Question : I’m in 11th grade. I will be taking SAT this October. I want to know how to improve SAT scores FAST? I just have only few months to study for SAT.
Very good question – How to improve your SAT scores fast. By fast you are referring to short span of time.
According to College Board (SAT is administered by College Board) :
- Most students take SAT test during their junior (11th grade) or senior (12th grade) year in high school.
- At least half of all students take the SAT twice — in the spring of their junior year and in the fall of their senior year.
- Most students also improve their SAT scores in second SAT test.
As per the FACTS, you are likely to get higher score when you take SAT test second time.
- Suggestion 1 to improve your SAT scores fast : Retake SAT test.
But, it’s not possible to improve the test score without changes to your preparation after first test attempt. Using the experience gained from first test, make changes to test prep approach.
- Identify the weak sections
- Create a Study plan
- Spend quality time to improve on weak sections
- Learn new test prep tactics
- Buy additional SAT test Prep materials.
- Make sure you have sufficient study materials based on your Study plan
SAT test what you have learned in your school. You have the required knowledge. During SAT test prep, you have to learn to apply the skills to solve the specific set of problems.
It can be challenging to apply the theoretical knowledge to solve problems without practice. That’s when SAT test prep books will come in handy.
One of the books I recommend is SAT 2400 in Just 7 Steps by Shaan Patel.
In the following video Shaan Patel shares some tips to Improve SAT Scores Fast.
Here is link to detailed book review SAT 2400 in Just 7 Steps
SAT Score Deductions
Before you take SAT for the second time, spend ample time to analyze your previous score results.
- How many questions did you answer?
- How many did you get wrong?
There is ¼ point deduction for every incorrect answer.
Points deducted could be also have a huge impact on your final score.
All the questions have equal value. 1 point for correct answer. and 1/4 deduction for incorrect answer.
If your target score is above 600, then answer all the questions in the SAT test. If your target score is less than 600, then answer selectively.
Challenge for you to skip the hardest questions. During your practice test, make sure you are able to identify the hardest questions. By skipping hardest questions, you can spend time on easiest questions.
By getting more easier questions correct, you can improve your SAT scores.
I covered couple suggestions on how to improve SAT scores FAST in this article – Study Plan and Points dedications. Let me know if you have any specific questions on SAT Test prep.