Life is busy—and you just haven’t gotten round to studying for the SAT. But now you’ve cleared your schedule (at least as possible as it is for you to have clear your schedule) and you want to spend the next few days before the test prepping. Here is the perfect study plan for you: the 3-day guide.
Theme: Get to know the test
1. Do one practice session for the Math, Verbal, and Writing parts. Make sure to use the College Board SAT book (this is the big blue book with official tests). Make sure to time yourself for each section. You will only be doing sections from the very first test.
Section 2, pg. 390 (Critical Reading)
Section 3, pg. 396 (Math)
Section 6, pg. 407 (Writing)
2. Grade sections
3. Figure out what you missed and why you missed it. You should spend a few minutes trying to figure out the correct answer (don’t just look at the correct answer right away).
4. Just to make sure you understand the question, watch the Youtube videos I have posted on youtube. Just enter “SAT Practice Test 1” and then the section and the question. For example, SAT Practice Test 1: Section 2 – Question 1.
5. Watch following Magoosh videos*:
- Intro Videos
- Passage-Based Reading Videos (from Passage Types to Approaching Passages)
- Sentence Completion (from Basic Strategies to Simplifying Sentences)
6. If you’ve still got some time, work on the Common Words decks in our free SAT flashcards
Theme: Build off what you learned in Day 1
1. Do another round of practice sessions
Section 5, pg. 402 (Critical Reading)
Section 7, pg. 413 (Math)
Section 10, pg. 429 (Writing)
2. Follow the same procedure marked out in Day 1 steps (2-4).
3. Watch the following videos*:
A. Math (10 videos from the areas you struggle in most. Magoosh has broken that up into Algebra, Power and Roots, Probability, etc. You best know the areas where you need to brush up—so choose to watch those videos).
Theme: Working on weaknesses
1. Go through the Magoosh product, focusing on those areas in which you’ve struggled the most. For instance, if you are struggling with Sentence Completion questions, you can customize your sessions so you only receive those questions. And since you may not be looking for hard questions, you can set the difficult level accordingly.
2. Finish remaining sections from College Board book, repeating steps 2 to 4 from day 1.
Section 8, pg. 419 (Math)
Section 9, pg. 425 (Critical Reading)
3. Optional: If you have enough time take the entire practice test offered for free on the College Board website.
*Finding the time to study while seated at a computer can be challenging, which is why we put our lesson videos into an app. You can study while you exercise, while you wait in line, between classes, or really anytime you have a spare moment. The SAT Test Prep App is available for both iPhone and Android.