New York, NY (PRWEB) June 21, 2012
From the time that they attend preschool, students are taught to seek right answers. Throughout their academic careers, students learn to evaluate their available answer choices, weigh their validity, and select the answer choice that's the "most right." While this approach might seem logical, one test prep expert suggests that this intuitive approach is the worst imaginable strategy when taking the SAT and ACT.
Anthony-James Green, founder or Test Prep Authority and widely considered one of the best SAT tutors in the country, urges students to focus on the WRONG answers when taking their exams. While this approach might seem strange at first, Green has empirical evidence to prove its efficacy in test-taking environments.
"These tests are tests of tricks - the SAT especially," says Green of his elimination method. "If students try to find the right answers, and try to figure out which answers are "the most right," they're falling right into the traps that the test makers are setting for them. The makers of these exams are incredibly skilled at creating answer choices that seem legitimate at first glance, but which are actually deeply flawed upon closer inspection. The second students start looking for errors rather than virtues in their error choices, they'll start to see right through the trickery that these test makers rely on."
Green developed his "elimination method" over many years, experimenting with different approaches until he settled upon the strategies which worked best for the SAT and ACT. Green has personally coached nearly 300 students in the SAT and ACT, with an average score improvement over over 350 points - an industry-beating record. Additionally, his curriculum is taught online and through community centers to thousands of students around the world. After observing his students' results, the answer seems clear: focusing on errors is, by far, the best way to improve one's ACT and SAT scores.
"The elimination method isn't some pet theory - it's a tried and true fact. To use the method, students simply need to root out and kill the wrong answer choices until they're left with the "least wrong" answer, but it's easier said than done. To truly embrace the method, students and their parents need to realize a basic fact of logic: it's much easier to prove something wrong than it is to prove something right."
"If a student is looking at a grammar problem on the SAT or ACT, he could spend minutes trying to figure out whether each choice is valid. This is a ridiculous waste of time! Asking "why something is good" is a futile exercise, because it's so difficult to say whether something is right. However, figuring out whether something is WRONG is much easier. For instance, does the answer choice have a misplaced modifier in it? Wrong. Does it have an improperly placed pronoun? Wrong. Is the tense wrong? These errors are objective, and they're simple to pinpoint. In a few seconds, a student can wipe out the wrong answers and end up with an "error-less" answer choice. That's what the student needs to choose every single time."
To show students how to use the elimination method to greatest effect, Green has just released a free video guide via his website at the following address:
Students are encouraged to watch the free examples on the site and apply the method immediately to their studies.
"I'm extremely excited to see more students use this method. When compared with students using the classic "right answer selection" method, students using the elimination method are night and day. They blow them out of the water.
The elimination method is part of a larger service which Green offers to his clients at:
Subscribers to Green's free Test Prep Method newsletter receive twice-weekly emails full of articles, practice problems, software downloads, and more to help them get the SAT and ACT scores that they're looking for. Green offers programs for both parents and students to help families across the globe improve their standardized test scores by using his methods.
Green is the president of Test Prep Authority and author of multiple books on test prep, including Own the SAT, How to Take a Standardized Test, The Perfect 12 Manual to the SAT Essay, Ever College Question Answers, and Vivid Vocab, a new SAT vocabulary software released by Green's firm, PrepRocket.
Green lives in downtown Manhattan, where he works full time on Test Prep Authority when not tutoring his individual clients via his personal booking site at: