hello there! I actually made a thread similar to this a while ago (increase SAT score by 300-400 points?
) if you want to check it out.
I took my second SAT a few weeks ago so the score isn't out yet. I can't confirm if what I did increased my score, but I definitely felt more confident.
I like Direct Hits because it's fun to read. This sounds funny, but I would print out pages of definitions and put them in clear files and stick them in my shower, changing them weekly. Obviously, I didn't memorize all of the words, but I was exposed to them and some of them would go into my head.
Do you have an Apple Product? I rearranged the apps on my screen, changing the facebook app to the SAT Question of the Day app. Thanks to muscle memory, everytime I try to check facebook I would open up Q of the Day, hehe.
I see that you're weak in writing. Don't go out and buy a grammar book! I took the Princeton Review course and realized that they only test on a few things. Most workbooks cover almost everything you find in the SAT writing section. I think the biggest thing is pronoun-antecedent (but don't quote me on that!)
Also, reread some literature that you read in school for your essay. Catcher in the Rye is incredibly flexible, and the SAT loves asking about conformity.
Critical Reading is just practice and reading. Honestly, I don't think studying 82905681147284291 words pays off because there's only 5-8 questions on it per section. Just read more! You'll also be exposed to SAT words without having to sit there and memorize words, because that's boring xD
In one of my threads about practice tests (Practice Tests v.s Real SAT?
) johnnyzxz told me that SATs test on certain things ALL the time.
"There will ALWAYS be a triangle on your test. There will ALWAYS be a circle. There will ALWAYS be an x and a y. You can't ever think "oh, it's okay if I'm not so familiar with the area of a triangle, chances are they might not even test that." FALSE. It's that type of attitude that makes scores fluctuate so much. If you become familiar with what usually trips you up, you'll become a more steady scorer."
So find out what you're bad at, and learn it!
I am horrible at functions, so I skipped all of the function questions on my first SAT. My score report says I skipped 8 questions OTL. On the June SAT I counted and only skipped 1 because I went to my math teacher and asked her to teach me functions until I understood it. I think it paid off...hopefully....
I got a 1660 on my December SAT :\
After a few months, I was scoring 1900-2050 on my practice tests \o/
You can see my in-between practice test scores in the threads I linked
hope I helped C: