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Three Month SAT Study Schedule

Weekly Three Month SAT Study Schedule

This is really the sweet spot for being well prepared. If you’re taking the SAT in 3 months, you have just enough time to become an expert on the test and not let your grades suffer (especially if you’re on summer break). But with this amount of time, it can be tough to stay focused. The best way to stay on track is with a schedule, and since you’re here, I think we can safely say that’s working out for you too. So great––you have exactly what you need to ace the test! Provided you have some good study material, that is.

If you have less time before your test, you might want to check out the one–month schedule instead.

 

How this study plan is organized

This is a weekly schedule—with so much time, we don’t want it to dictate every day of your life. You’ll need time to do other things, and you’ll want to decide on your own which days you devote to studying and which you don’t.

Altogether, the weekly work should take you between 8 and 12 hours per week, so make sure you divide it up! Don’t try to do it all on Saturday. Instead, watch a few lessons, do a bit of practice, and review a bit of vocabulary every day that you can!

There are also four full-length practice tests and seven half tests, so you’ll need at least one day each week when you can sit, uninterrupted, for two or four hours, depending on the length.

Each week, there are six things to do:

  • Magoosh Lessons: Watch our lessons videos for strategy and background information. If you’re completely comfortable with a topic already (for example, with triangle properties), you might want to skip through a lesson quickly. That’s alright, up to an extent—never pass over a lesson completely, because there might be very helpful tips and tricks you didn’t know.
  • Magoosh Practice: Click the “Practice” tab at the top of the page from within your Magoosh account, and you can customize a practice session that contains the topics mentioned for each week. For each and every question you get wrong, WATCH THE EXPLANATION VIDEO. This is the most important part of your preparation—you need to isolate where you make mistakes and learn how to avoid them.
  • Timed Single Section Practice: These are real SAT sections from the College Boards “Official SAT Study Guide.” They’re the best representation of what you’ll see on the day of your test. There are no explanations to these questions in the book, though, so we’ll use them mostly for timing and strategy practice.
  • Blog Reading: These SAT blog posts give even more test strategy and other information. They’re a great supplement to the lesson videos.
  • Vocab: You’re going to look at 50 words each week, many of which may be new for you.  Make sure to review new vocabulary as often as possible—use flashcards, preferably Magoosh’s free SAT flashcards.
  • Practice test: One day a week, you’ll need either 2 hours (for a half test) or 4 hours (for a full–length practice SAT) of complete silence and solitude. Again, there are no explanations, but this is massively important for building up your stamina. The SAT is a marathon—you need to train to feel comfortable taking such a long test.

Materials:

  • Magoosh SAT Premium Account
  • Barron’s 1100 Words You Need to Know
  • The College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide (a.k.a. “The blue book”)
  • Magoosh’s SAT flashcards (or physical cards)

 

Extra Practice:

At no point in the schedule do we use the first half of the blue book, which describes the test and how to take it. All that information is much better explained in the Magoosh lessons videos, so we don’t need it. However, there are practice questions buried in the text. Chapters 7, 13, and 21 especially have extra material. If at any point in your studies you feel you want to supplement, this is a great place to get more practice. Also, if you have the opportunity to take the PSAT, we highly recommend it for extra practice. Check out the comparison of the PSAT and SAT tests for more information.

 

Week 1

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Arithmetic, Percents, & Ratios: “Properties of Real Numbers” – “Words Problems with Fractions”
    • Math Word Problems: “Intro to Word Problems” – “Number of Variables”
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 30 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, and Algebra
    • 20 Writing Questions
  • Timed Single Section Practice (from the blue book)
    • 20 minute section, pages 419–424
    • 25 minute section, pages 390–395
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Go through the first 50 words in Barron’s 1100 Words You Need to Know. Do the exercises and make flashcards for any words you don’t know using Quizlet.com.
  • Half Practice Test
    • Blue book practice test #6, sections 1–4 (pages 699–717)
    • Check your answers after you finish!

