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How to Achieve From 1000 to 1600 on the SAT

Beating the New SAT is about mastering three interrelated aspects:

  1. Content – math concepts, grammar rules, etc.
  2. Application – reasoning skills, math problem solving, reading comprehension, writing skills.
  3. Test-taking skills & strategies – familiarity with the SAT, pacing, test awareness, scratchwork, etc.

In what follows I’m going to discuss what you need to master in these categories in order to reach four key score levels – 1000-1100, 1200-1300, 1400-1500, and 1600.

The number of correct answers required to get to a certain score level are estimates, so use them as rough guidelines for now.

How to Get 1000 to 1100 on the SAT

# Math Correct
(out of 58)

# Reading Correct
(out of 52)

# Writing Correct
(out of 44)

I’m starting at 1000 (500 Math, 500 Reading & Writing) because getting to the “average” score is the first big hurdle for many students. Those stuck in the 300s and 400s in each section usually have massive gaps in their math content knowledge, grammar rule knowledge, and reading skills. The prescription for a 1000 includes:

  • learning the basic content required for the math and grammar sections
  • strengthening basic reading skills
  • focusing on the easy and medium questions
  • gaining expertise on the SAT itself – you should have perfect knowledge of what’s on the test and the best general strategies

In sum, a 1500 should be obtainable for almost every student who takes SAT practice seriously.

Students in this range should use their time effectively by focusing on the easies and mediums – any time spent on the hards is probably time that could be better spent elsewhere.

How to Get 1200 to 1300 on the SAT

# Math Correct
(out of 58)

# Reading Correct
(out of 52)

# Writing Correct
(out of 44)

I believe that most students can get an 1200 (600 Math, 600 Reading & Writing) if they put in the effort, though for some that commitment may be too onerous to handle. To get an a 1200, you need to know all of the above in addition to:

  • more in depth content knowledge – you don’t need to know everything, but you should understand the majority of the math concepts and grammar rules
  • above average reading skills and vocabulary knowledge
  • overall knowledge of the ideal strategies for tackling each section
  • above average reasoning skills

How to Get 1400 or 1500 on the SAT

# Math Correct
(out of 58)

# Reading Correct
(out of 52)

# Writing Correct
(out of 44)

This is where the big jump occurs from content to application. Even though it’s “only” 200 points, these are a much harder 200 points to get than the last two jumps. You will have fewer questions to work with and less room for error. To get a 1400+ (700 Math, 700 Reading & Writing) you need:

  • all of the math and grammar content – no gaps at all
  • a superior vocabulary. Unfortunately, this level of vocabulary is often difficult to obtain from flash cards alone
  • excellent reading skills.
  • excellent reasoning skills – in other words, you need to be spot on with your problem solving techniques and approaches.
  • mastery of all SAT strategies and techniques.

To get a score in the 1400 region, you can no longer afford to avoid the hards – you need to take them head on. In fact, you have almost no room to omit. Sure, you can drop a question or two if necessary, but omit too many and you won’t even have a chance to get your score even if you get all the ones you tried correct.

Perhaps most important is to avoid mistakes on easy and medium questions. Sloppy mistakes early in sections just kill your score potential, so you need to balance speed and accuracy. You’ll want to spend enough time on each question to ensure accuracy, but too much time spent could leave you in a rush near the end of the section – and forget even trying to check your answers in this scenario. Thus, you really need to be keep the time remaining in the back of your mind as you are working through sections. And don’t get bogged down!

How to Get 1600 on the SAT

# Math Correct
(out of 58)

# Reading Correct
(out of 52)

# Writing Correct
(out of 44)

What do you need to get a 1600 (800 Math, 800 Reading & Writing), the elusive perfect score, on the SAT?

  • You need to know all the math and grammar content so well that it is second nature – you shouldn’t have to sit around trying to remember rules or concepts. They should be at hand almost instantly.
  • You need an excellent vocabulary. Unfortunately, an excellent vocabulary is hard to attain from flash cards alone.
  • Your reading and reasoning skills need to be top notch. We’re not talking merely “good” – we’re talking top 1% quality.
  • You need to have time to spare to check your answers. This is perhaps the best way to avoid the silly mistakes that could crush your chances at a perfect score.

Frequently Asked Questions

What about the New SAT Essay?

The essay score is optional, and your essay score does not combine with your multiple choice scores in any way. For more information on crushing the SAT essay, check out Reason Prep’s FREE New SAT Essay Course.

I want to get 100/200/300/500+ points. What do I do?

You need to be more specific. Thinking in terms of point gains is not really helpful since score increases are not created equal. Raising your score 100, 200, or 300 points means different things in different score ranges. For instance, the difference between a 1000 and a 1200 and a 1200 and 1400 is significant: Even though they are both “200 point increases,” the study strategies and content and skills required are far different.

Instead of thinking of point gains, think in terms of the content and skills you need to learn in order to reach your score goals.

Can I drastically increase my SAT score?

A consider a drastic improvement to be anything beyond a 300 point gain. It is possible to see 300, 400, or more points improvement, but but to do so you’ll have to do a drastic amount of work. Going from 1000 to 1400, for example, often means a reversal of a trend – years of academic neglect or poor instruction can be hard to overcome in a year, much less a few months. This doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to make these gains, just that you’ll have to make an extraordinary commitment to meet those goals.

Next Steps

What to do next? Check out my SAT courses – some of which are free – to help you boost your scores to the next level.

Also, feel free to leave a comment below if you have a question about your situation, or contact me.

Robert Schombs

About the Author:

I’m Rob Schombs, the founder of Reason Prep, creator of these videos, and your test prep tutor. I earned a BA in Chemistry (2006) and an MA in Science and Technology Studies (2009) from Cornell University. In 2010 I started tutoring SAT, ACT, math, chemistry, and writing full-time, and Reason Prep followed shortly after!

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390 comments on “How to Achieve From 1000 to 1600 on the SAT”

  1. Dake Huang

    hello i took the SAT first time on november of junior year, i got a 1650, now i took it march and got a 2070, i started to study for the SAT on January 25-March 7, so it took me around 6 weeks to have a 420 points increase, no classes, no prep, just listening to your advice, practicing, over and over again, now i’m competeing for saludictorian, and for me to even have a chance at it, i would need a super high SAT score 2350-2400 range at least, base on my previous information that it took me around 6 week to get a 420 points increase, how much more time do you think it would take to go for a 330 points increase, also i have a barron test, princeton test, collegeboard test, i’m planning on doing all of them, but i would like to know should i start with barron(because i heard it harder), princeton(cause it teaches you more), or finish my collegeboard(cause it more accurate). Also what kind of help does a kid at my range usually need to move up. and my study technique, is do a test a week, analyze that test see what i have gotten wrong and just redo that over and over again. and i do not have a crazy good vocabulary but let say i just start memorizing vocab like 30 a day and do it until October, and keep those lock in my brain, that be 3000, would it be what you say hard to obtain. (pls email me back at me email) dakehuang@yahoo.com
    And great videos by the way, you’re my first resource.

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  2. Reginald Appiah

    Hey guys! I’m a freshman student that scored a 1390 on the PSAT (which is like practice for the SAT) and after noticing that it pretty big for colleges, I’ve set a goal to reach 2250+ in 2-3 years! My commitment is strong and I know i can do it. I know just what to learn and how to get past the barriers! Wish me luck!

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  3. Nora

    Hey! I’m Nora. I took the SAT today, actually, and I’m not feeling very patient, haha. I got an 1850 on the PSAT and I received an 1850 on it and I’m planning on retaking the SAT sometime this year. I feel like I did the best I could’ve, given the time restraints, and I was wondering how I could work on improving over the next six weeks, before I receive my scores. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Hi Nora – The first question is: what’s your score goal? Once you determined that, download the appropriate study guide & watch the video above on this page. That should give you a good breakdown. I’d also recommend you getting access to the Members Area, as you’ll need to do so in order to access many of the videos referenced in the Study Guide. If you’d like more specific info for your case, e-mail me at rob@reasonprep.com

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  4. Sid

    Okay so i have been practicing for SAT.. I have my exam on the 1st of June.. On all the practice tests that I take, I score around 2000. The best that I have scores till now is a 2050. ! I am targeting at least a 2100. This is my first attempt. I need to start applying to colleges in July because the application deadlines for most of the colleges are during the fall of 2013. And I am an international student so I will have to face tough competition and good universities require a good score in SAT. I am weak in Critical Reading.. In writing, almost every time I get 45(out of 49) of my answers correct. In math , i score around 750 .. In critical reading , i get stuck at 630(the best I have scored so far in CR) . So i will appreciate any suggestions on how i can increase my CR score..
    PS-I have just have a week in hand now.So,what should I do ?
    I have Kaplan’s SAT premier and The Princeton Review + I have DVDs of both of them containing some additional practice tests.. Please please please help. !!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Sid – First, I’d suggest checking out the various Critical Reading videos and resources I have on this site and my Youtube channel. Then, practice with real practice tests – try to avoid the Princeton Review & Kaplan stuff, especially for Critical Reading. I have some real practice tests on this site – check out the Resources section in the navbar above. Let me know if you have any more specific questions!

