INTERESTING SITUATION----Need to improve 1790! Read on please

<p>Okay. I have been reading these forums for the latter part of the past year, and decided to make my first post today. I am a dedicated student athlete (football) , and my 3.65 unweighted GPA (slacked fresh/soph years) is good enough for any school in the Ivy League, under one circumstance. Every coach that I have spoken with has told me that in order to play for them I need higher SATs- Totalling 1280+ on the old and 1900+ on the new. I took the March 10th SAT and scored as follows:</p>

<p>Math: 610 CR: 580 Writing: 600</p>

<p>My preparation for that test was a Kaplan class, which helped me next to nothing. </p>

<p>I am taking the May 5th SAT. My dad has undergone the luxury of purchasing another 4 or 5 of those "name brand" SAT Prep books. With that said, tonight we are purchasing the Rocket Power prep book spoken of so highly on CC.</p>

<p>With all that said, my question is simple. How can I boost my score from a 1790 to a 1900-1950 by the May 5th test?</p>

<p>I am not looking for a 2300 like many of you, just a 150 point increase. Any advice or experiences you may have would help immensely. Thanks again for your time and help.</p>

<p>i think you should try to improve math and writing first... bcus CR is hardest.</p>

<p>for math, if you know how to do all the problems then im guessing your just making silly mistakes. just remember to do practice problems and READ CAREFULLY.</p>

<p>for writing, i went from a 660 to a 790 by doing practice problems... basically all the agreement stuff (the PR review book is really good for writing BUT NOT FOR CR, totally screwed me over lol)</p>

<p>but good luck =)</p>


<p>Just started reading the Rocket Power guide....a lot less boring and dry compared to other books. Pretty informative also.</p>

<p>1) For Math and Writing, photocopy the real (Blue Book) tests, cut out the problems, and put them on flash cards. (Get your parents to help if you can, because this part takes a lot of time.) Go through the cards until you can get them all right. It really works. . . fast.</p>

<p>2) When looking for grammar mistakes on the writing section, look over the questions in this order: verbs first, then pronouns, then everything else. </p>

<p>Use the same order when you're studying. Focus first on the material about verbs (like verb tense and subject verb agreement). When you've mastered that, go on to pronouns. Only then should you tackle all the other little stuff. Any good prep book will explain to you the rules of verb and pronoun usage.</p>

<p>Your. . . essay. . . must. . . be. . . long. Practice writing for at least 10 to 20 minutes a day without stopping. Think of five good examples ahead of time, and five good introductory quotes. Then practice using them in timed essays. Instead of trying to come up with relevant examples, practice connecting your canned examples to a wide variety of topics. And on the real test, <em>start writing</em> and <em>keep writing</em>!</p>

<p>I agree with the previous poster that your best shot is math/writing, not CR.</p>

<p>Just buying 4 or 5 name brand prep books wont help. You have to read them and use them. A 150 point increase is definetely feasible</p>

<p>improving in writing and math is fairly simple. It just need (alot of) practice. use, as arklogic said, the 4 or 5 prep books you're going to get. 150 points aren't hard to get.</p>

<p>I would postpone you test to the June date so you'll have more time to study</p>

<p>coolgirlie- i would, except I NEED these scores to give to coaches by the end of May, plus a score better than my 1790 is a must when I go to all the Ivy League/NESCAC (spelling?) football camps I was invited to this summer.</p>

<p>Also, many of these schools require SAT IIs to get in, so I am taking US History and Math I in June. Also taking the ACT June 9th.</p>

<p>with that said, I have been hitting the books hard for the past few days and will continue to do so.....2 weeks left. anyone else with advice, feel free to chime in.</p>