 

 

Week 2

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Powers and Roots: “Intro to Exponents” – “Square Roots”
    • Verbal Passage–Based Reading: “Passage Types” – “Wrong Answers”
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 10 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, and Algebra
    • 30 Reading Questions
    • 10 Writing Questions
    • Review all incorrect answers. Go to “practice” tab, set the question pool to “incorrect” and  the number of questions to “no limit.”
  • Timed Single Section Practice (from the blue book)
    • 25 minute section, pages 396–401
    • 25 minute essay, page 389
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Review previous vocab flashcards
    • Go through the first 50 words in Barron’s 1100 Words You Need to Know. Do the exercises and make flashcards for any words you don’t know using Quizlet.com.
  • Half Practice Test
    • Blue book practice test #6, sections 6–10 (pages 718–740)
    • Check your answers after you finish!

 

 

Week 3

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Powers and Roots: “Other Roots” – “Rationalizing”
    • Writing “Identifying Sentence Errors” – “Subject–Verb Agreement”
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, and Algebra
    • 20 Reading Questions
    • 10 Writing Questions
  • Timed Single Section Practice (from the blue book)
    • 20 minute section, pages 425–428
    • 25 minute section, pages 407–412
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Review previous vocab flashcards
    • Go through the next 50 words in Barron’s, do the exercises, and make flashcards
  • Full Practice Test – College Board Blue Book Test #10
    • 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.

 

 

Week 4

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Algebra, Equations, and Inequalities: “Intro to Algebra” – “Absolute Value Equations”
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 30 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, and Geometry
    • 10 Writing Questions
    • 10 Reading Questions
    • Review all incorrect answers. Go to “practice” tab, set the question pool to “incorrect” and  the number of questions to “no limit.”
  • Timed Single Section Practice (from the blue book)
    • 20 minute section, pages 487–490
    • 20 minute section, pages 481–486
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Review previous vocab flashcards
    • Go through the next 50 words in Barron’s, do the exercises, and make flashcards
  • Half Practice Test
    • Blue book practice test #5, sections 1–4 (pages 637–655)

 

 

Week 5

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Arithmetic, Percents, & Ratios: “Intro to Percents” – “Ratios and Rates”
    • Verbal Passage–Based Reading: “Example Passage” & “Basic Strategies”
    • Verbal Sentence Completion: “Basic Strategies” – “Sentence Shifts”
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 10 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, and Geometry
    • 20 Reading Questions
    • 20 Writing Questions
  • Timed Single Section Practice (from the blue book)
    • 25 minute section, pages 413–418
    • 25 minute section, pages 531–536
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Review previous vocab flashcards
    • Go through the next 50 words in Barron’s, do the exercises, and make flashcards
  • Half Practice Test
    • Blue book practice test #5, sections 6–10 (pages 656–678)

 

 

Week 6

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Geometry: “Lines and Angles” – “Similar Triangles”
    • Writing “Comma Splice” – “False Comparisons”
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, and Geometry
    • 10 Reading Questions
    • 10 Writing Questions
    • Review all incorrect answers. Go to “practice” tab, set the question pool to “incorrect” and  the number of questions to “no limit.”
  • Timed Single Section Practice (from the blue book)
    • 25 minute section, pages 402–406
    • 10 minute section, pages 429–431
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Review previous vocab flashcards
    • Go through the next 50 words in Barron’s, do the exercises, and make flashcards
  • Full Practice Test – College Board Blue Book Test #9
    • 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.

 

 

Week 7

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Word Problems: “Age Questions” – “VICs – Picking Numbers”
    • Math Probabiltity: All five videos
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 30 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, Geometry, Statistics, and Integer Properties
    • 10 Writing Questions
    • 10 Reading Questions
  • Timed Single Section Practice (from the blue book)
    • 20 minute section, pages 543–548
    • 25 minute section, pages 458–462
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Review previous vocab flashcards
    • Go through the next 50 words in Barron’s, do the exercises, and make flashcards
  • Half Practice Test
    • Blue book practice test #4, sections 1–5 (pages 575–592)

 

 