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  5. Isioma

    Hi, I have taken the SAT 4 times and I actually study and put in alot of effort, but I keep getting around 1480-1540. It’s so frustrating. I’m a junior and the last time I want to take it is October of my senior year. I have all summer to prep, but I want to get around a 2000. Do you really think this program will work because I’ve done SAT prep courses and books and nothing seems to be working!!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Sorry to hear that you haven’t had any success. What other programs have you completed? I can’t guarantee any kind of study program will work for you, but I know many students have earned huge score gains after watching the videos & practicing consistently. So enrolling in the Members Area may be just what you need.

      Also, I offer online tutoring if you’d like me to evaluate your situation better – even one session could be enough to set you on the path to success.

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  6. Bayar

    Heloo sir,I got a 1400 on my first sat(although i was scoring i 1600-1700 in my practice tests,but i don’t know what went wrong..) so i am aiming for a perfect score or +2300.I am going to take my next sat in oct. I have all summer,do I have any hope ?

    And plz help me in choosing the right books because i live in Kurdistan and i have to order the books..

    Thanks 🙂

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Glad to hear that you’ll be spending all summer studying. That should definitely help you improve.

      As for books, you must definitely order the College Board’s Official Study Guide for the SAT. That’s really the only book I recommend; you should only stick to real practice tests.

      As for instructional material, I recommend my own Video Course on Reason Prep. It’s the “Members Area” of the site where I have hundreds of videos covering all the sections of the SAT. I also work through hundreds of practice problems. You can find more information here: http://reasonprep.com/enroll/

      Let me know if you have any questions!

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  7. Fahad Noormohammed

    I am taking the actual SAT on June 1,2013. I have been studying for about 1 to 2 months now. I have used the Princeton review book and the college board book. When I take a test and see my results I usually get a 550 in reading, 540 in math, and 560 in writing. I want to increase these 3 scores to above 600. What do you think I should do for this in the remaining days I have?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      You are pretty close to your goals; a few tweaks may be all you need.

      MATH: Focus on getting the easy and medium questions right (the first
      two-thirds of sections). Don’t waste a lot of time trying to complete hard
      questions.

      WRITING: Know your grammar rules. I suggest taking the Grammar Diagnostic
      Test (http://reasonprep.com/grammar-diagnostic-test/) and using that to
      determine which rules you need to review.

      READING: This is the tough one. Watch some of my Critical Reading videos
      and focus on making your Passage-Based Reading strategy the most efficient
      it can be. You can get a 600 without really studying vocabulary if you can
      just improve your ability on the passages.

      I’d also suggest my SAT Crash Course – it’s a quick video course that
      covers the most important strategies and content you need for all the
      sections of the SAT. You can find out more about how to get access to this
      here: http://reasonprep.com/enroll/

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  8. Nana

    Hello! I studied my really hard and only got an 1860. Although that was my first official SAT, I was shooting for 2000 or above. What advice do you have for me? I got a 600 in R, a 590 in M, and a 670 in W. I would very much appreciate your help. Thank you!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      As you know you’re very close to hitting your goals, so it could take only a few tweaks to get you there, or you might need a bit more targeted work to hit certain weak points. It’s hard for me to say exactly without seeing your work. Definitely download the study guide off this page corresponding to your score goal, and take the Math Diagnostic Test to see where you’re at. I’d also recommend joining the Members Area; if you do, I can create a customized study plan for you, and you’ll have access to the entire collection of my SAT videos to help you reach your goal.

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  9. Jacob

    Hey, I’m about to become a senior and this summer is the last chance I have to get the score I desire. I really need to work hard to get the score I want to get of a 2000+. Is it possible if I work hard enough that I can increase my score from the 1500+ range to the 2000+ range? If yes, what kind of studying will I be committing to? I am really dedicated and really am willing to work really hard to get to the 2000+. What are the best ways for me to accomplish my goal of a 2000+? Please help me and give me alot of advice on what to do. I am really nervous and need help from someone to tell me what it is I exactly have to do everyday, for however number of hours it is, to get to my goal.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      It’s definitely possible to increase your score from the 1500 to the 2000 range. Obviously it requires discipline & work. Your schedule should look something like 5 days a week, 3 hours a day, spending most of your time on practice sections and questions and occasionally running a practice test. If you haven’t already, make sure you download the study guide for your score goal above. This will break down the basic plan for tackling each section. Most of the videos you need for that plan are in the Members Area of my site. If you become a member I can give you more specific plan because then you’ll have access to the videos. Either way, you’ll want to have the Official STudy Guide for the SAT as well for practice material. I don’t recommend any third party book for this purpose (Kaplan, PR, Barron’s, etc.)

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  10. Ashley

    In my freshman year of high school I received a 138 on the psat (53 for reading, 36 for math and 49 for writing.) After the disappointing scores, I begin studying and for my sophomore year I improved and received 66 for reading, 45 for math, and 66 for reading. I haven’t taken the SAT yet but now that I’m in my junior year I’m worried about the various college admissions tests. So far I’ve been studying everyday (with my primary focus being on math obviously). If I add a 0 (to make my psat scores equivalent to the sat), I would have gotten a 1770. How much do you think I could increase by. I really want to get into the 700-800 range for reading/writing and 600 range for math. Any tips?
    Thank you in advance for your time and answer.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      You can definitely improve from where you are now; you’ve already shown your capacity for growth from your strong increases in PSAT scores! As to how much you can improve, that depends on a lot of factors. The best I can say is if you put the time in and study the right way, you’ll get better.

      I’d say start by downloading the 2000, 2100, 2200 study guide above. That will lay out a general plan for you to study. Once you do the diagnostic tests, go ahead and e-mail me and I can give you some more information as to what to do. It’s hard to give you the right advice without knowing more about your situation.

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  11. HasanAl Saif

    Hey Rob,

    Thanks a lot for all the effort you put into your videos, they have been very helpful!

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  12. Alex

    Hi Rob!
    I am a senior I took the SAT the first time this past year and received a score of 1530, recently I took a practice SAT and I scored a 1650. A pretty decent improvement, a 590 on reading, 620 on writing and a 440 on math. My problem is on increasing my math score to a 660+ as I can study reading and writing by myself. I plan to get a score of at least 1800 and go from there. My problem is on seeing the logic behind the problems and doing them quickly. Is it possible to increase my math score 220 points? If so what study plan should I follow? I plan to take the SAT again on October. My email is a************ra@*******.com

    Thank you,

    Alex

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  13. Ty

    Hello! I’m planning on taking SAT in October. I’d taken SAT before and scored 1540, but mostly because I didn’t prepare for it and also because I was misinformed. I have Kaplan, Barrons and collegeboard and I’ve started working extensively on critical reading sections and math because im quite good @ writing and grammar. Pls I need advice on how to increase my score by at least 560 points. I’m aiming for 2000/2300. I’ve also bin pulling all nights and try my best during the day because I’m so scared of getting 1500 again.

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  14. Nada

    hello…
    i took the SAT like 3 times and my highest score is 1830 …i need a 2000 or 2100 and i really have no idea what more i could do … i practiced like dozens of tests and i know all the concepts ..i just don’t know ow to boost my score up

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Practice tests alone are useful but not enough – you need to identify & isolate the exact areas where you still have deficits and improve those. Full practice tests are too blunt an instrument to help you do that. Without knowing more about your situation it’s hard for me to give advice. Feel free to e-mail me at rob@reasonprep.com with more specifics (i.e. the score breakdown by section).

