please post your prep timeline.</p>
<p>13 years old-- bought my first SAT prepbook (lol... i was such a nerd). worked on various sections and on the verbal lists intermittently for 3-4 years. I only took one full-length, timed test during that time. Didn't work on it extensively. </p>
<p>2 days before PSAT-- worked through relevant sections in book aforementioned above and the PSAT handout. Total prep time: 5ish hours.</p>
<p>Scores: 73 CR 68 M 73 WR </p>
<p>3 weeks before 1st sitting SAT, end of junior year-- got new SAT book from library... reviewed new writing sections, reviewed new math concepts, did almost all the practice questions. I worked on it mainly during my breaks at work. lol. Probably not a very conducive place for studying. But anyway, Total time: 9ish hours</p>
<p>Scores: 650 CR 680 M 680 WR </p>
<p>(eep...not very good scores, but that week I was TOTALLY exhausted... friend was seriously depressed, so I was staying up late a lot, trying to keep an eye on him... wasnt getting much sleep at all. I really think it was the culprit there. Make sure you get adequate rest! )</p>
<p>1 day before 2nd sitting SAT, beginning of senior year-- reviewed math concepts, did a few CR and WR questions to get back into the swing of things.</p>
<p>Scores: 740 CR 690 M 750 WR</p>
<p>(adequate practice + good night's rest= good scores :) )</p>
<p>thanks for all the great info.</p>
<p>i did a section a day for 2 months before my final sitting (2290)</p>
<p>PSAT: (junior year)</p>
<p>650 (65) CR<br>
680 (68) M
710 (71) W</p>
<p>Preparation: 3 weeks worth spread out over about a month. I practiced intensely on weekends, and sometimes on weekdays I'd practice a lot. During the spring break, I did a lot of practice. About 6 tests and 2 tests from the Kaplan writing workbook. My scores on the practice went from 2090 up to 2250.</p>
<p>SAT: (April 1st)</p>
<p>770 CR (3 wrong) <-----weakest became the strongest, haha . . .
720 M (2 omitted, 2 wrong MC, 1 wrong grid-in)
710 W (3 wrong for 72 MC, 9 essay) <--------strongest became the weakest . . . apparantly I've gotten absolutely no skills since the PSAT. :P</p>
<p>The week before the test was when I really started studying, picking my weakest area to focus on. </p>
<p>Through the year took a PSAT and studied for a few days about every two months (or however long between "not-going-to-get-into-college" freakouts). I did some prep during summer where I just did some practice questions a few times a week every once in a while.</p>
<p>I will study a lot more of the next one now that I have an idea of what the real exam is like.</p>
<p>Tools: Online practice questions and Kaplan software ($60)</p>
<p>Didn't study for PSATs though, I wanted to gauge how much I actually needed to improve/study later.</p>
<p>PSAT2004: 1880 (CR:670 M:630 W:580)
PSAT2005: 2040 (CR: 660 M:680 W:700)
SAT April: 2180 (CR:710 M:770 W:700)</p>
<p>Started blitzing for the PSAT a week before the test. 100% practice tests and no general review. </p>
<p>221 (CR: 68 M:80 W:73)</p>
<p>Here's my routine:</p>
<p>1.Buys "official" prep book.
2.Ignores it for about 6 months.
3.Take one prep exam one day before the test.
4.Pray to god.
5.Get a lousy 2160. </p>
<p>I should study harder.</p>
<p>I went to prep class for 1 month, then I took the oct. SAT and PSAT.
2120 and 226.
Then I did 2 montbs of prep. I got a 2300.</p>
<p>lol... silly goose... 2160 is very good. even if you are applying to HYPS, you aren't far off target.</p>
<p>None, really... Got Dictionary.com's word of the day and college boards' question of the day, but that's about it. And I didn't always do it.</p>
<p>Got a 2260 the first time, 2310 the second.</p>
<p>I did review for the SAT II's, though.</p>
<p>PSAT: Did the practice exam. Came out with a 219 (69 CR, 77 M, 75 W).</p>
<p>SAT: Did the Collegeboard's online practice exam distractedly and received a 1980. Day before the test, did 2 sections of one practice test from the blue book. Received a 2260 (730 CR, 790 M, 740 W, essay 12).</p>
<p>Total time spent: About 6 hours, of which about an hour was actually serious.</p>
<p>Oh, I did take the PSAT twice. So I guess that can count as reviewing.</p>
<p>3 days before the exam (i skipped school for 2 of those)</p>
<p>and i made a 1480 (old)</p>
<p>then again when i actually put in 2 weeks of review for the one after</p>
<p>i made a 1590 (old) :)</p>