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The SAT does not test students on their historical knowledge, but about forty percent of its reading passages contain historical content. Many students, including those who have taken multiple SAT classes, struggle with these passages because they lack the background knowledge that would help them understand what they are reading.
Instead of offering more test-taking skills and strategies, History According to SAT: A Content Guide to SAT Reading and Writing summarizes about seven hundred years of history in a concise, easy-to-read narrative that makes over 140 direct connections to SAT passages. This knowledge-based approach to the test will allow students to minimize their reliance on test-taking skills and strategies and simply understand what they are reading.
Elizabeth Breau, Ph.D., double-majored in history and English as an undergraduate at Rutgers University before completing her graduate work at Vanderbilt University. She has taught grades 7-12 as well as numerous college classes and has been in business as a private tutor since 2011. She was a co-recipient of the 2008 College Board Bob Costas Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing for her role in a student publication. She has published scholarly articles, book reviews, including many about history books, and lifestyle articles, one of which appears in Chicken Soup for the Divorced Soul. History According to SAT is her first book.