OneMonth SAT Study Schedule
Alright, so you have a month until your SAT and you want the highest score you can get. No average SAT score for you. Unless it’s the summer right now, you also have to balance SAT prep with schoolwork, and that’s not easy to do. But look at it this way: in four weeks, you’re going to make a significant difference in the strength of your college application. Can you do that in any one class? Probably not.
That being said, don’t let your grades slip noticeably in order to make time for the SAT. You have to strike a balance.
How the schedule is organized
Because we want to leave time for school homework, we’re only going to do three real study days per week.
You should spend 1.5 – 3 hours on SAT prep each of those study days. I’ve set it up so those will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but modify to fit your schedule. As I have it, Tuesday and Thursday (days 2 and 4) are devoted to building vocabulary and reading up on SAT strategy. Those days should only take about an hour of studying or less.
On the weekends, you’ll take practice tests and review. Each test takes about 4 hours.
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Materials:
 Magoosh SAT Premium Account
 The College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide (a.k.a. “The blue book”)
 The Magoosh SAT Flashcard app
How to Use Magoosh’s Materials
Lesson Videos: Magoosh’s lessons cover everything you’ll see on your SAT, and the SAT is a big test. That means there may be many topics in the math section that you’re already comfortable with, and it’s not an effective use of your study time to trudge through hours and hours of lessons you don’t need. Instead, we want to pinpoint where you do need work and spend the most time on those skills. That doesn’t mean you should just skip any video you think will be too easy, though; watch the first minute of a video first. If you still feel like you’re comfortable with the topic, skip ahead to about 2/3 the way through the video. If you’re not completely clear on what the instructor is explaining at that point, go back to the beginning and watch the whole video. On the other hand, if you skip ahead and still feel like it’s easy stuff, then move on! Seeing just a bit of the video was good review, but there’s no need to linger on it.
That doesn’t mean you should be skipping every lesson to save time, though. Even if you’ve seen a topic in math class before, if you’re not certain you could make the lesson video, it’s a good idea to review.
Practice questions: For each Magoosh problem, after you submit your answer, on the next page it tells you whether you were right or wrong, there’s also a video explanation and below that a text summary. If you got the question right, skim the text summary to verify you got it right for the right reason. If you got the question wrong, watch the video, taking a note of what went wrong.
Week 1, Day 1

Magoosh Lessons
 Intro to the SAT All lessons
 Math Arithmetic and Fractions: “Properties of Real Numbers” – “Words Problems with Fractions”
 Reading Vocab: The first vocab lesson

Magoosh Practice
 20 Math problems: customized practice session set for Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, and Algebra
 10 Writing Questions
 10 Reading Questions
Week 1, Day 2

Blog Reading

Vocab
 Master as much as possible of the first deck of our vocabulary flashcards: Common Words 1
Week 1, Day 3

Magoosh Lessons
 Math Word Problems: “Intro to Word Problems” – “Number of Variables”
 Math Powers and Roots: “Intro to Exponents” – “Square Roots”
 Verbal PassageBased Reading: “Passage Types” – “Wrong Answers”
 Reading Vocab: The next vocab lesson

Magoosh Practice
 10 Math problems: customized practice session set for Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, and Algebra
 20 Reading Questions
 10 Writing Questions
 Vocab
 Finish mastering Common Words 1 in our flashcard app
Week 1, Day 4

Blog Reading

Vocab
 Review previous vocab flashcards for 15 minutes
 Master as much as possible of the next deck of our vocabulary flashcards: Common Words 2
Week 1, Day 5

Magoosh Lessons
 Math Powers and Roots: “Other Roots” – “Working with Formulas”
 Writing “Identifying Sentence Errors” – “SubjectVerb Agreement”
 Writing Essay: “Introducing the Essay” – “Scoring”
 Reading Vocab: The next vocab lesson

Magoosh Practice
 20 Math Problems set for: Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, and Algebra
 10 Reading Questions
 20 Writing Questions
 Vocab
 Finish mastering Common Words 2 in our flashcard app
Week 1 Weekend

Practice Test – College Board Blue Book Test #1
 You need four hours of COMPLETE SOLITUDE for this. No phone, no music, no internet, and no TV! Try to mimic the conditions of the test as closely as possible. If you can take the test in a library, where you will be surrounded by other people also silently working, tapping their feet, or whatever (like on the real test), do so!
 After checking your answers in the blue book, watch explanation videos for wrong answers on the Magoosh Youtube page
 Ask a parent, teacher, older sibling, or very literary friend to read and comment on your essay. Focus especially on the clarity of your argument, the explanation of your examples, and your use of academic English.
 Review 1020 incorrect responses in Magoosh
 Review mastered flashcard decks for 2030 minutes
Week 2, Day 1

Magoosh Lessons
 Math Algebra, Equations, and Inequalities: “Intro to Algebra” – “Absolute Value Equations”
 Reading Vocab: The next vocab lesson
 Writing Essay: “Structure” – “The Conclusion”

Magoosh Practice
 20 Math problems set for: Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, and Geometry
 10 Writing Questions
 10 Reading Questions
Week 2, Day 2

Blog Reading

Vocab
 Review previous vocab flashcards for 15 minutes
 Master as much as possible of the next deck of our vocabulary flashcards: Common Words 3
Week 2, Day 3

Magoosh Lessons
 Math Percents and Ratios: “Intro to Percents” – “Ratios and Rates”
 Verbal PassageBased Reading: “Example Passage” & “Basic Strategies”
 Verbal Sentence Completion: “Basic Strategies” – “Sentence Shifts”
 Reading Vocab: The next vocab lesson

Magoosh Practice
 10 Math Problems set for: Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, and Geometry
 20 Reading Questions
 10 Writing Questions
 Vocab
 Finish mastering Common Words 3 in our flashcard app
Week 2, Day 4

Blog Reading

Vocab
 Review previous vocab flashcards for 15 minutes
 Master as much as possible of the next deck of our vocabulary flashcards: Basic
Week 2, Day 5

Magoosh Lessons
 Math Geometry: “Lines and Angles” – “Special Right Triangles”
 Writing “Comma Splice” – “False Comparisons”
 Writing Paragraph Improvement: All lessons
 Reading Vocab: The next vocab lesson

Magoosh Practice
 10 Math Problems set for: Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, and Geometry
 10 Reading Questions
 20 Writing Questions
 Vocab
 Finish mastering Basic in our flashcard app
Week 2 Weekend

Practice Test – College Board Blue Book Test #2
 You need four hours of COMPLETE SOLITUDE for this. No phone, no music, no internet, and no TV! Try to mimic the conditions of the test as closely as possible. If you can take the test in a library, where you will be surrounded by other people also silently working, tapping their feet, or whatever (like on the real test), do so!
 Ask a parent, teacher, older sibling, or very literary friend to read and comment on your essay. Focus especially on the clarity of your argument, the explanation of your examples, and your use of academic English.
 Review 1020 incorrect responses in Magoosh
 Review mastered flashcard decks for 2030 minutes
Week 3, Day 1

Magoosh Lessons
 Math Word Problems: “Age Questions” – “VICs – Picking Numbers”
 Math Probability: All five videos
 Writing Essay: “The Importance of Style” & “Top 3 Grammar Rules”
 Reading Vocab: The next vocab lesson

Magoosh Practice
 20 Math problems set for: Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, Geometry, Statistics, and Integer Properties
 10 Writing Questions
 10 Reading Questions
Week 3, Day 2

Blog Reading

Vocab
 Review previous vocab flashcards for 15 minutes
 Master as much as possible of the next deck of our vocabulary flashcards: Advanced 1
Week 3, Day 3

Magoosh Lessons
 Math Algebra, Equations, and Inequalities: “Function Notation” – “Absolute Value Inequalities”
 Verbal PassageBased Reading: “Line Reference” – “Tone”
 Reading Vocab: The next vocab lesson
 Writing Essay: The remaining lessons