Week 8

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Algebra, Equations, and Inequalities: “Function Notation” – “Inequalities and Absolute Values”
    • Verbal Passage–Based Reading: “Line Reference” – “Tone”
  • 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
    • Review all incorrect answers. Go to “practice” tab, set the question pool to “incorrect” and  the number of questions to “no limit.”
  • Timed Single Section Practice (from the blue book)
    • 25 minute section, pages 452–457
    • 10 minute section, pages 491–493
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Review previous vocab flashcards
    • Go through the next 50 words in Barron’s, do the exercises, and make flashcards
  • Half Practice Test
    • Blue book practice test #4, sections 6–10 (pages 593–616)

 

 

Week 9

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Geometry: “Quadrilaterals” – “Geometry Strategies Part II”
    • Writing “Adverbs” – “Semi–colons”
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, Geometry, Statistics, and Integer Properties
    • 10 Reading Questions
    • 10 Writing Questions
  • Timed Single Section Practice (from the blue book)
    • 25 minute section, pages 537–542
    • 25 minute section, pages 469–474
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Review previous vocab flashcards
    • Go through the next 50 words in Barron’s, do the exercises, and make flashcards
  • Full Practice Test – College Board Blue Book Test #8
    • 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.

 

 

Week 10

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Integer Properties: All videos
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 Math Problems set for : All
    • 20 Writing Questions
    • 10 Reading Questions
    • Review all incorrect answers. Go to “practice” tab, set the question pool to “incorrect” and  the number of questions to “no limit.”
  • Timed Single Section Practice (from the blue book)
    • 25 minute section, pages 475–480
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Review previous vocab flashcards
    • Go through the next 50 words in Barron’s, do the exercises, and make flashcards
  • Half Practice Test
    • Blue book practice test #3, sections 1–5 (pages 513–530)

 

 

Week 11

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Coordinate Geometry: All videos
    • Verbal Passage–Based Reading: “Oddball Questions” & “Except Questions”
    • Verbal Sentence Completion: “Elaboration Sentences” – “Difficult Questions”
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 Math Problems set for : All
    • 20 Reading Questions
    • 10 Writing Questions
  • Timed Single Section Practice (from the blue book)
    • 25 minute section, pages 463–468
    • 10 minute section, pages 553–555
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Review previous vocab flashcards
    • Go through the next 50 words in Barron’s, do the exercises, and make flashcards
  • Full Practice Test – College Board Blue Book Test #7
    • 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.

 

 

Week 12

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Statistics & Counting: All videos
    • Writing: “Concision and Wordiness” – “Who vs. Whom”
  • Magoosh Practice
    • Review all remaining incorrect responses in Magoosh (Set “incorrect” and “no limit”)
    • Answer as many as possible of the remaining questions in each of Math, Reading, and Writing (Set “unanswered” and “no limit”)
  • Timed Single Section Practice (from the blue book)
    • 20 minute section, pages 549–552
    • Review all vocabulary flash cards

 

 

The day before your test

  • No studying!
  • Eat well and go to sleep early

 

 

TEST DAY!

  • No studying!
  • Eat a full breakfast before leaving home
  • Remember:
    • Several #2 pencils (NO MECHANICAL)
    • Your calculator
    • A drink & a sugary snack
  • NO PHONES ALLOWED

 

 

 

About the Author

Lucas is an SAT and TOEFL expert at Magoosh and has been teaching standardized test preparation since 2008, including the SAT, ACT and TOEFL. He lived in Prague for two years yet speaks better Japanese than he does Czech. Follow him on Google+!

4 Responses to Three Month SAT Study Schedule

  1. Ella December 13, 2014 at 3:36 am #

    How can I get the magoosh blue book? I need it, especially for the math problems. I also need to know how much it costs or if i could get it for free since I have a magoosh account. Thank you

    • Lucas
      Lucas December 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

      “The blue book” isn’t actually a Magoosh product, I’m afraid—it’s what we call The Official Guide. I’m sorry if the study schedule was unclear about that or at all confusing! We don’t sell that book, but I do recommend buying it for the official practice tests. The cost depends on where you buy it, but it’s usually $20 – $25. I hope that helps clarify a little bit!

  2. Sony July 29, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    Wow.. Thank you so much. I simply love it.

    • Lucas
      Lucas August 27, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

      Glad you like it! Happy studying :-)


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