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  15. Pam

    Hello, I just found your website and the video really did help me to get an idea of what I should be doing. I have my next SAT in about a month from now and I’m going to be English teacher two to three times a week to help me improve my reading and writing scores. I got 1400 last time I took the SAT. My goal is to reach 1800-1900. I was wondering how much should I study and practice in order to get those scores to increase.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Hi Pam,

      Between now and your test you should try to study 1.5 or 3 hours per day. This is the ideal amount of time to do a good chunk of work while also going into enough depth when you review the questions. I’d rather you do fewer questions more in depth than a lot of questions superficially. Do this consistently and you should see score gains.

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  16. Vishan

    Hello, I got 1430 the first I took the SAT. When I started doing my sat classes on a practice test I got 1210 why’s that? My goal is to get around 2000 on the sat to get a scholarship. what do i do to improve my score.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      If you’re taking an SAT prep class and the company uses their own custom SATs to test you, that would explain the difference. “Third-party” SATs are often not accurate reflections of the real test. If the company does use real SATs, then perhaps your score is lower because you are learning new strategies and unlearning old ones, and it can take you some time to adjust to the changes.

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  17. S

    Hey I was just wondering, I have to take the SAT within a week and I was wondering….would it be possible to gain 600 points within a week? I am willing to put in all it would take. Do you have any tips?

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  18. Nida Sundrani

    hey, i have my SAT test in 2 weeks and i have been working hard to score a 2000 atleast but i think my preparation method is not very organised. i have no idea what to do

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    • Rob
      Rob

      If you haven’t already, download the Study Guide for 2000, 2100, and 2200 on this page. It will give you a step-by-step study guide for each section. This should help focus you on the most important topics you need to review in order to maximize your score.

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  19. Kaylie

    Hi I’m taking the SAT this Saturday and this is my final attempt. Ive taken it two other times before and have made a 1930 and 1910. Im really hoping to make between a 2150-2350. I just need my score to go up by about a 100 points in each section, I keep finding that I make silly mistakes. What would you suggest I do? I have been practicing a lot and its made some difference of about 70 or so points per section but I really need that to be a 100 more points per section. Thanks!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      It depends on what your silly mistakes are. What you should do is figure out your most common mistakes and their causes. For instance, perhaps you are rushing through easy & medium questions and making avoidable mistakes. Or perhaps you are not reading each answer choice in a reading or writing and thus not giving each choice a fair evaluation. Or maybe time management is an issue for you – either you don’t have enough OR you have more than enough but don’t use it efficiently (i.e. checking your answers after you’ve completed a section). Once you’ve uncovered your common errors, feel free to contact me by e-mail if you have specific questions.

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  20. Erkhemshagai

    Hello. I am an international student from Mongolia. I took sat in january 2013 and scored 1680. Cr 460 math 690 w 540. I am taking it again in less than a week hehe. This time I am aiming a bit higher. I scored very low in cr and realized I should focus mainly on improving my cr score. I have studied hard since August and now the scores i get on practice test are around 610-570 on CR. While it is a good improvement for an international student like me, my improvement seems to just stop there. I have taken around 6 official collegeboard practice tests and all the scores were same around 570-610. Could you give me some advices on how to do better on CR please… although I have less than a week, I really need your advice. I am so depressed that I am having severe headaches and the fact that I am not getting any better is totally driving my crazy. Help me please

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    • Rob
      Rob

      There are many things I could say about improving on the reading, but since I don’t know much about you besides your score, I’m not sure which of those tips are relevant. Have you watched the free videos of the Critical Reading Bootcamp yet? If not, I’d start there. Otherwise, feel free to follow up by e-mail if you’d like some more info.

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  21. Angelina Kim

    Hi 🙂
    I’m Senior in high school and i took SAT twice, so far.
    First time I got 1530 on march and the second time I got 1720 on october one.
    I spent my whole summer on the SAT prep course which was 5 days a week 7hours a day.
    But my score is still horrible. I was frustrated at first i got this score but im trying to improve it.
    Im going to take it on December and I want to get 2100 on my SAT.
    My math max. score was 740 and it decreased as 700. Reading was 450 and writing was 580. My essay was 8 and decreased as 7 on second one.
    Do you think it is possible to increase my score as over 2000 in a month?
    Can you give me some advice on my email, please?
    Thanks.

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  22. Valerie

    Hello, I am a senior and am taking the SAT in a month (December). My starting score is about 1950 and I am aiming for a 2250. My breakdown is 600 Math, 640 Reading, and 680 Writing. How long should I study and which areas should I direct my time?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Try to be consistent with your study time. It’s better to study 1.5 hours everyday than cram a dozen hours on the weekends. Without setting the breakdown of your scores, I’d advise you to focus primarily on medium & hard math problems, reading passages, and medium & hard grammar problems. Start by taking the diagnostic tests for math & grammar on my site and use the results to see what you need to study! If you haven’t already, download the Study Guide above for your score goal.

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  23. Valerie

    Thank so much for the quick reply! I just want to be assuaged that achieving a 300 point increase (from 1950 to 2250) in a month is doable with commitment – is it? Putting in 1.5 hours of committed hard work should do the trick? How many practice tests should I take to be assured that I am ready for my target score?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      I can’t really guarantee any kind of score gain over a period of time, nor can I offer a foolproof plan for getting that increase. I can say that the gain is possible, and consistent work definitely helps. In terms of how much or how often to practice, the best I can say there is track your progress. Go to the Downloads section and get the Progress Tracker PDF. Use that to gauge your current level on each section. This means you won’t have to take constant practice tests to see how you’re doing.

      If you’d like to continue this conversation, e-mail me at rob@reasonprep.com

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  24. Paloma

    Hi…. My name is Paloma and I’m taking the sat this December 8th and I’m scared because is my first time taking it and idk how it will go… I’ve being taking some practice test and is time what I don’t have like 90% of the questions I answer are right but then I always leave like 10 questions without responding…. What can you recommend me and I am really interested in taking you classes online ….

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Time is definitely the precious resource to manage on the SAT. I wrote an article and made a video about this topic, “pacing,” here: http://reasonprep.com/pacing-sat-sections/

      And in the Members Area of my site, the video series for math, reading, and writing all discuss how best to manage your time while maximizing the number of questions you get right. The best tip I can give you right now is this: don’t try to think or write or read “faster.” Instead, become familiar with the test, content, and question types. Look for and recognize patterns and you’ll naturally increase your speed. As always, practice makes perfect!

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  25. Max Ayala

    Hello Sir,
    I am a senior taking the SAT in 3 weeks.Last time I took the SAT, months ago, I got a 2160. I am aiming for a 2300, but the problem is that my score has gone down to a shocking 1950. In the eight months since my last time even looking at an SAT test, I have forgotten everything my tutor taught me. Do you think it is possible for me to make the jump to 2300? I am willing to work 6 hours a day for two weeks and 12 hours a day for a whole week (thanksgiving break). I am at least looking to regain my score of 2160. My email is ticmacs@gmail.com

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    • Rob
      Rob

      It’s definitely possible to at least regain those points, but you need to figure out why exactly you went down in the first place – i.e. what questions you got wrong this time, what problems you may have had, etc. Once you determine your current issues, you can then work to address them. Feel free to contact me (click the link in the navbar above) to ask me specific questions!

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  26. Nina

    It has always been a dream of mine to study at Harvard someday and so far, I think I may have a small chance of getting in. SAT’s are looming, and I’ve started studying, but I was just curious – how high does your score have to be if you want a shot at getting into a school like Harvard?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      I can give you the scores for the middle 50% of test takers – that is, the scores of the twenty-fifth to seventy-fifth percentiles:

      Critical Reading: 700/800
      Math: 710/790
      Writing: 710/800

      So to be in the middle of the pack, you’d probably need something like 750 on each section. Not an easy task!

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  27. Emm

    Hello, I know this may seem ambitious but my current SAT practice score is at an 1800 and I’m looking to score at least above 2000 (2100+ preferably). My first practice test was in the 1700’s (I don’t really remember) then I went down on a second one I took (though I wasn’t concentrating) and now without studying much in between, I’ve reached an 1800. Although I do believe the score increase is caused by the fact I have familiarized with the test, I still am quite anxious. I am really determined to get as high of a score as possible. I’m currently in my sophomore year of high school (I do not live in the US) and I am ready to practice as much as possible to maximize my score. Is 400 points in a year feasible?
    Thank you

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    • Rob
      Rob

      It’s definitely feasible, given that you’re starting to study so early. It will also help to do well in your math & English courses, as the skills you learn there will translate well to the SAT. NOTE: In Fall of 2014 the College Board might be releasing a new version of the PSAT (with the first new version of the SAT coming out in Spring 2015). You will still be able to take the regular SAT through next fall, and they may not even change the test until two years from now, but just keep that in mind. If you want more info, feel free to contact me by email.

