After great feedback from many early readers, the highly requested guide is here!
This guide attempts to cover pretty much everything involving the SAT I. Much if it is links to resources, in a nicely organized format.
Why am I doing this? Because I found it annoying enough to have to study for the SAT, let alone search out the right stuff! Hopefully this will help you achieve the dream score you have been aiming for.
My scores (12 days apart!)
Step 1 - Which Books and Materials to Buy
Step 2 - Taking the CollegeBoard Official Practice Test Online
Step 3 - Resources for the SAT Math Section
Step 4 - Resources for the SAT Writing Section
Step 5 - Resources for the SAT CR (Critical Reading) Section
Step 6 - Tips for 800s on the SAT Math, Writing and CR
Step 7 - How to Use The Blue Book Effectively
Step 8 - How to Write a 12 Essay
Step 9 - Tips for the Night Before & Test Day
My SAT Study Schedule
Math: TI-Nspire with Touchpad (super strongly recommended! This calculator saved me so much time during the actual test - grab this even if you have a TI-89 or TI-84) If you really can't afford that, grab this one - it's almost as good.
Earplugs (wear them on the day if the proctors allow you - even if not, awesome for studying)
A notebook to write your answers in so that you can reuse the books (Note: if you are only planning on taking the SAT once (as I was), then just write in the books - makes process of elimination much easier.)
Note: add overnight shipping if the test is in less than 2 weeks.
Which version of the blue book should I get?
The second one, without question. It contains 3 actually administered tests, and you get free access to solutions for all the tests online.