Magoosh Practice
 10 Math Problems set for: Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, Geometry, Statistics, and Integer Properties
 20 Reading Questions
 10 Writing Questions
 Vocab
 Finish mastering Advanced 1 in our flashcard app
Week 3, Day 4

Blog Reading

Vocab
 Review previous vocab flashcards for 15 minutes
 Master as much as possible of the next deck of our vocabulary flashcards: Advanced 2
Week 3, Day 5

Magoosh Lessons
 Math Geometry: “Quadrilaterals” – “Geometry Strategies Part II”
 Writing “Adverbs” – “Semicolons”
 Reading Vocab: The next vocab lesson

Magoosh Practice
 20 Math Problems set for: Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, Geometry, Statistics, and Integer Properties
 10 Reading Questions
 20 Writing Questions
 Vocab
 Finish mastering Advanced 2 in our flashcard app
Week 3 Weekend

Practice Test – College Board Blue Book Test #3
 You need four hours of COMPLETE SOLITUDE for this. No phone, no music, no internet, and no TV! Try to mimic the conditions of the test as closely as possible. If you can take the test in a library, where you will be surrounded by other people also silently working, tapping their feet, or whatever (like on the real test), do so!
 Ask a parent, teacher, older sibling, or very literary friend to read and comment on your essay. Focus especially on the clarity of your argument, the explanation of your examples, and your use of academic English.
 Review 1020 incorrect responses in Magoosh
 Review mastered flashcard decks for 2030 minutes
Week 4, Day 1

Magoosh Lessons
 Math Integer Properties: All videos
 Reading Vocab: The next vocab lesson

Magoosh Practice
 20 Math problems set for: All
 10 Writing Questions
 10 Reading Questions
Week 4, Day 2

Blog Reading

Vocab
 Review previous vocab flashcards for 15 minutes
 Master as much as possible of the next deck of our vocabulary flashcards: Advanced 3
Week 4, Day 3

Magoosh Lessons
 Math Coordinate Geometry: All videos
 Verbal PassageBased Reading: “Oddball Questions” & “Except Questions”
 Verbal Sentence Completion: “Cause and Effect” – “Difficult Questions”
 Reading Vocab: The next vocab lesson

Magoosh Practice
 10 Math Problems set for: All
 20 Reading Questions
 10 Writing Questions
 Vocab
 Finish mastering Advanced 3 in our flashcard app
Week 4, Day 4
(Instead of a blog & vocab day, we’re going to do our last study day early. That way, you don’t end up studying the night before test day!)

Magoosh Lessons
 Math Statistics & Counting: All videos
 Writing: “Concision and Wordiness” – “Who vs. Whom”
 Reading Vocab: The final vocab lesson

Magoosh Practice
 20 Math Problems set for: All
 20 Reading Questions
 20 Writing Questions
 Vocab
 Review previous vocab flashcards for 15 minutes
Week 4, Day 5
 No studying!
 Eat well and go to sleep early

