I have an absolutely terrible home life so I need a high SAT in order to get away from my family. I took the SAT through my school last month and did ABSOLUTELY awful. My score was a 1060 (540 M + 520 WCR). This is the only time I have taken it, but I am nearing the end of my Junior year so I don't have much time left.
My GPA is a 3.8/4.0 and I do not believe that my school participates in grade inflation. We are one of the top feeder schools to University of Michigan, so it must be doing something right. (We have between 85-100 people attend there every year.)
I am in advanced math, AP classes, advanced track in Spanish, honors English, honors science, etc.
I took a PSAT in a very relaxed setting at my school in October. We were allowed to have water, food, and our phones during break. They didn't jam pack each room with 45 people like they did last month and we were allowed to go to the bathroom whenever we asked. I did a lot better on this test scoring an 1180 (540 M + 640 W/CR). I did have trouble finishing every section, except for reading.
I realize both of my math scores are bad, but I am more concerned about the 120 point drop in W/CR.
I know most of, if not everything, they were asking me on the SAT but I just have an extremely hard time finishing in the allotted time frame. I am a really slow reader, I can't do math quickly, and I am not a fast decision maker.
When I took the reading section, I saw that I was not going to finish on time. This made me very anxious and so I bubbled around 20 random answers. I kept having to stop because I felt like I was going to have a panic attack. I didn't even have time to finish the writing section. I ended up leaving two answers blank.
By the time we got to math I realized that I was going to have to bubble some random answers because it was going to take me too much time to do things like synthetic division. I'm not at all shocked, but I ended up missing some really easy problems on things like subtracting complex numbers because I was trying to make more time to do things like grid-ins. I still felt really panicky, but there was just no time to stop. It probably did impact my concentration.
I would probably benefit from tutoring or review classes, but there is just no way that I will be able to afford them.
Most of my practice for the SAT consisted of doing PSAT math and really trying to understand the problems I was getting wrong. I focused more on this because I was trying to fix the 540. By the end of my practice, I was scoring around 620's so I was really upset to see that my math score didn't improve at all. I probably should have put a stricter time constraint on myself, but I wanted to really understand what I was doing.
I would probably benefit from extended time, but I know my mom won't jump through the hoops to get me it. She wouldn't even call the school to excuse my absences from AP testing. I can't even get her to drive me to the doctor.