Welcome to my website
My name is Erica Meltzer, and I'm a New York City-based tutor and test-writer as well as the author of The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar and The Critical Reader: The Complete Guide to SAT Critical Reading.
This site is based on the premise that the SAT tests crucial reading, writing, and analytical skills that are often neglected in school but that are nonetheless important for success in college and beyond. My goal here is to make accurate, high-quality advice and test preparation publicly available. Check out my blog, my SAT/ACT Study Guides, and my Vocabulary and Grammar Exercises.
Links to Full Practice SATs
For additional passage-based reading and math practice, you can also use tests in pre-2005 format: 2004 + Answers; 2003 + Answers; May 2002; and October 2001
The Critical Reader is now available on Amazon!
Intended to demystify what is often considered the most challenging section of the SAT in a straightforward, logical manner, The Critical Reader includes:
- -A list of 300 top words, a roots list, and "second meanings" list, along with 75 practice sentence completions and strategies for working through them.
- -An entire chapter devoted to each type of question (including function/purpose, vocabulary-in-context, tone, and inference), as well as tools for working through each type of question.
- -A guide to common passage topic and themes, with a focus on helping students "read the test."
- -Strategies for reading passages, locating important information, and identifying correct and incorrect answers more quickly and confidently.
- -Extensive exercises designed to reinforce each concept presented.
- -A list of all the Critical Reading questions in the Official College Board Guide, 2nd Edition (2009), grouped both by category and by test.
The Critical Reader mentioned on CBS Moneywatch
Lynn O'Shaugnessy has cited thecriticalreader.com as one of Five Great SAT Prep Websites that Won't Break Your Budget.
Debbie Stier at Bronxville High: Ten Top SAT Tips
Now on Amazon: Buy "Eight Multiple Choice SAT Writing Tests" by itself OR with "The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar"
Study top vocabulary words, grammar, and reading, and learn test-taking strategies.
Take diagnostic exams and practice quizzes to prepare for the reading and writing sections of the SAT and ACT.