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One Week SAT Study Schedule

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Only one week until the SAT?

Note: This one week SAT study schedule was updated for the New SAT that launched in March 2016. 🙂

This is the crash-course study schedule. I don’t recommend it to those who are scoring in the 1000 range and suddenly want to jump up to the 1300 range. For that, you’ll need more prep time (check out our 3-month study schedule).

However, if you’ve already taken the SAT and are taking it again, this one week SAT study schedule will be the perfect refresher course. Or, if you are already a 4.0 student who has always excelled at standardized tests but wants a little bit of a “tune up,” then you’ve come to the right place.

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A Quick Note on the New SAT

The newest version of the SAT (which launched in 2016) is a different beast than the old SAT, so I thought I’d quickly set things straight before sending you to the study plan.

First off, the new test isn’t as much about learning strategies as it is drilling concepts. So, this one week SAT study schedule is about doing many, many practice tests, and not so much about learning a “system” that you have to apply to the test.

That said, try to understand the fundamentals at play in a question. If you don’t understand these, you’ll need to review them (that’s where the Magoosh lessons come into play). The Magoosh blog is also very helpful from a content standpoint. Most of all, you’ll want to understand why you answered a question incorrectly. Don’t just zip through these practice tests.

Finally, there is no guessing penalty on the new test. So along with far fewer trap answers, this is another reason to breathe a sigh of relief.

What the test will come down to is the following: knowledge of fundamentals and how well you can remain focused and be near the top of your game for three plus hours. That’s why this one week SAT study schedule will have you do many timed practice sections and a full-length practice test.

 
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Materials and Resources

Magoosh New SAT Prep

That’s us! Our New SAT Prep includes lessons and questions that you will work through, thereby increasing your SAT efficiency.

Magoosh High School Blog

An invaluable (and free!) resource. If you want extra help on a section or general advice, you can search for posts relating to the New SAT (make sure you don’t click on posts relating to the old SAT!). This section of the blog is completely dedicated to the Redesigned (New) SAT.

*The Official SAT Study Guide (2016 Edition)

This is the SAT bible that has questions created by the writers of the test (the College Board). You’ll have four full-length practice tests, which give you a sense of the actual difficulty and complexity of the test (it’s more difficult than the content found in the other books).

You won’t have to go through all four tests in one week (I’m not that evil!) but, almost everything you’ll need from a practice question standpoint point is found in this book. Find it on Amazon for under $20.

We also have Official SAT Study Guide video explanations to the College Board questions. Check them out!

Official SAT Practice by College Board + Khan Academy

This is a free resource offered in conjunction with the College Board, which is the company that designs the SAT. Perhaps the best part of the College Board/Khan Academy partnership is that it brings us practice materials that are completely free. These free materials include the same practice tests offered in The Official SAT Study Guide. Really, the only new things you are paying for when you purchase The Official SAT Study Guide are the explanations that come in the back of the book (which aren’t that great anyhow). So…

*Unless you like working offline and/or just love the smell of books, you might want to stick to the free practice tests, and not purchase The Official Guide — which, again, contains the exact same tests found on the Khan Academy site.

Magoosh’s Free Study Timer

Magoosh’s free Study Timer app for iPhone/iPad for timing yourself on exam sections and keeping yourself on pace. Currently only available in iTunes.

About This One Week SAT Study Schedule

There are two things that I want you to do on a daily basis that will end up making a significant difference on your score.

Important thing #1
Okay, bear with me one second while I make an analogy. A few years ago, I did this crazy obstacle course challenge that involved jumping into a tub filled with ice and wading 20 feet through bone-chilling water.

I hate cold water. Like really hate it. I knew I had to somehow build up my tolerance. So, a week leading up to the race, the first thing I did each morning was make my shower as cold as possible and stand under it for three minutes. The first two days I almost died. By the fifth day, though, it wasn’t really that bad. On race day, I remember exiting from the tub, thinking, that was it?

So what’s the cold tub of water in this analogy? The reading passage. The first thing you will do every morning is read a full-length SAT passage and complete the questions that follow it. This will take exactly 15 minutes. The first day it will be hellish, but come test day when the first thing you’ll have to do when you open your test booklet is a 65-minute reading section, it won’t be that bad (you might even think, that was it?).

On the other hand, you can skip this part of the one week SAT study schedule, but don’t blame me if your brain is still half asleep on Saturday morning and drifting off during the 18th century passage about competing systems of democracy.

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Important thing #2
I’ll spare you an analogy here. Instead, I’ll come out and say it: Get a mental math app on your phone. (If you are one of those very few armed without a smartphone, then use the Internet instead).

