What’s the Best Way to Study for the #SAT? 🤔 🤔 🤔 🤔
The truth is, there’s no single best way to study for the SAT. Rather, there are multiple ways you can prep:
A combination of these options
The option you should choose will depend on your resources and what you need help with the most in your SAT prep.
Regardless of what you decide to do, your SAT studying should always involve several strategies that are essential for quality test prep. I’ll explain the various strategies you can use, and then go over how to decide which one is the right one for you.
4 Key SAT Study Strategies
No matter what SAT score you’re shooting for or how you plan to get there, here are the strategies you absolutely must employ to raise your score.
#1: Determine Your Target Score
Before you begin your SAT studying, you’ll need to figure out what score you’re trying to get on the SAT. Having a target score will motivate you and inform your studying.
To find your target score, look up the 75th percentile SAT scores for the schools you’re planning to apply to. Don’t include your safety schools—instead, only look up the scores for the schools you’re most interested in attending.
The easiest way to find SAT score info is to Google “[School Name] PrepScholar SAT” and look for your school’s “Admission Requirements” page in our database. This page will tell you that school’s average, 25th percentile, and 75th percentile SAT scores.
Your target score will be the highest 75th percentile score out of all the schools you’re applying to (again, excluding safety schools). If you achieve a score equal to or above the 75th percentile score for a given college, you’ll give yourself a great chance of getting into that school.
#2: Figure Out How Long You’ll Need to Study
You can get a rough idea of how long you’ll need to study for the SAT by calculating the difference between your target score and your current score.
Your current score will be the score from your last SAT, or, if you haven’t taken the SAT yet, your score from an official SAT practice test. (If you take a practice test, be sure to simulate real testing conditions as closely as possible!)
Here’s an estimated breakdown of the point improvements you can expect for various numbers of study hours:
0-30 point improvement: 10 hours
30-70 point improvement: 20 hours
70-130 point improvement: 40 hours
130-200 point improvement: 80 hours
200-330 point improvement: 150 hours+
Once you know how long you’ll need to study, you can make a plan that’ll let you put in enough study hours and ultimately hit your goal score on test day. For example, if you need to study about 40 hours to reach your goal and you’re planning on taking the SAT in five weeks, you’ll need to schedule at least eight hours of study time per week.
#3: Analyze Your Mistakes and Focus On Your Weaknesses
It’s not enough to just put in study time; you need to study effectively. You’ll make the best use of your study time by figuring out why you’re missing questions and by focusing on improving your weaknesses.
There are three major areas you might need to improve before you take the SAT:
The SAT tests you on a number of skills related to reading, writing, and math. By determining the specific question types you’re getting wrong, you can identify the topics you need to study more.
For example, maybe you’re struggling with punctuation questions on Writing. Or perhaps you’ve been missing the small number of trigonometry questions on Math because you never learned SOHCAHTOA.
#4: Use Realistic Practice Questions and Tests
Undoubtedly, the best questions to use are those that most closely resemble the questions on the SAT.
A huge flaw of many SAT prep books is that their practice questions aren’t exactly like those on the test. They’re either too difficult, too simple, or presented in a way that differs from the usual SAT question format.
It won’t help your SAT score much to focus on questions not like those you’ll encounter on the SAT. Therefore, you should use the eight official practice tests provided by the College Board. Khan Academy, a free website that has partnered with the College Board, is also a good source of official SAT practice questions.
Other options for realistic questions are official PSAT practice tests (though these will likely be slightly easier than actual SAT questions).
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