SAT test day is coming up and many students have been asking us how to increase their SAT scores–or even how to get a perfect score on the SAT. So today we’ve decided to sit down and discuss the best SAT prep tips and strategies for score improvement in our newest resource: the “How to improve your SAT score | SAT Tips and Strategies” video.
Watch the embedded video below, or scroll down for a full video transcript. 🙂
What Will I See in the “How to Improve your SAT score | SAT Tips and Strategies” Video?
In this free four-minute video, our SAT expert Chris will give you a brief introduction, before sharing our five best tips for raising your SAT score:
1. Set a specific goal!
2. Learn from practice tests!
3. Make sure your practice is targeted!
4. Work on pacing!
5. Don’t forget the fundamentals!
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“How to improve your SAT score | SAT Tips and Strategies” Full Transcript
Hello, this is Chris, the SAT expert at Magoosh.
And today, I have five helpful tips to an all important burning question that you’re having, which is, how do I improve my SAT score?
Here it is, number one, set a specific goal.
This is super important, especially early on, you wanna ask yourself, what point score total do I want testing?
Or how much do I wanna increase from my last test, or what point increase do I want in a specific section?
You know yourself best, you know what it is, so think of that specific goal.
And in fact, leave a comment right now in the section below and let us know, what is your specific goal?
That way you’re gonna hold yourself accountable and we can cheer you on.
Next, this one is big, learn from practice tests.
First off, you need to take practice tests, super important.
Take them about once a week, so you can make sure that you are improving.
And of course, that goes back to specific goals, are you hitting or getting closer to your specific goal?
Practice tests will tell you that.
But they’ll also tell you something super important and that is what are some gaps, where are you struggling, what are your weaknesses?
Only by taking these tests in real time, timing yourself at home, phone turned off, everything quiet, can you really identify this.
So take those practice tests early on, figure out those areas, those weaknesses, those omissions in knowledge and then it’s time for targeted practice.
Scope out, find those problems that you are struggling on, those areas.
It could be, for instance, something in math, let’s say it’s geometry.
There’s a circle next to a triangle, it blows my mind, somebody help me.
Fine, that’s actually good knowledge to have.
Find questions that are like that so that you can become better at this skill.
Instead of dreading it, it’s actually something that you can become very skillful at and take care of, when you see that question, in no time at all.
That’s the point of targeted practice.
You come back to it, you get better and better at it, and it is no longer a weakness.
Next tip, work on pacing.
Pacing is huge, the test is really about performance.
If you run out of time but you know everything, you’re not going to get the score that you could get.
So you want to be figuring out your pacing issues, how you can make sure finish the section without compromising the accuracy.
You want to figure this stuff out really early on and again, take those practice tests, great place to work on pacing.
Those exam sections when you are doing targeted practice, doing just that one section, look at pacing.
Where can you improve?
Are you taking too much time on a question?
These are questions again that you need to be asking yourself early on in the studying process so that you can tweak them, rather than two days before and think huh, my pacing is totally off.
What should I do?
Don’t be that person, that’s what you should do.
And finally, don’t forget those fundamentals.
Yes, it all comes down to those fundamentals, because you can work on pacing, you can do practice tests.
But at the end of the day, if you don’t actually know your subject verb agreement, you don’t even know what that means, that’s gonna really hurt you in the writing section.
Likewise, if there’s something in math, you see an imaginary number, and you want to close your eyes and imagine anything but that imaginary number, then that’s an issue.
So figure out what those fundamental weaknesses are, not necessarily weakness, but concept holes are, and fill them in, so that test day, you have all the concepts and fundamentals down.
You have all your pacing issues taken care of.
You know what you’re specific goal is and you’re ready to give us good news after the test and we will see you next time.
Still have questions about the SAT?
Take a look at some of our other free SAT resources for more tips and tricks to help prepare you for test day!
- Standardized Test Anxiety
- Running Out of Time on SAT Math: What To Do
- When Do SAT Scores Come Out? And Other SAT Score Release Facts You Should Know
Happy studying! 🙂
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About Molly Kiefer
Molly completed her undergraduate degree in Philosophy at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has been tutoring the SAT, GRE, and LSAT since 2014, and loves supporting her students as they work towards their academic goals. When she’s not tutoring or blogging, Molly takes long walks, makes art, and studies ethics. Molly currently lives in Northern California with her cat, who is more popular on Instagram than she is.
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