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).
- Complete a full length practice test
- For owner’s of The Official SAT Study Guide with DVD, step-by-step instructions are available in our SAT Practice Test Instructions, and a spreadsheet for scoring your test is available here: SAT Practice Test Score Report
- The College Board also offers a free online practice test
- Enroll in the free online SAT program at number2.com 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.
- SAT Question of the day
- Subscribe to daily emails here
- SAT Word of the day
- Subscribe to daily emails at number2.com (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.
- 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.
- Top recommended sites for SAT practice:
- number2.com – Comprehensive, adaptive, and personalized
- onemathematicalcat.org – Complete SAT math course materials, and an impressive collection of web exercises
- chompchomp.com – Another impressive collection of web exercises, this time for grammar
- blog.pwnthesat.com – Light hearted and often hilarious (if you don’t believe me click here to see the COWNIMALKEN)
- satdude.wordpress.com – High quality online SAT tutorials
- Don’t underestimate the value of having an expert make personalized recommendations
- Keep track of your progress by completing practice questions on number2.com for each topic studied during the week (at least 1 topic, not more than 3)
- Complete a full length practice test under timed circumstances
- The Official SAT Study Guide with DVD has 10 full length practice tests and an SAT Test Timer
- Write an essay
- Have a parent or an SAT coach grade and review it, then make revisions