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SAT Advice!

vcfan304vcfan304 34 replies12 threads Junior Member
I'm almost done with my SAT Prep Princeton Review Course for the March 10th SAT. My score is only at a 2020, but I find the class WAY to easy, except for the critical reading section.

Last practice test:
750 math
720 writing
550 critical reading

Sadly, this is the highest I've gotten on critical reading, as my writing and math scores are pretty consistent. I really want to improve my critical reading but I just can't! I can't read quickly or effectively. Any Advice? Also, should I just spend the next two weeks on only math and writing and try to get 800s on those so that my super-score looks good? I was thinking about just stopping studying for critical reading and doing a course on CR over the summer to get that 700+ with math+writing already done due to super score.
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  • yodeloyodelo 948 replies126 threads Senior Member
    memorize vocab perhaps using direct hits?
    Read articles/newspapers to help with CR

    You shouldn't focus on one subject, but rotate through them to keep it fresh
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  • vcfan304vcfan304 34 replies12 threads Junior Member
    bump. please help!
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  • rinatarinata 60 replies2 threads Junior Member
    If your math and writing scores are fairly consistent then you should definitely study vocab. I agree with yodelo - perhaps try using Direct Hits.

    Try studying on your own first and see how well you do, then you can decide whether you want to take a course for it.
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  • glidoglido 5986 replies25 threads Senior Member
    "You shouldn't focus on one subject, but rotate through them to keep it fresh "

    I agree with the above.

    Also, I think it is too late to study vocab for the March 10 test. Just do the best you can and wait to see your score. You can always take SAT again after some additional focused work on CR. It takes a lot of reading to get your speed and comprehension up.
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  • newyorkmydreamsnewyorkmydreams 507 replies70 threads Member
    try to take timed tests, that upped my score 200 points itself.
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  • Magaxx2Magaxx2 7 replies13 threads New Member
    was it ur first time?
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  • hilster4hilster4 40 replies2 threads Junior Member
    My CR score was 580 math 800 Writing 710..Please help on CR what to do???
    will DH really help?? i need to increase by 100
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  • giatns4210giatns4210 310 replies134 threads Member
    Yeah. My first sat I got a 570 CR with 780 m and 740 w. I just focused and studied both volumes of direct hits and practiced. But I mean, on Saturday mornings I did like 2 full CR tests. Practicing, (cross your fingers) I think raised my score to a 730. Still waiting foe the march sat scores though. Sigh...
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  • hilster4hilster4 40 replies2 threads Junior Member
    how about the ACT ? are you gonna study for that or only focus on SAT?
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  • hilster4hilster4 40 replies2 threads Junior Member
    and did you have a set amount of words that you made yourself study per day or no?
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  • giatns4210giatns4210 310 replies134 threads Member
    I had 2 months to study, so I did 50 words every weekend, accumulating to the 400 total words.
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  • hilster4hilster4 40 replies2 threads Junior Member
    did you not even attempt the ACT?
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  • giatns4210giatns4210 310 replies134 threads Member
    The sat and act have different formats, and different types of questions. Doing well, I'd heard, now realizing it's pretty true, is mostly about becoming more familiar with the test. So I took a practice test for the sat and the act, and since I did better on the sat, I focused on that. Maybe next year, I'll take an act in the fall just to see how I do, but I don't think I'm gonna be studying that hard, if at all, for it.
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  • hilster4hilster4 40 replies2 threads Junior Member
    are there any SAT books that you loved? beside DH..which i just bought..i finished the college board book,Barrons,and Princetons how to crack the SAT, any other suggestions of good review tests?
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