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Six-Month SAT Study Schedule

Weekly Six-Month SAT Study Schedule

If you have less time before your test, you might want to check out one of these study schedules instead:

 

How this study plan is organized

Since you have so much time ahead of you, this is a weekly schedule. It’s flexible, but don’t get carried away! Yes, 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, but the weekly work should take you from 4 to 8 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!

Be aware that there are a number of full-length practice tests sprinkled through the schedule (6 in the main part, then another 3 in the review weeks), so you’ll need big chunks of time to devote to that: 4 hours of uninterrupted silence every few weeks.

Each week, there are five to seven 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. Only skim through the lessons that you’re completely confident with. After all, reviewing never hurts!
  • 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.
  • Blue Book Lessons: Besides Magoosh’s lessons, you’re also going to get the skinny straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. In this case, the horse is the College Board, and its mouth is their Official SAT Study Guide (a.k.a. “The blue book”). Pay special attention to the “Keep in Mind” notes on the sides of the pages; that’s where the most important tips are!
  • Blog Reading: These SAT blog posts give even more test strategy and other information. They’re a great supplement to the lesson videos. There’s only one or two suggested each week, though, and there are plenty more good posts in the blog! If you have extra time and energy, definitely go through and red more than what’s recommended.
  • Vocab: You’re going to go through a desk of 50 SAT flashcards every three weeks or so, and many of them may be new for you.  Make sure you understand the usage of the word well! Don’t just hit “okay” whenever a word looks familiar. You need to really remember it.
  • Practice test: Every few weeks, you’ll need 4 hours (for a full–length practice SAT) of complete silence and solitude. This is massively important for building up your stamina and pacing. The SAT is a marathon—you need to train to feel comfortable taking such a long test. And, if you have the chance, consider taking the PSAT – it’s shorter than the SAT, but still provides a great opportunity for more practice.

Materials:

 

Week 1

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Arithmetic, Percents, & Ratios: “Properties of Real Numbers” – “Conversions with Fractions and Decimals”
  • Blue Book Reading
    • Read Chapters 1 & 2
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 10 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, and Algebra
    • 10 Reading Questions
    • 10 Writing questions
  • Blue Book Practice
    • Practice test 10, sections 6–10 (Pages 971–988)
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab

 

Week 2

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Arithmetic, Percents, & Ratios: “Fraction Properties” – “Word Problems with Fractions”
    • Reading Passage-Based Reading: “Passage Types” – “Approaching Passages”
  • Blue Book Lessons
    • Read Chapters 4 & 5 (not including the “Practice Questions” section)
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 10 Math Problems set for: Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, and Algebra
    • 10 Reading Questions
    • 10 Writing questions
  • Blue Book Practice
    • Practice test 10, sections 4 & 5 (pp. 960–970)
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab

 

Week 3

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Arithmetic, Percents, & Ratios: “Intro to Percents” – “Percent Increases and Decreases”
    • Writing Grammar Identifying Sentence Errors” – “Grammar Basics”
  • Blue Book Lessons
    • Read Chapter 14 & 19 (not including the “Practice Questions” section)
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 10 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, and Algebra
    • 10 Reading Questions
    • 10 Writing questions
  • Blue Book Practice
    • Practice test 10, sections 2 & 3 (pp. 886–897)
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Master the remaining words in the flashcard deck Common Words I in the flashcard app

Week 4

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Arithmetic, Percents, & Ratios: “Intro to Ratios” – “Ratios and Rates”
  • Blue Book Lessons
    •  pages 103 – 108 (stop at “Writing Exercise”), pages 119 – 135 “Sample Essays”
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 10 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, and Algebra
    • 10 Reading Questions
    • 10 Writing questions
  • Blue Book Practice
    • Write the essay from practice test 10, section 1 (p. 947)
    • Practice test 9, sections 8 – 10 (pp. 915–926)
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab

 

Week 5

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Powers and Roots: “Intro to Exponents” – “Units Digit Questions”
  • Blue Book Lessons
    • Read Chapters 8 & 10 (not including the “Practice Questions” section)
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 10 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, and Algebra
    • 10 Reading Questions
    • 10 Writing questions
  • Blue Book Practice
    • Practice test 9, sections 4-6 (pp. 898–914)
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Continue working on Common Words II in the flashcard app

 

Week 6

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Powers and Roots: “Square Roots” – “Operations with Roots”
    • Reading Passage-Based Reading: “Wrong Answers” – “Basic Strategies”
    • Reading Sentence Completions: “Basic Strategies” & “Elimination Method”
  • Blue Book Lessons
    • Chapter 15 & Chapter 20  (not including the “Practice Questions” section)
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 10 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, and Algebra
    • 10 Reading Questions
    • 10 Writing questions
  • Blue Book Practice
    • Practice test 9, sections 2 & 3 (pp. 886–897)
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Master the remaining words in Common Words II in the flashcard app

 

