Helpful Studying Tips to Increase SAT Scores

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The SAT is a test that is a requirement for all the undergraduate programs in the USA as well as in Singapore.  The test is given by the College Board and it tests the readiness of a high school student to enter college. The SAT is made up of the following parts: Reading test, writing test, math test and essay. The test is scored between 400 to 1600 in scope.  Universities look at and consider your GPA as well as your SAT numbers and recommendations when they are making the decision to admit a student. The weight of the SAT scores is different from school to school and that means that a student should consider coaching to make sure that he or she is ready for the test.

This test is an international test and it is recommended for students to take a preparation class so that they are going to have the best results possible.

If prep courses are not possible, the College Board SAT Test Prep Book can help you study.

Here are some suggestions to increase your SAT score along with some studying tips:

Start preparing as early as you can and make a schedule. One thing that you must do that will make a huge difference in your performance is make sure that you are spending the right amount of time focused on your test. You need to look at your activities and look at how much time you are spending on your school work, activities, and your part time job if you have one. That means that you may need to move things around so that you can have enough time dedicated to studying.

Make a study plan and be accountable. For instance, read a few chapters per day and take a practice test every other week. Ask a friend or family member for support to help hold you accountable. They can check up on how you are doing, sit with you while you study, and/or test you.

Study Tips:

Practice – Take a lot of practice exams in the College Board SAT Test Prep Book, made by the creators of the SAT.

Use a timer to help you assess how much time you need per section and per question. If you run out of time you will know you need to go faster when taking the test.

Review your practice test carefully. Circle the questions that you believe you got wrong or didn’t know the answer to before you check your answers.

Next, look at the questions you answered that you got wrong-the ones you thought you knew so you didn’t circle them. These should be the first ones to study.

Next review the ones you got right that you thought you didn’t know. It is definitely important to review the content and answers of these questions. Although you thought you wouldn’t know them, but you actually got them correct, you may have some underlying confusion about these concepts so study them.

Next go over the ones you thought you got wrong and you actually did. Familiarize yourself on these topics because you already know these are areas where you struggle.

Next go over the ones you got right that you didn’t circle. You can save this for last because obviously you know that material pretty well.

This is a very structured way of prioritizing your review.

More specific tips for reading, writing, and math:

Math: Practice – Go through the College Board SAT Test Prep Book and do the practice questions on the concepts you don’t understand. Then take several full-length practice exams. Make sure you know the concepts and understand the questions.

Reading: Skim the questions before you do the reading so you already know what to look out for. When you are reading, be actively engaged. Use a pencil and mark up parts of the passage that you recall were mentioned in the questions or just interesting parts that you think may be relevant later.

Writing: After writing your sentences, whisper them to yourself, or imagine yourself saying them in your head. This is a helpful strategy for editing your written work.

For the essay question, read the prompt before reading the question they ask you to analyze because it will tell you what to look for, which will be helpful as you read the passage. Be actively engaged while reading the passage, again with pencil in hand.

When getting ready to write your essay, brainstorm some ideas and construct a main argument or several main arguments (and pick your best one) within the first few minutes. Pick an argument that can be separated into multiple ideas or body paragraphs because that is how you should structure your essay.

Also, read over previous essays. You can do an online search for SAT essays such as those found at You can see the scorer’s feedback so you know what they are looking for in terms of how you are analyzing the text and your writing style.

Always read over your essay once complete to edit for any mistakes. Try to use good handwriting, to make the experience of reading your essay pleasant on the scorer. They may be inclined to rate you higher after going through 10 essays that they struggled to read.

These tips are credited to  How to Study for the SAT-Tips From a Harvard Student

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