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  28. Datta

    Hey,

    I got a 1500 on my first attempt, no practise, no preparation.

    Now i have 10 weeks to prepare, i want a score in excess of 2100.

    Can i do this big a jump?

    Thank,
    Datta

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    • Rob
      Rob

      It is a huge jump, but it’s not an impossible one. It will require consistent effort and smart preparation, though. So definitely get started ASAP and commit yourself to studying at least 1.5 hours per day over the next 10 weeks. There are lots of resources on this site that can help you with your studying, so take a look, and let me know if you have any questions!

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  29. Hussain

    Hey Rob,

    I am going to give my SAT in 7 days (next Saturday) and right now my average practice test score is around 1850. I am currently doing 2 practice tests each day. I am especially having trouble with the long passage comprehension questions. My goal is to score close to 2100 but I’m really stressed out because my practice test scores aren’t where I want them to be. I know I don’t have a lot of time left but could you maybe give me some advice on how to improve on the reading section? Also, will you be willing to grade an essay if I sent you one?

    Thanks

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    • Rob
      Rob

      The main thing you should focus on right now is figuring out what exactly is giving you trouble in those long sections. Is it an issue with vocabulary? Do you run out of time? Do you have a hard time following the argument of the passage? Do you get stuck between two choices and pick the wrong one? Do you omit any questions? (Your passage omits should be as close to 0 as possible.) Do you consistently get hard questions wrong, or a mix of difficulties? These are the kinds of questions you should ask yourself to narrow down what is holding you back. If you figure out specific answers to any of these question types, feel free to follow up by e-mail!

      I actually offer essay grading through the Members Area of my site. I can’t offer free essay grading because I would likely be swamped with requests. Since I make a personal advice video for each essay, I simply don’t have the time to help everyone!

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  30. arwa

    hi i’m from turkey i’ll take the SAT exam after 5 monthes, i need to get 1250 “550 in math” i took the exam the last year, i actually didn’t do very well, do you think that i can improve myself in just 5 monthes? and what do i need? i don’t use the english language here and it’s hard for me to improve it and about the math i’m going to math course “they teache in turkish language” and my biggest problem that i don’t understand the questions in math, i did well in the reading and writing the last year “i get what i want” but i’m really scared from the math

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    • Rob
      Rob

      You can definitely improve your math in 5 months as long as you commit to consistent practice. Start with the Math Diagnostic Test on my site, and then move on to the Math Bootcamp series to review any concepts you need help with. Then move on to the Math Tactics series to see how to solve actual practice SAT math problems. Practice & work a little each day, and in five months you’ll see some gains!

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  31. The Bij

    Hello,

    I have taken a few practice SATs, and am at a 1900. I have about five months and would like to see a 300 or more point increase.

    Also, I want to take the SAT subject test for math level II. Can I study for the SAT math section and the subject test at the same time? What subject tests share material with the SAT so that I can study for them mostly at the same time?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      SAT Math and Math II Subject Test are very different in style & content. You can study for them concurrently, but note that studying for one absolutely won’t suffice to prepare for the other. Make sure you have separate College Board materials for each test so that you can prepare for each the best you can.

      As for other overlap, the Literature Subject Test overlaps a bit with the Reading, but again it will be more specialized and difficult than the standard reading section. Give a practice test a shot and see what you think about it before committing to it.

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  32. Caroline E

    Hi Mr. Rob!
    I just received my scores for the December SAT (the only one I’ve taken thus far):
    680 CR
    720 Math
    780 Writing.
    I’m a Junior, and I will retake the SAT in March. I desperately need to improve my CR score in order to get into a college I’m eyeing. I practiced with my Princeton Review books for the last SAT, but I’m always horribly confused when it comes to reading comprehension. I find that the answer choices are all the same/ambiguous to say the least. Vocabulary words are also very difficult for me to learn, just straight out of a study book. My target score would be a 2300+, so do you have any advice for me?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      You are super close to a top score in CR already, so I don’t think you need a huge overhaul of your strategy. I don’t know what the breakdown was between your sentence completions & passages, but I assume most of your points were lost on passage questions. So between now and then you should focus most of your practice time on passages. As you stated, the tricky part for you will be evaluating the choices carefully, and the key is paying attention to every single word in the answer choices. Sometimes a single word can be the difference between a correct or incorrect choice. I talk about this in detail in the Critical Reading Bootcamp videos; you can check some of them out on this site or Youtube.

      For vocab, I recommend a software solution, such as Anki or Quizlet. Some students find them more useful than the traditional flash cards. Learning them straight from a study book is, indeed, the worst option. I recommend focusing on the most common words first – if you download my vocab list, you’ll find those words from Levels 1-3.

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  33. Morgan

    Hi, I got an 1870 on my first SAT without studying, and my goal is a 2200. My best section was the math, and I got an 8 on my essay. How often would you say to study for the one this Spring?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Study consistently, not intermittently. So if you study 3-4 days per week for 1.5 hours per session you should see some solid results in the long term. If you study in huge cram sessions here and there, the results probably won’t be as good.

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  34. Reem

    Hello Mr.Rob,

    This site is very motivating cuz most of the others say its”impossible” to improve your score by 600+ -_-… I have my first SAT on 25 Jan and I want to ace this at once. My current diagnostic score is a 1770. I can send you my score report to your email. I desperately need your advice on increasing my score by 600+ in this short period of time!!!! Can you give me some advice on my email, please?(after reviewing my score report). I know I can do it, it’s just that I need an effective study schedule. Currently i have my winter break till 20 Jan, so I’m free almost the whole day. Please Mr.Rob, help me to achieve my dream of getting a 2300+!!!!
    Thank you,
    Reem

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  35. Mohamed Mugasa

    Hello there I have been trying to improve my SAT score for awhile now. Im Junior I have taken only the Psat and scored 1420. I be planing to take the SAT in about 2-3 month. I asking if its possible to increase my score to the 1800+. What are the requirements, and how much I will need to study. Also what is best to in order to achieve my SAT goal. I have looked through most of your vids. I m asking if you can email me, the essential, and tools what I will need to improve on my score. Thank you very much if you can help on my needs.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      It’s impossible to say how much you’ll need to study because everyone is different, but I can say that committing to a consistent study plan (1.5 hours per day, 5 days a week) should yield you score gains. With enough time, consistency, and effort, an 1800 is definitely possible. If you haven’t already, check out the Study Guide on this page for your score goal (1700, 1800, and 1900) – it will provide you with a step-by-step plan to increase your scores.

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  36. Ming

    Hi.
    I took my 1st PSAT in my freshman year and got a score of 140 w/o studying. (Don’t remember the individual scores)
    I took my 2nd PSAT in my junior year (this year) and got a score of 188 w/o studying. (CR:55 Math:73 W:60)
    My goal is a perfect 2400 of course (lol) but my minimum goal is for a 2100.
    I know that I should study b4 taking the SAT but I’m not sure when I should take it. (It’s Jan. 03, 2014 currently)
    How can I improve my CR (I got 15/48 wrong) n W (I got 7/39 wrong) scores? (Don’t wanna read a bunch and look through the dictionary ‘_’)
    I also got 3/38 of the math problems wrong. (1 is omitted)

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    • Rob
      Rob

      The best way to improve your reading is not to look through the dictionary or read but rather to do practice passages. There’s no way around it – you’ll need to do practice sections of reading so that you can get a hang of the question types, trap answers, etc. Check out the Critical Reading Bootcamp for guidance on how to tackle the passages effectively.

      The Writing is easier to improve simply because it repeats the same errors & patterns. Check out the Grammar Diagnostic Test on my site to learn which rules you need to review, and then learn those rules by viewing the relevant Grammar Bootcamp videos. Then view the relevant Grammar Tactics videos to see those rules applied to real SAT questions.

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  37. Jenn

    Is a 400 for a sophomore in high school on a PSAT good???

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Not sure which section you’re referring to, but I’m not sure about the percentile for a 400 for a sophomore on any section, and it probably varies greatly based on whether you’re talking about the math, reading, and writing. Sorry for the lack of answer to that one.

