The 80/20 Rule:
The Most Efficient Way to Prep for the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT

In 1906, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto created a simple formula aimed at explaining the unequal and biased distribution of wealth that existed among the population. According to Pareto, 20% of the people controlled 80% of the wealth. Today, savvy businessmen and economists alike have adopted this rule to create maximum-efficiency methodologies that prioritize any changes that may serve to improve the outcomes of adopted initiatives.

At Ryan Prep, our methodology is heavily based on the simple logic that x<20% of the study leads to x>80% of results. In order words, we have strived to find the easiest and most efficient methods of preparing students for all major standardized exams—mainly the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT.

During our research on this topic, we found something shocking. The more we dug, the more we were convinced that LESS effort (to solve a problem) can often lead to BETTER results/outcomes. We call this proprietary methodology “The XO Approach,” which signifies an effort to move from “wrong” (X) to “right” (O) in the simplest manner possible. Some of our tactics include training the mind to uncover the “core” (central ideas/points) of an issue and to identify any “noncore” matters (the details that supplement the main ideas/points) that may exist; this strategy allows students to easily understand and solve even the trickiest of questions.

Our goal is to simplify complex concepts by shedding any less-than-necessary items, thus helping students learn to swiftly and accurately analyze texts to confidently solve problems.