During the week before each SAT test date, I meet with each of my students to go over last minute pointers. We review content and strategy, we discuss their expectations, and we visualize the upcoming test date, says Isabela Guimaraes, a top tutor at Applerouth Tutoring Services in Bethesda, Maryland, for the Washington Post. We discuss all of the things 17 year olds rarely think to plan for: what they’ll have for breakfast, who will drive them to the test, which radio station they’ll listen to as they pull into the school parking lot. And it works. Students walk into the SAT calmer and more ready to succeed if they know what to expect, and their scores are often higher as a result.  After coaching dozens of students through their visualization of various SATs, I began to feel like a fraud. I have always been confident in my ability to solve any SAT problem, but I began to wonder whether I could do it quickly and accurately enough to max out the test. So I spent a recent Saturday morning reliving one of a long list of unpleasant high school experiences: I took the SAT…

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