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  38. Ajan Laven

    I need to get a 2000 – 2200 on the SAT. I just have many questions, how to improve on all of the sections and what techniques should I use for these sections. Thanks!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Start with the Study Guide for 2000, 2100, and 2200 located on this page. This should give you a starting framework for how to study. As for how to improve on the sections and what techniques to use, that’s what my videos are for! If you have any specific questions, let me know!

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  39. Vasu

    My sat is in 10 days. I always get a score of 1750 in my sat. What should I do now to get to 2050??

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  40. Josh

    Hey, I am a Junior in high school. I got a 1400 on my SAT. I wasn’t that good of a student when I was in 6th-8th grade. It wasn’t that I had a learning disability, I just fooled around during class and never payed attention. When I got to high school, I started to take school more seriously. I started to enroll in AP and honors classes including in subjects like science and history. I really want a 2000-2150. I know this is a significant increase from a 1400 but I am willing to do anything to achieve this score. I only have 6 months or so to achieve this goal. Please give me advice and hope.

    Thanks

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Well you’re certainly giving yourself plenty of time. The fact that you are taking rigorous courses bodes well for your chances of scoring higher. If you put the same commitment into your SATs as you did your coursework, you should see some nice gains. Now I can’t guarantee you’ll hit your target, but it is possible with the right approach & proper practice regimen. Start on this page and download the Study Guide for the next level up from your starting point – so the 1700, 1800, 1900 study guide. Start there and practice until you can hit that score consistently. Then download the 2000, 2100, and 2200 study guide to make it the rest of the way 🙂 This site has all you need to prepare for the SAT, so explore it thoroughly, and let me know if you have any questions!

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  41. Don

    Hey Rob! I have watched your videos and so far it is very helpful however I have never taken the SAT’s before but this is my last year in high school and I kind of only want to take it once if that is anyway possible. My biggest problems are constants and those graphs that deal with constants and some integer problem (consecutive numbers), and slopes. What can I do?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Start with the Math Bootcamp and watch all the videos (or only the relevant ones for the topics you mentioned if time is an issue). Then download the four tests on my site & use the SAT Blue Book to practice sections & questions on those topics. In addition, the Math Tactics series may be beneficial to you, as I show you how to solve the problems on those four tests in quick, efficient, and effective ways.

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  42. Shivain

    I’m getting around 2000 at the sat practice tests, what do I need to do on a daily basis to achieve a great score, somewhere around like 2300. I’m taking it in may 2014

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    • Rob
      Rob

      First thing, download the Study Guide for 2300 and 2400. Use that to give the basic outline of your study schedule.

      I don’t know enough about how your scores breakdown to give you super specific information, but definitely commit to at least 1.5 hours per day of studying. Be consistent – the more days you skip, and the more days you “cram” to make up for it, the less efficient and effective your practice will be.

      Based on your score, I can offer these general pieces of targeted advice:

      MATH: Focus on the hard math questions. You’ll need to get every single one correct to have a chance at 2300.

      READING: Focus on your passages, but also work on your vocabulary. You’ll have a bit more room to get a few wrong in this section, but if you’re vocab isn’t strong, you likely won’t have great chance at the 750+.

      WRITING: Practice your hard grammar questions. In addition, make sure you can score 10-12 consistently on the essay.

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  43. Bemnet Abera

    Hello!! I’m a Junior and I took my first SAT exam in January and received a score of a 1540 (Reading 48, Math 48, Writing, 58)…. I’m not proud of my score and am really worried about getting accepted to my goal/reach schools. I will be taking the one in March as well as in June and most likely any date after those months. Is it likely (if I study of course) that I could possibly score a 1700-1800 by June maybe?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Absolutely, that’s an achievable goal! 100 point per section is definitely doable. Start by downloading the Study Guide for your score goal on this page and then follow the steps. Practice consistently (1.5 hours per day if possible) rather than cramming intermittently for best results.

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  44. Nikki

    Hi! I got a 183 on the PSATS and my parents expect me to get a 2300 o 2400 on the SATs, which I am taking next week. I have had a constant studying method since August, but I still keep getting 2100s. I there any way I could improve this week? Please let me know and wish me luck!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Focus on hard questions – get as many hard math, grammar & reading questions as you can and do them over & over until you understand them inside and out. Judging from your scores, it’s likely that you’re missing most of your points on these hard questions, so make it your mission to master them and you should have some better luck next week!

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  45. Alexis

    hello,
    I am a 7th grader who took DUKE TIP for the first time, so this was my first time taking the SAT. I only got a 1400. People keep telling me that is a good score for a 7th grader, but it doesn’t feel like it. Other kids I know got 1500- 1900 , at MY age! Do you think this program could increase my score by atleast 400 points by next January 2015?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      The videos could very likely help you improve your score, though I’m not sure if it could help you by that many points. Keep in mind that the SAT is changing, so by the time you take it in high school it will be a different test. The first new SAT is coming out in the Spring of 2016.

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  46. Ron

    Hi rob!! I’m a Junior and I took my first SAT exam January 25th and received a score of a 1530 (Reading 490, Math 530, Writing, 500 I’m in no way ashamed of my score however I would like to go to The University of Pennsylvania and their standards according to the Collegeboard are Critical Reading: 670-760, Math: 690-780, Writing: 690-780. I will be taking the one in June and again in October as a Senior. Is it likely that I could possibly score a 2100?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      I don’t know anything about you in particular but it’s not impossible to increase your scores to 2100. It will take a lot of work, though. Be consistent with your practice – if you put in 1 to 1.5 hrs of work per day in the spring & summer, you may have a chance at achieving your goal. Make sure you download the 1700, 1800, and 1900 study guide first and master that before you move on to the next level. Once you can score 1800 consistently on practice tests, move on to the 2000, 2100, and 2200 study guide.

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  47. BarzyAwat

    hey Mr. Rob I know you get this a lot but I want an advice from a professional. I had a 1320 on my last sat I can say I was prepared but I got really nervous which crushed me onto my knees and the result as you can see was drastic, and I was just wondering I have almost 8 weeks left would be possible to raise it to 1900-2000 at least I would dedicate all my time to it my current score is 530 math,420 writing, and 370 in critical reading and Mr. Rob my favorite section is the cc like I’ve done practices and got nothing wrong but on the test I just froze literally. So any advice like I dedicate at least 5-6 hours a day which I don’t mind because I kinda like studying for the sat.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      It’s impossible to say whether you can bump your scores that much in that period of time, but it’s definitely not impossible. The key is to make sure you’re prepared for the pressure of the testing environment. If you get nothing wrong when practicing, that means it’s likely that anxiety is messing with your memory & performance. One way to defeat this is to do full practice tests – have someone else proctor the exam for you and try to make it a real test environment as much as you can. The more realistic, the better practice you’ll get. Otherwise, more preparation can certainly help. Download the Study Guide for 1500 and 1600 first and work your way through that. Once you can get 1500-1600 consistently, move on to the next Study Guide (1700, 1800, 1900). Practice at least 1.5 hours per day – and be consistent!

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  48. Krishna

    Hello! I went through an intense sat prep program but ended up with my 1st score(1920) being lower than what I had been scoring(2000). When I looked at my q/a responses I found that I had gotten 7-8 questions wrong in the last writing section in a row and this hurt my score very very much. I practiced daily or as often as I could December-March( scoring 2200-2300+) and took it again on march 8. but I feel like I messed up again. My problem is that I know how to do everything but when the actual test comes I rush or overlook easy answers. I intend to take it again on May 3rd but I do not know if I should spend more time reviewing? Can you please give me advice on this final chance? I am getting my results tomorrow :/

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Did you ever do full, real SAT test under timed conditions for your practice? If not, that might be something to try so that you can get used to the pressure of completing the test in those conditions. I’m afraid I can’t give you much more specific advice without knowing more about which questions you got wrong, the score breakdowns, etc. If you’d like, feel free to send me your score report from your March test and I can give you some more specific advice!

