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Improving SAT score by 100 in one month?

frokostfrokost 7 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
I took the SAT's recently, and I received a

600 in math
640 in reading
600 in writing...

I'm planning on taking the March SAT and my goal to have a combined Critical reading and math score of 1300. I do not care about the writing score!
It seems like no matter what I do, I am not improving or even de-proving (is that even a word? xD)
My parents can't afford SAT classes, so does anyone have some tips for me? Would raising my score up to that point in one month be easy or obtainable?

I already took the SATs twice and it will be my third time taking it. I do not want to take it any more than that!

This is REALLY important to me and I would love it if someone could help me out.

Thank you !
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  • AZGroveAZGrove 92 replies4 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Buy the blue book from college board (it's like 20 bucks), and just do all of the practice tests. See what you did wrong, and study vocab. You'll get better.
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  • frokostfrokost 7 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    Thanks for answering!
    I finished the blue book, and unfortunately I had a 40 point improvement only :(
    I feel that I should review everything again...
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  • LSC215LSC215 10 replies2 postsRegistered User New Member
    Math-all I can say is to review basic concepts, be aware of common mistakes/SAT tricks, and practice...I got a 680 in 7th grade w/o studying, so you really just need to know your basics up to pre-algebra as well as the obvious advice like don't spend too much time on one problem, if you can narrow it down to 2 answers take your best guess, etc. Oh, and look over your previous results to see if it's a certain area that is tripping you up.
    Critical reading-READ A LOT! Find reading material similar to that of the SAT passages and read it. Just getting used to the type of language used in the SAT articles helps a lot. Ignore the overly formal wording and focus on facts. Sort of keeping a running summary of the article in your head using everyday language rather than rereading the same sentence with weird wording helps too. (my score was 700, again from 7th grade)
    These are quick fixes from a one-time taker, but I hope it helps!
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  • PettyOfficerPettyOfficer 72 replies5 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    The good (and the bad thing) is that you got a 600 Math.

    Since it's Maths, a 600 means u can improve by at least a 150 and possible by 200, if you are willing to practice.

    Follow the above mentioned guidelines (My opinion differs on the use of calculator though).
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  • frokostfrokost 7 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    Thank you all! I will consider all tips, and I'm sure I can improve!
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  • neuromajorneuromajor 384 replies26 postsRegistered User Member
    You absolutely don't have to buy an expensive class to do well, I personally think their only use is to motivate not-driven students and force them to study.

    I agree with a lot of the above, practice smarter instead of repeating yourself! Figure out what concepts you're not understanding and focus on taking the time to learn them. Are you truly reviewing your practice tests, or just grading them and moving on? Take the time to figure out why you got an answer wrong, truly understand the mistake and seek out questions like it to focus on.

    For more tips maybe this can be useful:
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  • frokostfrokost 7 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    Thank you neuromajor! I will look at the tips.
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  • charlucascharlucas 130 replies2 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Standard advice I always got from test prep companies re bubbling was to do a page or so at a time--minimizes bubbling mistakes and saves time.
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  • WhoppaWhoppa 1 replies0 postsRegistered User New Member
    edited February 2014
    I went from a 1450 - 1930 with 3 weeks of studying.
    edited February 2014
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  • EatPoemsEatPoems 34 replies3 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    As you work through practice tests (Blue Book, SAT Online Course tests, the free one hosted on the ETS website), circle any question you guess on, even if you just guess between two answer choices. After you grade your tests, record all your mistakes AND GUESSES in a journal. I actually tell my students to keep 3 journals, one for each subject.

    After you've taken several practice tests, you start to detect patterns in the kind of errors you make. For instance, maybe you are shaky on math questions dealing with functions. Maybe you always miss writing questions dealing with how to join two independent clauses with a semi-colon, a semi-colon + transition word, or a comma + coordinating conjunction. Maybe you miss context-based questions on the CR but never the line-based questions. Heck, maybe you always miscalculate 7+5. Whatever it is you keep missing, you can address that pattern(s) of error, drilling those particular skills until they're solid.

