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How to study for SAT?

suxesssuxess Posts: 28Registered User New Member
My first time taking the sat i went in with no studying, no knowledge of what was even on the SAT (I didnt even know you had to write an essay!) I got:
CR 540
M 530
W 570

After this i mainly studied just test-taking skills.. not so much actual problems or what would necessarily be on the test and recieved:
CR 550
M 540
W 690


What is a good method to studying for the SAT? i am retaking in October.
Also what books/websites have helped yall the most?
Is it worth it to pay for a class?

thanks!
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Replies to: How to study for SAT?

  • wutheringgcwutheringgc Posts: 112Registered User Junior Member
    First, what grade are you in? Generally, one should try to take the SAT only 3 times max. With that being said, if October is your last chance, I would recommend studying/taking practice tests out of :
    1)CollegeBoard Blue Book (It's the official SAT Prep Guide and has a couple of practice tests)
    2)Barrons SAT Math/CR+W (This will let you target individual skills in the different subjects)
    3)A big book of just practice tests.

    I suggest taking a diagnostic test to see your current level. Record it. Then, I would rotate the Barrons books every day, intensely studying skills and topics for 1-2 hrs daily. It might be better to do it before you start your homework, so you can get it out of the way. It's REALLY easy to get distracted/lazy and not get to it if you put it off.
    I would do this for 1 or 2 weeks. At the end of that time, I would take a practice test.
    Keep doing this and you'll see your score improving, hopefully to the level you want it too!

    As for a class, imo it would depend on what college you're seriously thinking about attending and how much your score improves.
    I took a class-very pricey-and my score went up ~300 pts. So it is deftinately helpful.

    Good luck!
  • suxesssuxess Posts: 28Registered User New Member
    im a Junior, and im looking at University of Georgia or University of Southern California
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