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Complex exams like the SAT & ACT are often compared to sports or skills, in large part because mastering any of these tasks takes a lot of time. You can’t cram for the SAT any more than you can cram for the World Series or opening night at Carnegie Hall. But why does preparation and mastery require so much time for what is substantially an academic challenge? Of course, a quick study might be able to encode most of the grammar and math rules tested in a day or two, but that content, as broad and deep as it is, only represents a fraction of what the exams challenge. An important reason why so many sports, skills, and standardized tests take a long time to master involves the idea of retrieval. Consider how many complex rules, routines, strategies, and factual frameworks an expert must not just remember but also recall…

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