Week 7

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Powers and Roots: “Fractional Exponents” – “Rationalizing”
    • Math Algebra, Equations, and Inequalities: “Intro to Algebra” – “Multiplying Expressions”
    • Writing Grammar: “Dependent and Independent Clauses” – “Redundant Meanings”
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 10 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, and Geometry
    • 10 Reading Questions
    • 10 Writing questions
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
  • Full Practice Test – College Board Blue Book Test #5 (pp. 637–678)
    • 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 8

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Algebra, Equations, and Inequalities: “FOIL Method” – “Two Equations, Two Unknowns – II”
  • Blue Book Lessons
    • Chapter 11 (not including the “Practice Questions” section)
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 10 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, and Geometry
    • 10 Reading Questions
    • 10 Writing questions
  • Blue Book Practice
    • Write the essay from practice test 9, section 1 (p. 885)
    • Practice test 8, sections 8–10 (pp. 853–864)
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Continue working on Common Words III in the flashcard app

 

Week 9 – Review

  • Work back through all lessons in Magoosh that you have watched but not yet marked with “I understand this lesson,” watching each again.
  • Using the Practice tab, set up custom practice sessions that draw from all of your incorrect answers. Do practice sessions of 10 questions each time, rotating through math, reading, and writing questions. Do one set each day of the week (or until you run out of questions to review).
  • Master the remaining words in Common Words III in the flashcard app. Go back and review words from Common Words I and II.
  • Full Practice Test – College Board Blue Book Test #4 (pp. 575–616)
    • 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 Algebra, Equations, and Inequalities: “Absolute Value Equations” – “Inequalities and Absolute Values”
  • Blue Book Lessons
    • Chapter 6 (not including the “Practice Questions” section)
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 10 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, and Geometry
    • 20 Reading questions
  • Blue Book Practice
    • Practice test 8, sections 4–7 (pp. 853–864)
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab

 

Week 11

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Word Problems: “Intro to Word Problems” – “Age Questions”
    • Reading Passage-Based Reading: “Line Reference” – “Main Idea”
  • Blue Book Lessons
    • Chapter 16
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 Writing Questions
    • 10 Reading questions
  • Blue Book Practice
    • Practice test 8, sections 2 & 3  (pp.824–835)
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Continue working on Basic in the flashcard app

 

Week 12

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Word Problems: “Intro to Motion” – “Multiple Traveler Questions”
    • Writing Grammar Conjunctions” – “Ambiguous Pronouns”
  • Blue Book Lessons
    • Finish Chapter 10 (pp. 108–119)
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, and Geometry
    • 10 Writing questions
  • Blue Book Practice
    • Sentence Completion Practice Questions (pp. 44-46)
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Master the remaining words in Basic in the flashcard app
  • Full Practice Test – College Board Website’s Practice Test 2004-2005
    • 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 13

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Word Problems: “Shrinking and Expanding Gaps” – “VICs – Picking Numbers”
  • Blue Book Lessons
    • Chapter 17
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 10 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, and Geometry
    • 20 Reading questions
  • Blue Book Practice
    • Practice test 7, sections 8-10 (pp. 791 – 803)
    • Write the essay from practice test 8, section 1 (p. 823)
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab

 

Week 14

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Geometry: “Lines and Angles” – “Right Triangles”
  • Blue Book Lessons
    • Chapter 12  (not including the “Practice Questions” section)
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 Writing Questions
    • 10 Reading Questions
  • Blue Book Practice
    • Practice test 7, sections 4–7 (pp.774–790)
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Continue working on Advanced I in the flashcard app

 

Week 15

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Geometry: “Special Right Triangles” – “Polygons”
    • Reading Sentence Completion: “Simplifying Sentences” – “Double Blank Sentences”
  • Blue Book Lessons
    • Chapter 18
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, Geometry, Statistics, and Integer Properties
    • 10 Writing Questions
  • Blue Book Practice
    • Practice test 7, sections 2 & 3 (pp.762–773)
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Master the remaining words in Advanced I in the flashcard app

 

Week 16

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Geometry: “Circles” – “Geometry Strategies – Part II”
    • Writing Grammar: “Idioms” – “Parenthetical Information”
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 10 Math Problems set for : Arithmetic & Fractions, Powers & Roots, Word Problems, Algebra, Percents & Ratios, Geometry, Statistics, and Integer Properties
    • 20 Reading Questions
  • Blue Book Practice
    • Chapter 10: Improving Sentences practice questions (pp. 149–150)
    • Chapter 11: Identifying Sentence Errors Practice questions (pp. 166–167)
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
  • Full Practice Test – College Board Website’s Practice Test 2007-2008
    • 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 17

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Integer Properties: “Divisibility” – “Squares of Integers”
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 20 Writing
    • 10 Reading
  • Blue Book Practice
    • Write the essay from practice test 7, section 1 (p. 761)
    • Practice test 6, sections 8–10 (pp.729–740)
    • Chapter 6: Passage-based Reading practice questions  1–12 (pp. 78–81)
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Continue working on Advanced II in the flashcard app

 