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  49. san

    Hey Rob! I’m in grade 10, I plan to take my SAT in December which is almost eight months from now. I haven’t started anything yet, but I will start my preparation as soon as I receive your reply. Is there a specific method to follow to score anywhere between 2250 to 2400? Can you please suggest me some good practice books that will help me. Also do I need to read more and more novels and other books to improve my vocabulary and command over English? I’m committed towards giving in adequate hard work required to achieve anywhere between 2250 to 2400. Basically I wish to know about every step that I should take and every method I should follow to reach to my goal, just need your guidance and help. My dream college is Stanford, what else do I need to do to get into it. Which tests apart from the SAT am I supposed to take and how should I improve my CV so that its good enough for Stanford? Please help me!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      The approach to studying for a 2250+ is detailed in the Study Guide for 2300 and 2400, so I suggest you start there. The first thing you’ll need to do is get a baseline, so taking a complete practice test (under timed conditions) will give you your starting point.

      As for practice books, the only one I recommend is the College Board’s Official Study Guide for the SAT (the Blue Book). Only use real SAT questions for practice; using questions made by third-parties (like Kaplan, Princeton Review) isn’t as helpful because the questions won’t be quite like what you’ll find on the real thing. If you’re looking for strategy, I recommend my video series on this website. I cover every strategy, question type, and fact you need to know to succeed on this test.

      As for getting into Stanford, here’s the formula:
      1) High GPA with a rigorous schedule (Honors, AP Courses, etc.)
      2) High SAT & SAT Subject Test Scores
      3) Extracurricular Activities & Leadership
      4) Excellent admissions essays
      5) Excellent letters of recommendation

      Since it’s so early in the process for you, make sure you have enough of #3, and of course work as hard as you can to make sure you’ve got #1 and #2!

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  50. mazen

    Hi, well i took my SAT last year and scored 1590 on my first October trial and now i am entering my May and June trials with a 1910 score (math750 reading530 writing630 essay6) and i need a lot of help to score 2000+. I started recently about a week or so and finished solving the Barron’s and Cambridge books (writing sections only) and i want to find a way to increase my reading and writing scores especially the essay. so plz email me and thank you.

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  51. John

    Hey Rob.

    So I was not the most academic focused kid…like in 5th and 6th grade I was always fooling around but it hit me in 8th grade that I have to good on the sats and in school. My parents are really smart and are getting well paid and I have a twin sister who is very smart. I take few Honors and AP classes, but not in English or math. I’m a junior and I just the took sat without studying in March and I got 1400, I do not know how that I happened. My parents are really bad cause my sister got a 2200. I have June and October to take the test. I have to get a 2000. I know you said to go from a 1400 to 2000 is reverse trend yielding from years of academic neglect. I need to improve my score I have 5-6 months to study hard. When I am really focused I really do work hard, I made varsity basketball as a sophomore when I did not make the team the in 8th or 9th grade. I am willing to put the hours I just need the right outlook and plan. Please help, I know you hate getting these type of message since you probably think this kid is all about talk, but will never put in the work. I am really focused and want to achieve this score. Please respond, Thank You!!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Hi John – don’t worry, I don’t hate getting these kinds of messages. This is what I’m here for 🙂

      Well right now you need to get a more complete diagnosis of your current status. A 1400 could mean a lot of different things. If you’d like, you should send me your score report & I’ll provide you with specific directions on where to go from this point forward. I describe this free SAT Audit service here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MJ1c3S8LIU

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  52. Trinh Ha

    Hi
    I took SAT and got 2210 (Math 750, CR 730 and Writing 730) last October and would aim to a higher score >2300. I plan to take it again this October and have about 4 months to study. It is not easy but I would try my best. What technique/material should I start with to achieve my goal?
    Thank you and have a good day.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      The most important thing you need to do is focus on the hardest of the hard questions in all the sections. Get as many SATs as you can and drill those hard questions until you understand them completely. Of course, you also want to avoid making mistakes on the easier questions, so make sure you supplement your training with completing full sections & full practice tests.

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  53. Sumedha

    Hey, I’m writing my SAT for the first time on 3rd May. However, I just wrote a online practice test on the CollegeBoard website and I got a mere 1700.

    How do I improve my SAT score to at least a 2200 in 7 days?!

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  54. Maggie

    Hi. I’m an international student planning to take the SAT. I’m getting around 1900 in practice test and I’m aiming for at at least 2100 by the end of the summer. I’ve been using the Princeton review but I can’t boost my score any higher than 1960. I’ve watched all of ur videos and they’ve been a huge help! Do u suggest the Barrons 2400 SAT book if I’m trying to get 2100+? Also, can I have more information in regards to your online tutoring sessions, e.g. fees and what topics u cover?
    Many thanks!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      The Barron’s 2400 Book isn’t bad, but it’s not great for the reading, and honestly I’d just say you need to get a bunch of real SATs and use those for practice material. The issue with the Barron’s Book is that the questions sometimes don’t match 100% with what you’ll find on real SATs, and there’s not much sense studying stuff that won’t appear on the test.

      If you’ve found my videos useful so far, you might get more value out of the Members Area of my site, where I have hundreds more videos that cover every SAT topic in depth. You can learn more about it here: http://reasonprep.com/enroll/

      As for online tutoring, you can find information on that here: http://reasonprep.com/online-tutoring/ I tutor every section of the SAT as well as other topics!

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  55. Maggie

    Hi
    Does taking both the SAT and ACT beneficial when applying to more selective colleges?
    Thanks!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      There’s no advantage to doing both in itself, but doing both tests allows you to figure out which one’s your stronger test. Some do better on the SAT, some the ACT, so figure out which one’s your strength & then focus all your studying efforts on that one!

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  56. Medwin

    Hey,

    I am taking three SAT subject tests in two weeks, and I really want to know the best way to increase my score. I don’t really have an option of redoing them, and to be perfectly honest, other than school classes, I haven’t had time to review anything. I do understand that it is a pretty unrealistic goal, but I need to increase my score by at least 500 points, I just don’t know how to study properly for them. Can you please offer some advice?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Could you email me directly? I need to know more information, such as which three subject tests you are taking and how you are doing on practice tests. Go to “Contact” in the navbar above to send me an email.

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  57. Stephanie Khaguli

    Hello,
    I’m a Kenyan (international) student looking to improve my SAT scores to 2300+. On practice tests I’ve been consistently scoring in the 2100-2200 range but on my first SAT attempt in May, exam jitters and one dumb mistake knocked my score down to 1990. Anyway that’s in the past 🙂 and the experience really made me feel like I can beat the exam if I retake it this October. Currently, the books I’m working with are Barron’s, Barron’s 2400 and collegeboard. I’m really determined to get these scores, any advice would be wonderful, thanks!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      I have quite a bit of advice, but much of it is already written down on this site & located in my videos, so I suggest you browse around and see what you can find 🙂 I will say that the first experience of the test will serve you will because you’ll understand the process and be better prepared to score your highest on the next test.

      One word of caution – be careful with Barron’s Books, especially Barron’s 2400, because their problems (especially reading & sometimes writing and math) aren’t quite accurate. It’s best to stick with the Collegeboard book & other sources of real SATs – you want to use the real stuff as much as you can! So when you say your scores were 2100-2200, that may not mean as much if those were practice tests from Barron’s. However, Barron’s can be useful for targeted practice questions (on particular topics) and for some basic strategy.

      If you have any specific questions, let me know! 🙂

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  58. Jenna

    Hi, I took the SAT for the first time in November and got a 1680, 580 reading, 580 writing and 520 math. But a want to increase my score to at least a high 1800, low 1900’s. Is that possible? I am going to take another SAT in two weeks and I know it is probably not enough time to make significant improvements but what do you suggest I do? If you have any suggestions to help me increase my score it would be greatly appreciated . Thank You

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Sure, it’s definitely possible – you’re looking for a 120 point gain, minimum, which can be attained with a few tweaks. The main thing you should do right now is identify your weak areas in Math (algebra, geometry, sequences, or what?), in Grammar (verbs? sentence structure?) and Reading (likely to be the Passages). Then spend your time over the next two weeks targeting those weak points. I also suggest checking out the SAT Crash Course – it condenses my teachings into a quick few hours: http://reasonprep.com/sat-crash-course/

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  59. Ben Xiang

    Hi. I took the SAT as an 8th grader, and to be honest, i was pretty disappointed. I had scored 2100+ on practice tests, but when i took the actual test i scored a measly 1840(Math:640 Writing: 620 Reading: 580) May I have some advice on how to get into that 2100+ range?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Well there’s plenty of advice on this page alone on how to get a 2100; however, the SAT will have a new format by the time you need to take it for “real” for college admissions. If you need to take the test for some other reason, such as a placement exam, then go ahead and download the Study Guide on this page for 2000, 2100, and 2200. Make sure you are using real SAT practice tests and nothing from third parties, and when you take tests, try to make them as realistic as possible (timed, all sections in a row, etc.) If you’d like to follow-up by email, go ahead!

