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How much do you think someone could actually improve their SAT score.

EiraRheonEiraRheon Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
edited September 2013 in SAT Preparation
I plan on studying for at least 3 hours a day, five days a week. I scored a 1900 without studying and I need to boost my score from a 1900 to a 2100 and would love a 2200. Isn't the SAT supposed to be "study proof". I've heard that your score can generally only be raised 300 points and that it's nearly impossible to do that. I need to raise both my writing and math score to something over 700. I understand this limit on score improvement for critical reading, but for the writing section I've found that the same concepts are tested over and over again. I studied for the writing section for maybe a total of 6 hours after taking the real test and I've gotten a 780,750, and 800 on college board practice tests (increase from 610). I would also assume that there is a similar, though less extreme, amount of predictability in the math section. Do you think putting 15 hours a week of SAT prep could yield a 300+ score increase? I don't know if this would be overkill but with my stats, a 2200 sat score could put me in the running for colleges like Amherst as opposed to colleges like Trinity.
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Replies to: How much do you think someone could actually improve their SAT score.

  • pckellerpckeller Registered User Posts: 1,073 Senior Member
    I usually stay out of the "how much can I improve" threads. But as a tutor and sat-math-book author, I can tell you that many motivated students do in fact raise their scores by the amount you seek (and few of them work 3 hours/day, 5 days a week!). The SAT is many things but "study proof" is NOT one of them. There are other tutor/authors who post here all the time as well who can probably back me up on this one...

    I also think you are doing the right thing looking for the patterns. Toward that end, I encourage you to keep practicing with real SAT materials: Blue book, online course and whatever pdfs you can find here at CC -- check the stickies.

    Good luck!
  • JTO925JTO925 Registered User Posts: 51 Junior Member
    It is possible to raise your score. Where there's a will there's a way. SAT is not study proof. You can work the system and work the test. 3 hours might not be enough though, try to study a little more, maybe 4 - 5 hrs a day. Just make sure you study smart, don't study what you don't have to.
  • gomdorrigomdorri Registered User Posts: 721 Member
    It's totally possible to raise your score by a ton. I only started to actively study this summer (aka two weeks ago), and before that I didn't really do anything. I just improved from a projected ~1500 score to an average of 2250's on all of my practice SATs.
  • FickleFickle Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member
    The writing section is the most "coachable" in my opinion. Once you learn the essay formula, and the fact that all of the MC questions are based off of a few grammar rules, you should be able to ace that section easily. I wouldn't say math is much easier than reading to game, though.
  • Josh05Josh05 Registered User Posts: 289 Junior Member
    I know one member who raised her score by I think over 600 points or something like that since junior high years. I personally raised my score 500 scores and aim to have 100 more points added to get over a 2300.

    Lots of studying during the summer. A good SAT prep class at Elite helped me (not at that time because I just couldn't get everything then but now that everything is sinking in, the SAT is sooo much easier). Lots of practice tests. Studying 5000 vocabulary words is useless. Just study like 500 or something or read lots of difficult books. I studied 2500 words over the summer and forgot I think like 75% of them but now as I take the practice tests I rarely miss any questions on the vocab portion of the CR... usually it's just one in overall CR
  • gomdorrigomdorri Registered User Posts: 721 Member
    It is totally possible! Don't give up hope. :) I used to score 1500's to 1600's on practice SATs and the PSAT, and now I'm scoring in the 2250's (perfect scores in writing and math, 600's on CR)
  • TigerStepsTigerSteps Registered User Posts: 110 Junior Member
    1900 without studying is a lot. You can definitely reach the high end with College Board's official practice tests.
  • weightlessweightless Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    I don't think it's study-proof. The only scores that have a low chance of increasing are usually over 2300 (but don't quote me on that). I got ~1600s on my practices and one real SAT and I started studying more (a few hours a week) and my practice tests are 1900-2000. Hopefully my June SAT is in that range too.
  • LaurenneyLaurenney Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    Its definitely not study proof. Ask my math scores which increased 150+ points in a single weekend. The other sections took a bit more work, but I increased those at least 100pts ea rather quickly.
  • farcry007farcry007 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    Well, what people SAY about a certain range is completly baseless.

    In my first test, I got 1340(BB)(english isn't my first language) after 6 months, I got 2230. I had a bad test day. I'm retaking in October and hoping for at least 2300.
  • billcshobillcsho Registered User Posts: 16,767 Senior Member
    Each person is different. It is hard to say how much you can improve. But definitely, you can do much better after thorough preparation unless you are already at 2300+ that leave you little room to improve. Most people at the ~1800 may get 10-20% increase after some preparation. The higher your base score is, the harder to get big improvement. These are typical stat from test prep companies. A few extreme cases would not affect the average observations.
  • spuding102spuding102 Registered User Posts: 563 Member
    In the sophmore PSAT I got a 1420/2400. After taking 65 tests I was able to hit 800s in every section( including reading)albeit not concistently. I'm still waiting on my SAT scores but if on practice test I can improve 980 points than so could anybody (especially 300 points) goodluck
  • MandateMandate Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    I upped my score 590 points from my Freshman PSAT.
  • 2200andbeyondXD2200andbeyondXD Registered User Posts: 2,234 Senior Member
    I got a 1900 my first time too.. (minimal study)

    a 1950 2nd time (LOADS OF STUDY)

    and a 2160 last time

    I would say hell yeah. of course u can increase. the key is (no matter how cliche this is gonna sound :P) not only prac, but also understanding EVERY SINGLE MISTAKE.

    and my 2nd 1950 was mostly cuz i freaked out BIG TIME. I was aiming too high (for an 800 in Math).. the first section I got after the essay was math, I left 2 questions, and u can just imagine the paranoia i was in! I was thinking the whole time of how to come back to that section!
    so don't do that.

    In my last test, when i was relaxed, I did get that magical 800. and i was surprised cuz i didn't have it in mind while solving.. just did my best (and the test was ridiculously easy :P) I know it's not the legendary 500 points increase, i hope my experience helps XD

    btw.. this thread has a 8,988 views to 13 responds.. wooow lol :D
  • ANNE1389ANNE1389 Registered User Posts: 220 Junior Member
    My son increased his score 250 points with 2 weeks of study. After seeing this jump, I am encouraging my other children to prepare early for this. I had NO IDEA that you could improve that much from studying.

    Keep in mind though that a 1900 is still a good score. Yes, there is room for improvement, but don't beat yourself up to achieve perfect marks.
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