Today, we’re hearing about Andres’ experience with the SAT. He studied with a tutor, and used Magoosh for extra practice and prep. 🙂 Here’s what Andres has to say about his experience with the SAT!
The first time I took the SAT was in December 2014. I must say I was certainly pleased with my results, but I knew that I could definitely improve. Hence, I decided to enroll for the January 2015 test date. I had prepared for that first SAT with a couple of teachers, but I decided to try with a new one that I had heard great things about. From the first time I met her, I sensed that she knew a lot about test preparation, and that she was going to be a great teacher. Thus, I was convinced she was going to help me get a better score. As the classes went by, I realized I had made no mistake in choosing her classes. Furthermore, I had full confidence in her resource recommendations, including, but not limited to, Magoosh. I must say the latter was a key element of my preparation.
I am a firm believer that in order to do well in the SAT you have to first learn some theory, then some techniques, and then, probably the most important part, you have to practice, practice, and practice. Once you have practiced enough, you can move on to practice even more. A few weeks before the second SAT, I felt that I already knew plenty of theory and techniques for the SAT, but I wanted to practice more than I had already. That is when I started using Magoosh. I used Magoosh mostly for the Writing section. I did not use it as much for the Math section since math has always been my strength in the SAT. Besides that, I did not use it as much for the Critical Reading section, as I felt that Writing was the one with the more room for improvement. Most of these test preparation sites have accurate, reliable questions, and Magoosh was no exception. However, that is not the only reason why I think Magoosh really helped me: Magoosh was an extremely comfortable and “practice friendly” site: I could just pop open my laptop anytime and answer a few questions. For me, this was one of the best things about Magoosh, since you could practice a great amount of questions in a short amount of time. Besides this, the site has a brilliant feature where you can select exactly which types of questions and which topics you want to practice, so you can narrow down your practice to your exact weaknesses. This last point was crucial, as this helped me target exactly what I felt I needed to practice the most.
After this second test attempt, I have not yet decided if I am going to take the SAT again. If I decide to do so, you can be sure that I will definitely practice with Magoosh, as it turned to be a great practice aid.
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Rachel helps eager students find out about Magoosh. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a super helpful double major in History and French. In her free time she can be found eating peanut butter, drinking five cups of tea per day, and playing with cats.
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