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Any way to guarantee a 2400 on the SAT?

monkeycloudmonkeycloud Posts: 232Registered User Junior Member
I know that you can't really say for certain that doing "so and so" will guarantee a perfect on the SAT, but what are several steps to at least greatly increase the chances of this?

If I studied several "thousand word vocab lists, like Barron's or Gruber's" thoroughly and took almost every SAT practice test out there and reviewed wrong answers, will it really increase my chances of getting a 2400, or at least very close? Really, how much of it is determined by luck and how much is set into stone by practicing/studying/reviewing beforehand?

I'm seriously willing to work at this in any way possible and is there absolutely anything else I can do to make this happen? Thanks.
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Replies to: Any way to guarantee a 2400 on the SAT?

  • rb9109rb9109 Posts: 386Registered User Member
    I got a 2400. No need for all those ridiculous vocabulary lists; it is all about learning words you don't know. During "life" in the past 2 years, I simply wrote down SAT caliber words I didn't know. This amounted to a 200 word list on an Excel spreadsheet; I knew each word cold the day before the test. In November, when I took the SAT, 9 words on my list were sentence completions.

    Taking every practice test out there? Not quite. Take every Official College Board (i.e. "real") practice test out there and review wrong answers, especially explanations from the Online Course. That's the best advice I can give you.

    As far as a 2400, yes it is luck. Gifted mathematicians can make careless mistakes on the math section because it is so trivial. For God's sake, be on your toes in math on test day - you can't miss even one. In critical reading, get all the sentence completions right; that usually leaves you with 2 to miss on the passages. In the writing section, get an 11 or 12 on the essay! Then you can miss a couple (maybe three) for an 800 there.

    For me, my 2400 was a "perfect" 2400 - I didn't miss a single question. But remember that there is a bit of slack on the curve; know how well you have to do.
  • monkeycloudmonkeycloud Posts: 232Registered User Junior Member
    ^ Wow, thanks! That really helped boost my confidence, kind of. I guess that even if you know it, you have to just avoid those careless mistakes.
  • JohnC613JohnC613 Posts: 1,580Registered User Senior Member
    >2350 is basically a perfect
  • KowloonKowloon Posts: 896Registered User Member
    colleges consider a 2300 and 2400 to be practically equal... so don't commit suicide if you don't get a 2400.. / jk
  • interelations09interelations09 Posts: 374. Member
    Go in, do the practice CB tests, don't stress and like John said, colleges don't really care if you get a 2370 or a 2400, so if you are already scoring around that area, don't worry too much.
  • SenluckSenluck Posts: 353Registered User Member
    To give a tip for the essay part, you must practice, timed. That way, you are more confident in actual testing day.
  • PKswmr76PKswmr76 Posts: 1,669Registered User Senior Member
    meh, i scored 2400 without doing much to prepare

    for vocab, i memorized a list of 250 words that i got from princeton review i think and every single right answer on the sentence completions was one of those words...so yeah i got really lucky

    for writing and math, all it took was lots of practice. i took 8 practice tests before taking the real one (blue book)

    good luck
  • LiistLiist Posts: 1,787- Senior Member
    Those last 100 points are a matter of luck for many people, unless you're a super genius.

    You can't guarantee anything until you have your vocabulary mastered.
  • NarcissaNarcissa Posts: 3,935- Senior Member
    lol my val from last year got a 2400 without having opened a single book. but if you knew her she was like USAMO, writing competitions, etc. in fact when she spoke it sounds like shes quoting some of th CR reading passages >_> haha jk not that bad but still, it was like no matter how many times she takes it she'll probably still get a perfect 2400. no luck involved.
  • gkc4gkc4 Posts: 385Registered User Member
    Contrary to Narcissa....luck is definitely involved.

    The first time I took the SATs, I got a 650 in CR. I was shocked because on my PSATs I had gotten 780 and 800 (freshmen/sophomore year). But guess what happened when I took the SATs a second time? I got an 800. No studying, memorizing words, anything. And I didn't find the first SAT CR I took to be harder or more difficult, and I wasn't "feeling bad" or whatever on that day. IMO luck is definitely involved lol

    One of my good friends (who was invited to USAMO but he rejected the invitation to go to RSI and has already been accepted ED MIT and UChi, basically a huge genius and polymath) didn't get a 2400. He got like a 2370 or something, I don't think it's because he lacked the skills to get those last points...
  • NarcissaNarcissa Posts: 3,935- Senior Member
    ^well did he get those points off of the math section? cuz being a USAMO qualifier and RSI admittee doesn't also make him a literature/writing genius :)
  • amb3ramb3r Posts: 1,504Registered User Senior Member
    There's some luck to it, but for some people, there's more luck than others. What I mean is that 2400 is the very top of the scoring range for a few who do get that score (they might get a 2400 once out of twenty tries) whereas others really are capable of getting a 2400 and the mistakes they make are practically all careless.
  • gkc4gkc4 Posts: 385Registered User Member
    @ Narcissa:

    Like I said, genius polymath. I work with him as an editor on newspaper, and he's a brilliant writer. His essays have won awards, and his vocabulary is insane. In no way does he "lack" in writing and critical reading... it amazes me sometimes how great he does in every subject. lol

    I don't know in which subject he lost the points, but as far as I'm concerned I see absolutely no difference between a 2400 and a 2370.
  • NarcissaNarcissa Posts: 3,935- Senior Member
    lol true. The points he lost are probably from careless mistakes. After all, if i go back and do single-digit multiplication, i'd probably still get a lot of them wrong >_>
  • GaimanFan08GaimanFan08 Posts: 49Registered User Junior Member
    I bought the Princeton Review's practice book like barely a month before the test, and just did the last few questions on each practice test (supposedly the hardest questions). Then, about 2 days before the test, I took a look at the vocab list and memorized it.

    I got a perfect score on my first attempt. =P

    PS: Don't sweat it, the SAT is easy.
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