Whenever you have a spare moment, start knocking out some mental math. Sure it will hurt at first (cue the cold shower metaphor), but in seven short days you can go from “my brain hurts from 17 + 9” to “bring it on, 17 x 9!”

Of course, structure is great. So I’ll slip in some 15-minute mental math prep, starting on Day 2.

An All Out Sprint

You’ve got to be pretty amped up to deal with this one week SAT study schedule. I’m not going to give you a couple of easy things for you to check off each day, telling you that’ll be enough to see a score increase in one measly week. So pedal to the metal, as they say.

You’ll be spending two to three hours on the weekend and about 90 minutes on weekdays. I’ve set this up so that Day 1 corresponds to a Saturday, Day 2 to a Sunday, and so on. Day 7 will be the day before the SAT (you’ll get a little bit of a study reprieve for that day).

If you can’t finish quite everything on a given day, don’t fret. Just do as much as you can in this one week SAT study schedule. For the next day, always do just that day’s work. For example, if you don’t finish Day 2’s work, on Day 3 just do the work for that day. Don’t “carry over” one day’s work into another.

 
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Day 1:

This is the big day. Turn off all electronic gadgets and for the next three hours commit yourself to the SAT.

  • Do the first test in the Official Guide, pg. 334-388.

Give yourself the exact time for each section. If you finish early, you can move to the next section, but don’t go back. On test day, you won’t be able to move on to the following section until the proctor has called time. This will give you time to rest if you finish early. Even if you finish early on this practice test, I suggest resting, but if you don’t finish with much time, avoid the temptation to rest. Remember the ice cold shower? This will hurt the first time, but it will be invaluable preparation for the test you take a week later.

After you are finished, do the following:

  • Grade the test.
  • Figure out your score.
  • Review a few of the questions you missed trying to figure out why you got them wrong.
  • Write down two to three things you’ll do differently for the next test.
  • Write down a reasonable target score you hope to get on the real test. (Shooting for 50-100 points over, given the one-week constraint, seems pretty reasonable).

 
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Day 2:

  • “Wake up” Reading passage, pg. 119-126
  • Watch three Magoosh Lesson Videos of your choice. Based on your practice test performance, choose an area or areas that you need the most work in. For instance, if your writing score was much lower than your reading score, you might want to focus on writing fundamentals.
  • Math section, pg. 482-489
  • Writing section, pg. 468-481
  • Mental math, 15 minutes

Whenever you miss a question, go back and figure out, to the best of your ability, why you missed the question. Though you won’t always be able to do this, just trying to work it out will help your performance next time around.

 
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Day 3:

  • “Wake up” Reading passage, pg. 452
  • Two more Reading sections, pg. 455-463
  • Math section, pg. 491-503
  • Watch two to three Magoosh Lessons of your choice. It might be a good idea to find videos relating to any of the concepts or fundamentals you struggle with during the practice sets.
  • Mental math, 15 minutes

 
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Day 4:

  • “Wake up” Reading passage, pg. 466
  • Writing section, pg. 578-584 (1-22)
  • Math section, pg. 595-601
  • Watch two to three Magoosh Lessons. In general, you can intersperse these videos anywhere, even in the day’s practice questions.
  • Mental math, 15 minutes

 
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Day 5:

  • “Wake up” Reading passage
  • Reading section, pg. 564-569
  • Writing section, pg. 585-594
  • Math section, pg. 602-617
  • Watch two to three Magoosh Lessons
  • Mental math, 15 minutes

 
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Day 6:

  • “Wake up” Reading passage, pg. 572-574
  • Writing section, pg. 690-703
  • Watch two to three Magoosh Lessons
  • Mental math, 15 minutes

 
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Day 7:

  • “Wake up” Reading passage, pg. 575-577
  • Math section, pg. 704-711
  • Mental math, 15 minutes

 
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Test Day!

  • No studying!
  • Eat a full breakfast before leaving home.
  • Read our SAT Test Day Checklist.
  • Remember to pack:
    • Several #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils and no pens!)
    • Your calculator
    • A drink and a healthy-but-sugary snack
  • No phones allowed!!

Alright, you made it through the One Week SAT Study Schedule! Congratulations, and good luck on your SAT! 🙂 Don’t forget to let us know how you do.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2013 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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About Chris Lele

Chris Lele is the GRE and SAT Curriculum Manager (and vocabulary wizard) at Magoosh Online Test Prep. In his time at Magoosh, he has inspired countless students across the globe, turning what is otherwise a daunting experience into an opportunity for learning, growth, and fun. Some of his students have even gone on to get near perfect scores. Chris is also very popular on the internet. His GRE channel on YouTube has over 10 million views. You can read Chris's awesome blog posts on the Magoosh GRE blog and High School blog! You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook!


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