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  60. Jessica

    Hey I just took the may SAT and got a 1600 and it is my second time taking it but with my tutor I have been getting 1850? Do you think I can reach that 1850 but I also want to know why I am not reaching that score? I really want to get from an 1800 to 1900 and if I can score higher that would be amazing. Please tell why this happened and give me advice 🙂 much appreciated!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      This is not at all uncommon. I can’t say for sure why you didn’t hit your practice score, but there could be a number of factors, including:

      1) Perhaps you didn’t use real SATS for practice. (Blue Book tests, for example, can sometimes be a bit goofy.)

      2) Perhaps you didn’t do full tests in test-like conditions. And even if you did practice under the most realistic conditions possible, nothing can replace the authentic test experience – you know that it’s not “practice” anymore, and some people react differently under those conditions. Also, you likely don’t do TEN sections for your practice SATs because practice tests don’t include the 10th (experimental) section.

      3) Perhaps you froze up during the real test, or got nervous, and fell back into your previous bad habits.

      4) Perhaps you got lucky on your practice tests, or you had some bad luck on your real one.

      Some or all of these might be true for you. The only path forward is to continue learning & working hard. If any of the above are true, change your practice strategies accordingly. What about luck? Well, as “they” say, luck comes to those who are prepared! 😀

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  61. theessayboy

    hello sir , i took my first sat on 3rd may 2014 and scored 1844 with essay score 7/12 (in 12th grade) and i am aiming for 2300 +in the next sat that i am giving on 7th june 2014.
    i prepared for about 3 weeks for my first sat . i used barons for the rules of grammar , ‘how to write a killer sat essay in 25 minutes or less by tom clements ‘ for the essay and blue book for the practice tests and i completed all of them . at that time my usual score was 1900-2000 and maximum i gained was 2148 considering 12/12 in essay (in all tests.).
    since i want admission in MIT i wanna get 2300 + in june 7th sat . currently i am referring to– kaplan 2400, barrons , kaplan 12 prac tests , killer sat essay and blue book . I had done all blue book tests before the may sat , but repeated them for the june sat. my best score is 2384 and average is 2250 (again considering all of them 12/12 in essay ) i consider they these score are not real as I’ve repeated the tests , so i took the original sat tests from your website and have done 3 of them so far with heights 2100 (essay 12/12) in the 2007 test .
    i got 740 in maths , 710 + 67 in writing and 540 in CR.
    as u can see the worst part is the CR for me. sometimes i do get near 620 but its only sometimes .
    please guide me further about CR and recommend any book if necessary for CR practice.
    And i would also appreciate any extra advise. thank you sir . please reply asap as my sat is approaching.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      The reading is generally the hardest section to improve on because it basically tests your reading skill & vocabulary, both of which are built over years of practice. So short term improvement is difficult without a real commitment. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to improve your vocabulary much in the next week, so focus instead on the reading passages. You need to do as many passages as you can over the next few days, and more important spend time after you complete the section going over each and every question and each and every answer choice so that you understand why the answers are what they are. Check out the Critical Reading Bootcamp & SAT Crash Course for much more information on how to tackle the reading section.

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  62. Romy Lily

    Hiya,
    I’m just in need of a little piece of mind! Im a UK student and took the SAT for the first time today and carelessly left quite a few stray markings on my answer sheet ( by that I mean light markings AWAY from the circles). Im not so familiar with how the scanners work so Im hoping this would not affect my score? Any advice would be much appreciated… and will definitely be using your videos for when I re-sit!
    Best Regards,
    Romy

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Most likely it shouldn’t affect anything. However, if your score does seem super low and you suspect your stray marks are the cause, you can request the Score Verification Service and they will score the test by hand.

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  63. Tanmay Pagar

    Hey! I am going to give SAT 2016. I’ve heard that the pattern is going to change that year. So should I buy the official guide?? And is IGCSE board going to help me?? Please tell me all the other essentials needed to score 2400 in this test. I desperately need to get in one of the best colleges in the US so please help me. Email me your opinion at t*********@*******.com
    Thank You

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  64. Shubham Sharma

    Sir I am a Indian Student I gave the SAT in May and got 1640 with 630 in math 530 in writing and 480 in critical reading Sir I wanted to increase my scores upto 2200 and I am thinking of giving the SAT in October so I have 4 months in hand for preparation can I achieve it because I did everything I can to get high marks but I was unsuccessful, Is it possible reply soon and also tell more about preparation.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      I can’t say for sure whether you’ll hit 2200 because I don’t know much about your background, but solid score increases are definitely possible. As for preparation, start by downloading the Study Guide for 1700, 1800, and 1900 and follow the steps for each section. There’s a ton of information on prep throughout this website & my videos, so let me know if you have any more specific questions!

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  65. John Co

    Hello i took the SAT in March and got 1600. i will be a Senior next year, i need a SAT score 2000 – 2200 to get a scholarship. can you please give me some advices to achieve my goal? Btw english is not my first language, so i have a hard time to learn new vocabs and grammar. So please help me out. Thanks!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Since you say that English isn’t your first language, that just means you’ll have to put in even more effort than the typical student. Most native speakers don’t score in the 2000-2200 range, so you’ll have to work that much harder to achieve your goal. The best I can say at this point is download the study guide for 1700, 1800, and 1900 and start there. Analyze your weak points & work to improve them; then complete full practice sections and then full practice tests as the test date gets closer. I’d recommend 3 – 4.5 hours of SAT studying for you per day over the summer.

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  66. Divya

    Hello,
    I am a rising sophomore, and as you know, the new SAT will be released in Spring of 2016 (spring of my junior year). I was wondering if I should take both the old and the new SATs, or if I should only take the new one. In addition, I was wondering if students will be allowed to take the old SAT in 2016. Finally, I wanted to know if reasonprep has resources for the ACT.

    Thank You,

    With Kind Regards,

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  67. Ramanpreet

    Hi my name is Ramanpreet, I going into senior year and I got a 1530 after taking my first sat! I need to get a 2100 by October and don’t know if that’s possible and how it will be possible! Please help I need someone to guide me in the right direction.

    Reply
    • Rob
      Rob

      Start by targeting 1800. Download the study guide on this page for 1700, 1800, and 1900, and start following the steps for each section. Once you get 1800+ consistently, then move on to the 2000, 2100, 2200 study guide. Don’t try to jump all the way from 1500 to 2100 in one go; work your way there step by step!

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  68. Joe

    I’m taking the SAT’s in October for the last time, I just took it in June, I got a 1450. I need to get a 2000 by October or something very close to that, so I am willing to do anything for 4 months to achieve this score. What procedures will I have to take to see substantial improvement? Also, have you witnessed or heard anyone achieve a jump this big?

    Thanks,
    Joe

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    • Rob
      Rob

      I go in a lot of detail about the best study methods in the videos & articles on this site, but here is a quick summary for your situation: practice 3 hrs per day, 5-6 days per week. Download the study guide for 1700, 1800, 1900 and follow the steps for each section. Once you can get 1800 consistently, then move on to the next level. I have heard of people making that kind of extraordinary improvement, but those are cases in which the student puts in an extraordinary amount of effort. So start now, do a little bit every day, and you should at the very least raise your scores on the October test.

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  69. Jackie Cappelli

    Hi I took the SAT in march 2014, and June 2014.
    First time I got a 410 on critical reading, 520 on math, and 500 on writing
    Second time I got a 450 on critical reading, 500 math, and 470 on the writing.
    I plan on taking it for the 3rd time in October, so I have from now on until October. I have really lost hope… but looking at this makes me have motivation. I need the right guidance to at least bring up my score to 1800.. is it possible?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      It’s definitely possible! You’re looking for a gain of about 100 points per section, and with the right dedication and practice, you can get there. Check out the Study Guides on this page & my video series for guidance. Start with the Study Guide for 1700, 1800, and 1900.

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  70. Bob

    On the June 7th sat, my overall score was an 1850. 540 cr 740 math 570 writing. I was wondering if your program would help me achieve a 650+ on both the cr and writing before October.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Yes, my program can definitely help you. The writing should be pretty straightforward, as the grammar rules are repetitive and limited in number. The reading will be more of a challenge, so you’ll have to commit more time to it, but if you can improve your passages, anything is possible.