Blog Reading
TEST DAY!
 Eat a full breakfast before leaving home
 No studying!
 Remember:
 Several #2 pencils (NO MECHANICAL)
 Your calculator
 A drink & a sugary snack
 A watch (not your phone!)
Or, if time left:
Week 4 Weekend
 Practice Test – College Board Blue Book Test #4
 Review all incorrect responses in Magoosh
Then REVIEW WEEK:
 Review all vocabulary flash cards
 College Board blue book Chapters 7, 13, and 21
TEST DAY!
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hey Lucas , I want to know if I use magoosh I can answer any amount of questions for a day or there is a limit number of questions available for one day.
Hi Zainab,
There’s no limit on how many questions you can do in one day — you can answer as many as you’d like!
Best,
Rachel
Hey Lucas,
For daily practice I remember you mentioned McSweeney’s as a good source. What is that? I mean is it a newspaper or magazine and I found that it has different publishing, so which one is better? Also another question. Is this better or the NYT?
Thanks for your help and advises.
Hi Sani,
Good memory! That was in this post. I was referring to McSweeney’s internet columns, which are humor, and not, honestly, always the best choice. My point was that you should be reading a lot and challenging yourself. If you are challenged by a McSweeney’s column and learning new vocabulary, then it’s good practice. If not, then move on to something more difficult, such as the New Yorker, Harper’s magazine, or the NYT.
Great help thanks !!
You’re welcome!
Hi again Lucas,
Thank you so much for this study schedule! It’s very useful. I just want to double check: if you tally up all Reading, Math and Writing Questions in the time frame that you suggest, you still don’t finish all the practice questions, correct?
Thanks Lucas!
The number of practice questions in the product and the number assigned in the schedule may vary from time to time; we often add and remove questions to keep our content as good as possible. But you’re right that at the moment, the schedule assigns fewer questions than are in Magoosh. Going through all of Magoosh and all of the Blue Book in just one month is a bit tough—the goal is to assign a reasonable amount that will be enough to make improvement, and if students choose to do more than what’s assigned, they have the option of continuing.
One of the main reasons I signed my daughter up for Magoosh was that I like your one month schedule that she can follow over the summer. I think your daily schedule is a great idea because it’s broken down in manageable pieces. Thanks and hopefully she will do well in October’s SAT.
Thanks for the feedback, Shelley. I hope the schedule works out well for her. With enough time and energy, I’m sure she’ll nail the October test. Wish her luck on behalf of Magoosh.
Lucas
I have studied for IIT’s that’s a national level exam in India. i want to take SAT for future references , after looking at practice problems i found that i need to improve vocabulary as well as readingwriting skills . I have took SAT study guide ( a book published by college board ) , now i need to know which book i should read thoroughly to increase my reading, writing skills as well the vocabulary,too.
If you have made the study schedule , then please , give me a link for that too.
thankyou.
Hi Sameer,
The best thing you can do to improve your reading, vocabulary, and writing skills is simply to read as much as possible! Reading challenging English sources like The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, and The New York Times is a great way habit to be in. Aldaily.com is a great resource. Keep reading actively—try to understand the big ideas or each paragraph and what the author is trying to communicate. Your goal is to be able to explain any article you read to anybody who asks (even if nobody does).
If you’d like a grammar book, Barron’s is actually quite good. For vocabulary, I recommend using our own SAT flashcards.
And you can find all of our study schedules, besides the one on this page, here.
Best,
Lucas
Hey, so i want to take the SAT in june, and i haven’t studied anything :'( …. but your schedule did give me some confidence, but tell me, how much should i be expecting as my score considering i am only giving one month for this?
That’s a tough question! I’m afraid it’s not that simple, so I don’t have a clear answer for you. How well you do on the test depends on not only your studies, but also your starting point. If you start studying and are already very comfortable with everything on the test, then your score will, clearly, be higher than if you are learning everything for the first time. It’s not just about the schedule; it’s also about what you already know and how much work you put into it! But the more you prepare, the better your score will be. And that’s what is important. Good luck!
Hi Lucas!
Great post. I was wondering: do you have some sort chart/guide in order to keep track of your score with these practice sections/tests? For example, so I can see how many I had correct/incorrect/omitted in Sentence Completions, GridIns, etc. from one test to another?
Kristen
Hi Kristen,
You know we didn’t have that before, but I thought it was such a good idea I went ahead and made a chart of practice test scores for you (and anybody else who wants it!). You can’t edit it within the googledoc, but if you download it then you can edit.
Happy studying!
Lucas
Hello. I have the SAT’s scheduled in March 3 2014, and I’m scared because I didn’t study at all. After reading this, I feel better because I know I can do it in ONE month! I mean, how cool is that? Thank you so much!
Yeah, it’s definitely possible to bring up your score in a month—just get cracking! Happy studying, and good luck in March!
Hey lucas, can barron 1100 book be replaced by something else?
Hi, Hakam!
Yes, Barron’s can be replaced It’s a great book, but we’ve actually recently released our own flashcard app which is much better for repetition and memory. I’ve just changed the schedule to include our flashcards, rather than Barron’s. (And our flashcards are free, which is a plus, isn’t it?) But it’s still a great book to supplement with if you do have access to it!
Lucas