Sometimes the simplest techniques are the most effective. For instance, one of the best ways to up your SAT or ACT score is to actively engage in POE, or Process of Elimination. It’s especially helpful for the reading and English sections. The SAT blasts you with five answer choice possibilities. At first, it seems overwhelming. Take control of the situation by crossing out answer choices you know are wrong, especially those that are off-topic. That’s right….mark through with your pencil every answer choice that’s obviously wrong. Soon you’ll realize that you’re really only choosing between two possible answer choices, not five, and often you’ll mark your way down to the best answer right away. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can eliminate answer choices in your head. It doesn’t work. Cross them out with your pencil, and you’ll be surprised how the right answer seems to jump right out at you.

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