im taking the sat this October and i want to raise my score about 100 - 200 points. i received a 1850 my first try (Math:580, CR:610, and Wr: 660) but i want to get at least a 1950 or maybe a 2000 (hee..in my dreams XD) can studying an hour a day (and most of the entire day weekends) improve my score? i have 3 AP classes and 5 other required classes in which i have homework so i won't have too much time on my hands. Especially with the collegenow program i have every T/TH. i get up at 6 and get home at 6:30 to do hw so i won't have too much time to study for my SAT. do you think i can reach my goal?
Easiest way is to get flashcards for math and just memorize the formulas and practice their applications for the majority of free time you do have to study. raising critical reading and writing isnt just about looking at passages and grammatical rules you really have to already be a pretty avid reader and do a lot of introspection at what you're looking at to be able to infer the type of stuff the sat asks. to raise those you might want to read news paper articles on a wide variety of subjects if you dont have timew to get into large fictional works or short stories
Yes. Definitely. I raised my score from 1760 to 2100 in a month of studying. A couple more weeks and I raised it to a 2250.
First, I disagree with the poster above me. Flashcards are a waste of time. Get the book PWN the SAT, or spend some time on the blog of the same name. Lots of info overlaps between them. It's mainly just for math though. It basically lays out exactly what types of problems appear on the math section, and tells you how to solve them in very easy ways, using very little actual "math class" math. Raised my score 150 points.
Also, you need the blue book. 10 tests. Published by College Board. Go through it along with PWN the SAT. Practice as much as you can. It will raise your score. But don't just do the tests, look through every single question you do, even the questions you got right, after you finish the test/section. Understand what the questions are. Find the patterns in the questions. Basically the entire test, in all sections, just asks for variations of some set of ideas or questions over and over. Find the patterns, find the best way to solve them. Make sure you truly understand the test.
Now, you may not have time to do all that in a month, but if you only want to raise your score 100-200 points, most of that work is probably unnecessary. But yes, you absolutely can improve your score in a month.
AKShockwave I also want to increase my score by about 200 points from low 1900's. Since the summer is over, I won't have time to take many more full-length practice tests. My question is: Would it be an effective means of studying if I did individual timed 25 minute sections from the BB (2-3 each day), and then reviewed my my answers right after each section?
^Yes. I actually forgot to mention that, but that's mainly how I studied. I only took like one actual full test, the rest were just sections at a time. Try to stick to one subject per day/session though, so for example you do the math sections one day, reading the next day, and writing the day after. That way you're getting focused practice on each subject individually.
Replies to: Will one month of practice suffice to improve my SAT score?
First, I disagree with the poster above me. Flashcards are a waste of time. Get the book PWN the SAT, or spend some time on the blog of the same name. Lots of info overlaps between them. It's mainly just for math though. It basically lays out exactly what types of problems appear on the math section, and tells you how to solve them in very easy ways, using very little actual "math class" math. Raised my score 150 points.
Also, you need the blue book. 10 tests. Published by College Board. Go through it along with PWN the SAT. Practice as much as you can. It will raise your score. But don't just do the tests, look through every single question you do, even the questions you got right, after you finish the test/section. Understand what the questions are. Find the patterns in the questions. Basically the entire test, in all sections, just asks for variations of some set of ideas or questions over and over. Find the patterns, find the best way to solve them. Make sure you truly understand the test.
Now, you may not have time to do all that in a month, but if you only want to raise your score 100-200 points, most of that work is probably unnecessary. But yes, you absolutely can improve your score in a month.