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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! Here’s a suggested breakdown to use three or four days per week:

  • 30 to 60 minutes of lesson videos
  • One set of Magoosh practice questions
  • One assigned blue-book practice set
  • 15 minutes on flashcards

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 skim 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 Board’s “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 many new words each week.  Make sure to review new vocabulary as often as possible—use physical flashcards as well as 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 your stamina. The SAT is a marathon—you need to train to feel comfortable taking such a long test.

Materials:

  • Magoosh SAT Premium Account
  • The College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide (a.k.a. “The blue book”)
  • Magoosh’s SAT flashcards

 

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
    • Intro to the SAT: All videos
    • Math Arithmetic and Fractions: “Properties of Real Numbers” – “Conversions with Fractions, Decimals ”
    • Math Word Problems: “Intro to Word Problems” – “Number of Variables”
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 30 Math Problems: customized practice session 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
  • 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 Arithmetic and Fractions: “Fraction Properties” – “Word Problems with Fractions”
    • Math Powers and Roots: “Intro to Exponents” – “Square Roots”
    • Reading Passage–Based Reading: “Passage Types” – “Wrong Answers”
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 Math problems: customized practice session set for Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, and Algebra
    • 20 Reading Questions
    • 20 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 next deck of Magoosh’s SAT flashcards.
  • 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” – “Working with Formulas”
    • Writing “Identifying Sentence Errors” – “Subject–Verb Agreement”
    • Writing Essay: “Introducing the Essay” – “Scoring”
    • Reading Vocab: The first two vocabulary videos
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, and Algebra
    • 20 Reading Questions
    • 30 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 deck of Magoosh’s SAT 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. 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!

 

 

Week 4

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Algebra, Equations, and Inequalities: “Intro to Algebra” – “Absolute Value Equations”
    • Writing Essay: “Structure” – “Coming up with Examples”
    • Reading Vocab: The next two vocabulary videos
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 30 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, and Geometry
    • 20 Writing Questions
    • 20 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 deck of Magoosh’s SAT flashcards.
  • Half Practice Test
    • Blue book practice test #5, sections 1–4 (pages 637–655)

 

 

Week 5

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Percents and Ratios: “Intro to Percents” – “Ratios and Rates”
    • Reading Passage–Based Reading: “Example Passage” & “Basic Strategies”
    • Reading Sentence Completion: “Basic Strategies” – “Sentence Shifts”
    • Reading Vocab: Review the first four vocabulary videos
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, and Geometry
    • 30 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 deck of Magoosh’s SAT flashcards.
  • Half Practice Test
    • Blue book practice test #5, sections 6–10 (pages 656–678)

 

 

Week 6

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Geometry: “Lines and Angles” – “Special Right Triangles”
    • Writing “Comma Splice” – “False Comparisons”
    • Writing Essay: “Writing the Intro” – “The Conclusion”
    • Reading Vocab: The next two vocabulary videos
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, and Geometry
    • 20 Reading Questions
    • 30 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 deck of Magoosh’s SAT 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. 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!

 

 

Week 7

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Word Problems: “Age Questions” – “VICs – Picking Numbers”
    • Math Probability: All five videos
    • Writing Paragraph Improvement: All videos
    • Reading Vocab: The next two vocabulary videos
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 30 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, Geometry, Statistics, and Integer Properties
    • 20 Writing Questions
    • 20 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 deck of Magoosh’s SAT 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” – “Absolute Value Inequalities”
    • Reading Passage–Based Reading: “Line Reference” – “Tone”
    • Writing Essay: “The Importance of Style” and “Top 3 Grammar Rules”
    • Reading Vocab: Review the last four vocabulary videos you’ve seen
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, Geometry, Statistics, and Integer Properties
    • 30 Reading Questions
    • 20 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 first two decks of Magoosh 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”
    • Writing “Example Templates” – Getting Feedback”
    • Reading Vocab: The next two vocabulary videos
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, Geometry, Statistics, and Integer Properties
    • 20 Reading Questions
    • 30 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 next two decks of Magoosh 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. 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!

 

 

Week 10

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Integer Properties: All videos
    • Reading Vocab: The next two vocabulary videos
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 30 Math Problems set for : All
    • 20 Writing Questions
    • 20 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 next two decks of Magoosh flashcards
  • Half Practice Test
    • Blue book practice test #3, sections 1–5 (pages 513–530)

 

 

Week 11

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Coordinate Geometry: All videos
    • Reading Passage–Based Reading: “Oddball Questions” & “Except Questions”
    • Reading Sentence Completion: “Cause and Effect” – “Difficult Questions”
    • Reading Vocab: Review the final four vocabulary videos
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 Math Problems set for : All
    • 30 Reading Questions
    • 20 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 the final deck of Magoosh 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. 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!

 

 

Week 12

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Statistics: All videos
    • Math 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
    • A watch (not your phone!)

 

 

 

About the Author

Lucas is the teacher behind Magoosh TOEFL. He’s been teaching TOEFL preparation and more general English since 2009, and the SAT since 2008. Between his time at Bard College and teaching abroad, he has studied Japanese, Czech, and Korean. None of them come in handy, nowadays.

6 Responses to Three Month SAT Study Schedule

  1. Angeline December 24, 2014 at 6:37 am #

    Can we use the Magoosh online flashcards instead of Barron’s 1100 Words for this 3 month SAT schedule?

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas December 29, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

      That’s a good question! When we introduced the flashcard app, there weren’t enough words to have it completely replace Barron’s in the schedule—that’s why it wasn’t included. We have since built up the app a bit, but it’s still not quite as comprehensive as we’d like (although the words included are generally more useful than many in longer lists)—hence Barron’s staying in the daily assignments. That is, there are about 200 more Barron’s words assigned in the schedule than there are in the Magoosh flashcard app.

      So at the moment, I’d recommend using both, if possible. But if you need less vocabulary work and will be focusing on other areas, you may want to forgo the Barron’s book and use just Magoosh flashcards, yes. :-)

  2. 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 Fink
      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!

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

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

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

      Glad you like it! Happy studying :-)


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