The SAT is almost entirely a multiple-choice test.
essay and the math grid-ins are exceptions.
questions are particularly vulnerable to good strategy. Why? On
every SAT question, the answer is always right there in front of
you. It’s just hidden among a bunch of wrong answers. Your job is
to select the right answer.
Taking the SAT is often just that simple: You’ll read
a question, come up with an answer, look at the answer choices,
and bingo—you’ll find the answer.
But sometimes you’ll read a question and just not know
how to proceed. Maybe the problem is that you don’t understand the
vocabulary words or got stuck on the math or can’t spot the grammar
error. Whenever that happens, you should not just assume
the question is impossible and skip it. Instead, first try to eliminate
answer choices until you’ve either found the right answer or put
yourself in a good position to guess by cutting at least one choice.
The strategies for eliminating answers vary by question
type. The specific strategies that we explain for each question
type later in this book are designed to tailor and sharpen your
answer-eliminating skills to every kind of question you face on
the SAT. For now, remember that just because you don’t know
how to answer a question right away doesn’t mean you won’t be able
to figure it out.