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 deeper dive into second serve statistics

The two most widely reported second serve statistics in professional tennis are the number of double faults a player hit, and their second serve winning percentage. If we’re trying to understand the effectiveness of a particular player’s second serve, relying only on those statistics has significant drawbacks. Article by Michal Kokta.

Yves Boulais: No Excuses… Get Working

Yves was proud to work with players including Greg Rudsedski, Patricia Hy, Oliver Marach, Eugenie Bouchard and Rebecca Marino, who achieved excellent results on the world stage. He was an Olympic Coach in Barcelona 1992 & Atlanta 1996, and Captain of the Canadian FedCup Team 1998 – 2000.

Update on UK Tennis Situation with Master Louis Cayer

I would like to share a mindset I instil in all the players I coach, one I believe has greatly influenced all of the player’s performances; “whatever happens, I can handle it.” This mindset is achieved through a systematic, tactical development process, so that whoever the opponent, whatever the surface, regardless of the environment, or scoring, the players can, and will rise to the challenge as it is presented.