Week 18 – Review

  • Work back through all lessons in Magoosh that you have watched but not yet marked with “I understand this lesson,” watching each again.
  • Using the Practice tab, set up custom practice sessions that draw from all of your incorrect answers. Do practice sessions of 10 questions each time, rotating through math, reading, and writing questions. Do one set each day of the week (or until you run out of questions to review).
  • Master the remaining words in Advanced II in the flashcard app. Go back and review words from Basic and Advanced I.
  • Full Practice Test – College Board Website’s Practice Test 2012-2013
    • 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.
    • Answers here

 

Week 19

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Integer Properties: “Greatest Common Factor” – “Remainders”
    • Math Statistics: All lessons
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 10 Math Problems set for: All
    • 10 Reading Questions
    • 10 Writing Questions
  • Blue Book Practice
    • Practice test 6, sections 4–7 (pp.712–723)
    • Chapter 19: Multiple Choice Questions practice questions (pp. 335–340)
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab

 

Week 20

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Counting: All lessons
    • Reading Passage-Based Reading: “Tone” – “Except Questions”
    • Reading Sentence Completions: “Related Double Blanks” – “Difficult Questions”
  • Magoosh Practice
    • 10 Math Problems set for: All
    • 10 Reading Questions
    • 10 Writing Questions
  • Blue Book Practice
    • Practice test 6, sections 2–3 (pp.700–711)
    • Chapter 6: Passage-based Reading practice questions  13–31 (pp. 78–81)
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Continue working on Advanced II in the flashcard app

 

Week 21

 

Week 22

  • Magoosh Lessons
    • Math Coordinate Geometry: All lessons
    • Writing Grammar: “Sentence Fragments” – “Who vs. Whom”
  • Magoosh Practice
    • Try to finish all of the remaining questions in for each section (Math, Reading, and Writing) within Magoosh
  • Blue Book Practice
    • Write the essay from practice test 6, section 1 (p. 699)
    • Chapter 12: Improving Paragraphs practice questions  (pp. 185–187)
    • Chapter 20: Student-Produced Response Questions practice  (pp. 348–351)
  • Blog Reading
  • Vocab
    • Review vocabulary words from all seven decks of the flashcard app.

 

Test day is coming up soon!

Since it’s totally possible that your schedule doesn’t match up perfectly with the amount of time outlined in this schedule, the remaining weeks are slotted for options review for each section of the SAT. If you have less than three weeks, pick and choose from the assignments in the following three weeks to make a personalized review based on your specific weaknesses and needs. If you have three weeks or more, use the below as is.

 

Week 23 – Reading Review

  • Full Practice Test – Blue Book Test #3
    • As always, try to mimic the conditions of the test as closely as possible.
  • Review any and all reading lessons in Magoosh that you haven’t yet marked as “I understand” or any lessons on topics that you remember being particularly difficult.
  • Reset your answers within Magoosh (linked from your dashboard). This will erase your data up to this point, but you can always get it back later if you’d like to.
  • Create practice sessions of 10–20 reading questions set for adaptive difficulty. Focus not just on getting the right answer—you’ve seen all these questions before—but on why the wrong answers are wrong. Answer as many correctly as possible, in any case.
    • At the end of the week, create a practice session of question with the “Incorrect” option under Question Pool. Instead of answering the question, try to find your previous, wrong answer and identify why it was wrong.
  • Continue to review vocabulary words from all seven flashcard decks
  • Blue Book Chapter 7 – “Practice for the Critical Reading Section”

 

Week 24 – Math Review

  • Full Practice Test – Blue Book Test #2
    • As always, try to mimic the conditions of the test as closely as possible.
  • Review any and all math lessons in Magoosh that you haven’t yet marked as “I understand” or any lessons on topics that you remember being particularly difficult.
  • Reset your answers
  • Assuming that you’ve already reset your answers as in last week’s schedule, do adaptive practice sessions of 10-20 questions each, careful to work through the math behind each question rather than simply answering based on what you remember.
  • More practice questions! Get through all of them if you can.
  • Blue Book Chapter 21 – “Practice for the Mathematics Section”

 

Week 25 – Writing Review

  • Full Practice Test – Blue Book Test #1
    • As always, try to mimic the conditions of the test as closely as possible.
  • Review any and all grammar lessons in Magoosh that you haven’t yet marked as “I understand” or any lessons on topics that you remember being particularly difficult.
  • Again assuming that you’ve already reset your answers, do adaptive practice sessions of 10-20 questions each. Focus not just on getting the right answer—you’ve seen all these questions before—but on why the wrong answers are wrong. Answer as many correctly as possible, in any case.
    • At the end of the week, create a practice session of question with the “Incorrect” option under Question Pool. Instead of answering the question, try to find your previous, wrong answer and identify why it was wrong.
  • Blue Book Chapter 13 – “Practice for the Writing Section”
  • Pick 5 of your essays from your studies until now, preferably the earliest ones. Go though sentence by sentence, noting any and all grammar errors and editing thoroughly.

 

If there’s any time remaining…

Repeat any—or all, given enough time—of the online official practice tests. (Found at weeks 12, 16, 18, and 21 of this schedule).

 

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

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About Lucas Fink

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.


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