Need Advice...1500 SAT :(

<p>Hello Everyone, I'm a new member and i've been doing some research, and If anyone is willing to help i'd appreciate it :) I want to significantly increase my SAT score in order to apply to Columbia(I know its a stretch). I've learned that the books I should purchase include Gruber's Math Workbook, Direct Hits Volume I & II, College Board SAT book(most recent volume) and Barron's SAT writing workbook. Please let me know if this sounds good. As well, can someone help me out with creating a schedule? Whatever you think may be best!</p>

<p>ok College Board SAT book is your best resource, the other items will help definitely and yes they are the most reliable ones esp. DH. But focus most of your time on PRACTICE TESTS..do about 1-2 sections a day all summer, and do a full Practice TEST once a week..make sure you review every solution to every question you missed or even the ones you didn;t miss..reviewing the solultions is the most critical part to improving your score.
WHen it gets to about 4 weeks before the SAT day, start doing 3 sections per day if you can.. and then do 2 full practice tests per week 2 weeks before test, then just relax couple days b4 test
Again, practice tests and reviewing answers are most crucial part:) remember to time yourself, try to finish earlier and earlier as SAT day comes close</p>

<p>My schedule for preparing for standardized exams (not the SAT; it was for PSAT before 9th grade) was as follows:</p>

<p>Sunday:</p>

<p>[ul]Prepare weekly schedule
[<em>]Ensure that all appropriate materials (calculator, pens, pencils, books) are available
[</em>]Outline one subject you would like to study in-depth for the week
[/ul]</p>

<p>Monday*:</p>

<p>[ul]Take three consecutive sections of the one topic selected (CR, M, W)
[<em>]Review answers
[</em>]Do practice exercises based upon the questions I got wrong
[li]Select five terms to commit to memory from that topic[/li][/ul]</p>

<p>Tuesday:
[ul]Take the day off
[<em>]Set aside proper materials for next study session
[</em>]Commit list of terms to memory[/ul]</p>

<p>Wednesday*:</p>

<p>[ul]Take three consecutive sections of selected topic (timed)
[<em>]Review answers
[</em>]Do practice exercises based upon incorrect answers
[<em>]Compare your wrong answers from today with those from Monday
[</em>]Compile a list of 10 terms to memorize (all pertaining to your current section of choice)
[/ul]</p>

<p>Thursday:</p>

<p>[ul]Take the day off
[<em>]Prepare materials for the next day
[</em>]Commit list of terms to memory
[/ul]</p>

<p>Friday*:</p>

<p>[ul]Take three consecutive sections of selected topic (timed in a setting as close to an SAT exam room as you can get; I use my library's quiet room)
[<em>]Review answers
[</em>]Do practice answers based upon those incorrect answers
[<em>]Compare your wrong answers with those on Wednesday and Monday
[</em>]Make a list of the types of questions you generally get wrong; commit this list to memory
[li]Compile a list of 20 terms to memorize[/ul]</p>[/li]
<p>Saturday:</p>

<p>[ul]Take the day off
[li]Memorize lists[/ul]</p>[/li]
<p>And that's pretty much what I did. Hope it works for you!</p>

<p>*Each study session should take no more than approx. 3 hours; your focus will decrease if you do more</p>

<p>Edit: I did not do this for SAT prep, but the after-effects of that studying (three years later :)) enabled me to get a 1510/2270. In my opinion, studying like this allows you to really familiarize yourself with the exam.</p>

<p>Oh, and a bit more:</p>

<p>After I had done the above schedule for about 6 weeks, I began taking full-length exams once a week (on Monday or Wednesday), then reviewing the incorrect answers and doing practice problems for them (on Wednesday or Friday). I didn't do that great on my PSAT freshman year, but I steadily improved.</p>

<p>Thanks for the advice :)</p>