SAT Preparation Checklist

A Step-by-Step Guide for Raising Your SAT Scores

The SAT Preparation Checklist

This SAT Preparation Checklist is designed to help you raise your SAT scores. Whether you’re taking a self-guided prep route or are enrolled in an SAT course or tutoring program, this checklist is for you.

Hopefully you are finding this checklist with at least two months remaining before your test date. The strategies listed below have great long term benefits (though they may help you cram as well if you only have a few weeks).

Getting Started:

  • Complete a full length practice test
  • Enroll in the free online SAT program at by following the instructions below
    • Navigate to the enrollment page
    • Fill in your information, enter the date you plan to take the SAT, and enter the email address of a parent or an SAT coach into the “Coach’s email address” field
      • The coach will be able to view your progress and can offer personalized coaching
      • The Knowledge Roundtable offers SAT coaching for students enrolled in SAT prep courses and SAT tutoring
    • While registering, elect to receive emails EVERY day of the week. This will keep you continuously reminded of your impending SAT date. It will also send you an SAT word of the day, which will help slowly build your vocabulary.

Daily Checklist:

  • SAT Question of the day
    • Subscribe to daily emails here
  • SAT Word of the day
    • Subscribe to daily emails at (you have already done this if you followed the steps above)
  • Daily news article
    • Subscribe to the NY Times daily headlines newsletter
    • Pick one interesting article to read each day
    • Make flashcards for each word you don’t know
    • Start a notebook and write a paragraph each day answering AT LEAST one of the questions from the SAT Reading Checklist (answer a different question each day, for a different article each day). Be sure to use evidence from the passage to support your responses.

Weekly Checklist:

  • Work at least 5 hours each week from prep books or online practice sites
    • Do not rely on a single SAT prep resource. There is an abundance of great books and websites, and each has something to offer.
    • Our SAT prep courses and tutoring programs give students free access to all of the prep books below. Of course, we use these books because we believe they are the best in their respective categories.
    • Essential because of the ten practice tests, but quite limited in terms of content review and techniques.

      This book contains the most powerful strategies. Use to reach the next level after you have a solid grasp of core concepts.

      Everything you need to know about SAT grammar.

      Vocab for the casual SAT taker.

      Vocab for the serious SAT taker. An extension of the Core vocab book.

    • Top recommended sites for SAT practice:
    • Don’t underestimate the value of having an expert make personalized recommendations
  • Keep track of your progress by completing practice questions on for each topic studied during the week (at least 1 topic, not more than 3)

Monthly Checklist:

  • Complete a full length practice test under timed circumstances
  • Write an essay
    • Have a parent or an SAT coach grade and review it, then make revisions

About Jared R

Jared, founder of The Knowledge Roundtable, is passionate about the advancement of knowledge. He has a B.S. in astronomy and physics from UMass and is currently studying for his MBA, also at UMass.

He has over 500 hours of tutoring experience in everything from algebra to writing. He taught our SAT prep group courses for two years in NH, and before that developed educational content for math, stats, and finance textbooks for two years. His teaching style is hands-on with a focus on problem-solving and critical thinking.

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