“How do we get these scores to go up?” I hear this question from parents and students all the time, and my reply is always: “Practice, practice, practice.” There’s no major secret; it’s a matter of putting in the time and effort by completing as many timed practice sections as possible and following specific strategies and methods to save time and increase raw points.

But … there are 4 very important letters that I always stress to all my students: RTFQ. Read The Freakin’ Question! Many times, students will read the words to a question but not closely enough. They’ll see one thing and then think another so it’s truly a matter of slowing down and remaining focused, which takes lots of practice.