i went from a 1050 PSAT (math +verbal only) to a 1370 SAT my third time taking it. I got a 1240,1260 first 2 times, and lemme tell you, i was ****ed!
i think that private tutors aren't really any help, the best help is self help. :-)
if you are taking the old SAT, i suggest you get a math +verbal workbook and do those. that will help you the most. (i suggest PR
) Finishing those (and knowing the info) will practically guarantee you a 1200 minimum..i wish i had done a verbal workbook, but i didn't hvae the time. however, i did do a crappie workbook (ARCO) but it actually helped me out i think, or i just did better..660 to 640 to 710 math...i actually suggest Barrons for math, because they give you more math than needed, but you never know, it just might show up on the test.
For verbal, i still suggest PR
Also, take a lot of practice tests, and memorize sparknotes 1000 most common SAT words found at their site.
this is assuming you are taking the old SAT, and you have time (meaning you are taking it in january)
if you dont have time, borrow a math workbook from the library and do it. that is what i did-i did the book in 5 day. i promise you, your math will go drastically. i bet you will be able to get 650+ on math by doing the workbook..good luck!