All You Need To Know About SAT: Part 19

Written by: Helen Donohoe


***Helen Donohoe, M.S.Ed., is a teacher of English and French in the Hamilton/Burlington area. She holds practice SAT sessions on Saturdays on an informal, drop-in basis at Cedar Springs Racquet Club where she is a member, long-time tennis hacker and aficionado.

In this section of the website we will be publishing short paragraphs on various aspects of SAT. Please leave your questions/comments here, and Helen will be happy to respond to any specific concerns from students/parents***


SAT Strategies: Answering the Questions in Order or Choosing Those You Can Do Best

The strategies vary according to the section:

MATH – Look first for the questions you can do quickly. Then do the rest.


1. Sentence Completion – The questions are usually in order of difficulty, so start at the beginning.

2. Short Reading Passages – There are usually only four questions to answer based on two passages. If the passages are not related, deal with the questions on each passage separately. If the two passages are related, read both before answering the questions.

3. Long Reading Passages – Skim the questions. If they deal with specific line references in the passage, do them as you reach those lines. Otherwise, read the entire passage before answering the questions.


1. Improving Sentences – It is best to do these in order, as the level of difficulty does not vary greatly.

2. Identifying Sentence Errors – as for Improving Sentences.

3. Improving Paragraphs – As you read the paragraph, you will likely spot errors. Check to see if some of the questions focus on these errors and do them right away.

Remember too that if you do the questions out of order, it is very important to make sure that you do not inadvertently omit some questions. Always check this.

A New Reality By Nicolas Pereira

This past week in the World Team Tennis ‘Bubble” I have seen the efforts to keep everyone safe while carrying on a team competition with around 60/70 players and coaches onsite. Counting organizers, officials, media, and support personnel are around 150 people trying hard to make this happen. I am very impressed by how the strict protocol has been handled and how everyone is invested in making this event a success, but The Open is a completely different scale of details.

ONcourt Interviews NGTL Co-Founder Yves Boulais

It does not matter that you get your rating playing locally or that you had spent an insidious amount of money playing the ITF junior tour tournaments. Your rating is your level of play (you get no bonus for playing more or playing far away). This allows us to break free of the ITF competitive structure potentially saving us time, money, and headache. We see this as a great opportunity to improve the logistic of our sport.

Brandon Burke (son of ACE President Doug Burke) Elected to WTA Board

As revealed in a recent news release issued by the WTA Tour – Brandon Burke has been elected to the WTA Board of Directors (to start officially in September). Oncourt got together with Brandon to delve a bit more into his background and to gain some insight into this wonderful appointment he has attained at such a young age.