    It's great you've taken Blue Book tests. Doing so helps you understand the SAT and practice the critical skill of *timing.* But without a rigorous and targeted review of where you're making mistakes AND WHERE YOU'RE GUESSING at questions, it will be hard to make big gains. Argh, I've been wanting to make a big huge post somewhere about the overall SAT prep strategy my company uses, but I'm not sure where it would be best to put that/whether people feel they need more advice on top of the other good advice piled up high on this forum :)

    Let me know if you need more help--I can recommend a short book that condenses a lot of SAT advice for those working under a time crunch.
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  • JDancerJDancer 495 replies11 postsRegistered User Member
    I went up over 100 in Math and Writing, my reading score was amazing not to brag, on my 2nd time after working hard everyday practicing with timing. Also, make sure to go over what you're getting wrong and don't be afraid to omit. I worked really hard to get these scores up and was so surprised when I received my scores and made huge improvements! Also, you only took it once and in January, I'm assuming, that's generally a time where not a lot of students take it which also effects the scoring and grading of the SAT and what you get so, March you might do better just based on how many take it. If worse comes to worse and you don't do well in March because of lack of time I suggest retaking it one more time in May or June or try the ACT. One of my peers wasn't improving on the SAT and actually went down on the 2nd or 3rd time they took it, they tried the ACT and got a 32 so, it all depends. Best of luck!
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  • starlight27starlight27 274 replies3 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited February 2014
    I took the SAT last year and raised my SAT score 200 points by self-studying. There are a lot of great tips on CC on how to improve. Take a look at Xiggi and Silverturtle- their advice is invaluable. Also, do AS MANY practice tests as you can get your hands on. There are QAS tests out there on the internet, and also the online college board course. What's important is that after each test, you go back and understand why not only your wrong answers were wrong, but also why your right answers were right. As for bubbling, find what works for you. Everyone says something different, but I found that bubbling in after each page was best for me.

    I would suggest getting the two "Direct Hits" vocabulary books and learning all of the words in them (there's about 500 total). The books are great, and I didn't get a single word on the SAT wrong after using them. For CR, what I liked to do was not read the questions beforehand, but rather see what lines each question referred to and bracket those lines before reading the passage. As I reached each bracket, I quickly did the question then went back to reading. That way, my answer to the question would not be swayed by the rest of the passage (I've been 'tricked' so many times by answering a question with context outside of the referenced lines). At this point, I don't think general reading is going to help you much since you only have a month, but definitely keep practicing!

    As for math, practice, practice, and practice some more. The same types of questions always pop up, so make sure you know how to answer every type of Math question on the practice tests. Go back to your tests and understand why every single question was right or wrong. I ended up with an 800 in Math by doing this, even though I had a similar starting point as you!

    Good luck! :)
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  • MandalorianMandalorian 1740 replies14 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    A couple things.

    1. You need to improve your reading comprehension. Read a fun book like Star Wars, Vampires, Harry Potter, etc whatever you like. This will help a lot more than you think.

    2. Take a small break from studying for the test. It may sound counter-productive, but really you will do better if the info/concepts take time to soak in, read your fun book in this time. Maybe a week or 2.

    3. Math- What kind of calculator are you using? You should for sure be using one with CAS (Computer Algebra) installed. You can also download SAT programs and store notes in your calculator. Be sure to take full advantage of this. I would go with a TI-89, TI-Nspire or HP-Prime, depending on which you are most comfortable with.
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  • elpianoelpiano 30 replies8 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    I also suggest that you buy a prep book and do the practice tests. After each one, go over your mistakes and learn from them. I found the SAT to be a pretty predictable test - there are certain question types that will always come up (especially on math!). Definitely don't just keep taking the real SAT over and over again - it's a waste of money when you could get the same experience by taking a practice test.

    One specific thing, though - definitely use the 'bracketing' technique mentioned above. It's a time saver, and actually will help you get more questions correct, as well.
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  • sirclutch23sirclutch23 36 replies4 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    First SAT i got 2200, second one 2310. They were December 2013 and January 2014, so about 1.5 months apart. The only way I did that was taking 2-3 sections a day. That is the only way to go. There is no shortcut here.
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  • icecreampieicecreampie 18 replies2 postsRegistered User New Member
    would anyone know if we could get to see real SAT questions anywhere? just took the January international test and I am hoping to push CR up to the 700s (now 610)
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