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  71. Sophia

    Hi,
    In my sophmore year, I took the psat and scored a 143 and then on two other sat practice tests, I got a 1620 and a 1650. I studied extensively for this point increase and my whole life was basically dedicated to the SAT. Last month, as a junior I took the SAT and I got a 1590 even after studying sooo much. I really want an 1800 but there are only 2 test dates left before college applications start. Do you think your videos will help me to achieve my desired score/

    Reply
    • Rob
      Rob

      I don’t know much about your background or how exactly you spent time studying, but it’s very possible my videos will provide you with insights and strategies that could help take you to the next level. If you haven’t already, check out my free series, the SAT Math Bootcamp & SAT Grammar Bootcamp, and see if they are helpful to you. If you get value out of them, you might then consider joining the Members Area.

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  72. Matador24

    Hello,
    I took the SAT on June 7, 2014. I am in the middlenof summer vacation, and I am going to be taking the SAT again in November of my senior year, giving me roughly 13 weeks to study. I got a 1640 on the SAT in June, with barely any preparation. I really need a 2300+, due to my 3.16 GPA. My parents have worked so hard to keep me here and give me a good education, and I don’t want to let thwm down. I’ve been so dissapointing to them, and I want to make them proud of me, just for once. I’m willing to spend my whole day if it is required to get that high of a score. Would it be possible for you to help me come up with a study plan? I will be thankfulfpr the rest of my life if you can do me this favor. Thank you so much for your time! !

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    • Rob
      Rob

      I have quite a bit of information on this page alone that might help you come up with a study plan. Even though you want a 2300+, start with the study guide for 1700, 1800, and 1900. You have to focus on a few hundred points at a time; once you hit 1800+ consistently, then move up to the next level. The general approach to your study schedule should be the following: 5-6 days per week, 3-4.5 hours per day. Be consistent. Don’t take multiple days off, and don’t cram intermittently. Do a little bit every day over the next 3 months and you should see some score gains. How high can you go? I can’t say for sure, but you certainly can increase your scores if you put in the study time.

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  73. Jenny

    I enrolled in Kaplan classes in hopes to increase my SAT score from a 1730 (I took it in eighth grade) to about 2300. After taking it in june of my freshman year, my score only went up to 1820. Do you have any advice on how to bring it up?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Not sure what your timeline looks like, but are you going to be a sophomore next year? If so, you’d actually be in line for the New SAT in Spring 2016. Perhaps this might be why you are expediting the process (to take the old test). Assuming for now that you’re taking the old test, I’d invite you to explore my website. In particular, check out the study guides on this page, the Ebook, and the SAT Encyclopedia. I have a lot of general information there on how to raise your scores. If you have any specific questions about your situation, feel free to contact me!

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  74. Ash

    Hi Rob! I am a rising senior with an initial SAT score of 1560. Do you think it is possible to get above a 2000 if I am to start a rigorous study program now, before I take the SAT in October?

    Please help.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Certainly you’re looking for a big jump (440 points) but anything is possible, especially if you put in a lot of consistent effort between now and October. Work a little bit each day (3 to 4.5 hrs) and do so using the right approach & good practice materials. Check out the rest of my site (including this page!) for a lot of tips & strategies to help you focus your efforts.

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  75. Maggie

    Hi
    Does the members section have videos explaining all the practice tests in the blue book? Like the test #10 vids on ur YouTube channel?
    Thanks

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Not currently, but Members can ask me any questions from any SAT and I will either e-mail them a text response OR create a custom, personal video to address their questions. I’ve had Members e-mail me a bunch of Blue Book questions, and in response I send them a private custom video in return 🙂

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  76. Amron Berhanu

    Hey, i just moved back to USA after spending about 5 years abroad and will be doing my senior year in high school. I have set my target for the SAT (2000+), but i have never taken it before. So, will two months provide me ample time to achieve my goals? What should/shouldnt i expect or focus on?
    Thank you and i would really appreciate if you send me important things concerning my case and the SAT on my email.
    Thanks again

    Reply
    • Rob
      Rob

      The first thing you need to do is figure out your starting point. I can’t give you any specific advice without knowing how far away you are from your goal, so download one of the tests on this site (or use the SAT Blue Book), take it under timed conditions, and then report back to me! Feel free to contact me directly by going to the “Contact” button in the navbar at the top of the site.

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  77. Shailaja

    Hello 🙂 I’ve found your site extremely useful ! I took the SAT a few months ago and I got an 1830. I’ve been trying really hard to bump it up – I’m aiming for a 2000 at least..a 2100 would be nice though. However, in my practice tests – I’ve done about 3 up till now after the exam and I’m stuck around 1800-1900…does this mean I don’t have the capacity to go further? I’m not understanding why I’m not moving…

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Just because you haven’t improve on the three tests doesn’t mean you can’t improve. The question is, however, what are you doing besides taking practice tests? If you are just doing practice tests, checking your answers, and then moving on to the next, likely all your doing is just practicing the same bad habits. Instead, you should carefully review each question (right, wrong, and omit) to confirm that you truly understand it and, if not, review the concepts & strategies necessary to do better next time. Go to the Downloads Section of this site & get the SAT Section Tracker. Use that to evaluate all your future practice sections 🙂

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  78. rajan

    hello sir
    i am junoir student .i have just finished my high school .now i m going to give sat probably this november 2014 .i m freshman and how could i manage my time to get 700 on all 3 sections.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      It depends on where you’re starting – have you taken a full practice test yet? If not, go ahead and take one and then download the Study Guide for the score goal 300 points above your current score – and start there!

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  79. Sri

    Hey Rob,
    im gonna take the SAT in two months and currently i have a 1910. what kind of work do i need to do to get a 2400? for example, how long should i work on each section everyday?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Hard to give very specific information without knowing more about your situation, but I’d say spending 4.5 hrs per day total is a good bet. You want to be consistent – you can take a day off here and there, but you shouldn’t skip too many days and try to make up for it with cramming. I’d dedicate 1.5 hrs/day to each subject, so 1.5 hrs Math, 1.5 hrs Reading, and 1.5 hrs Writing. You can then adjust your plan based on your strengths – for example, if Reading is your toughest section, you might up the practice time for that section and take away time from your strongest section.

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  80. Yasmin

    Well, I’m helplessly stupid…. I got a 500 on the reading, a 550 on the math, and a 480 on the writing. I don’t understand how thats possible since I took and passed AP English and maintained a 90+ average in all my math classes and regents…. Help?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Don’t be so harsh on yourself – as you say, your academics are very strong, so you have the fundamentals necessary to do well on this test. I’ve worked with many students who are strong students who nevertheless struggle with this test. Students in your situation often struggle because they treat the SAT as if it were like a school test when the SAT is pretty much totally unlike any school test you’ve ever taken and any you’ll take in the future. The key is to learn the rules, patterns, and idiosyncrasies of this test so that you can apply your knowledge & problem solving skills to beat it. Don’t give up! I encourage you to explore the rest of my site and videos, and let me know if you have any more Qs!

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  81. Olga

    Hey I’m taking the sat this October and my current score stinks! I need to get a 2000 and above! I need help please! Time is running out

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Well, there’s a lot I could say to help you out, but much of that information is located on this page & in my videos on Youtube. So I recommend you download the study guide for 1700, 1800, and 1900 first and follow the instructions as best you can for all three sections. Get started practicing today, and put in the time consistently over the next month. Let me know if you have any specific questions!

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  82. Aliza

    Hi Rob! I just started senior year this school year and I took my first SAT test in March 2014 when I was a junior. I scored in the 1300+ range so I was really disappointed because my goal was around 1800 or 1900. I have been studying over summer but it doesn’t seem to help much and I’m planning on taking the upcoming October test. Can you help me improve my score? Thank you!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Download the Study Guide for 1500 & 1600 first – I recommend also taking the Grammar & Math Diagnostic tests so that you can identify where you need to improve. Also check out my Youtube channel for a lot of helpful vids!

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  83. phill

    hello.I am from Ghana. I have taken the SAT twice and my last score was 1430 (M460, CR480, W490). Its been about 8 months since I took the last SAT and I have forgotten some contents. I want to take the SAT again and I have only 3 months to prepare. This time am shooting for 2100+.
    How can I get this score increase?Please can u recommend any study plan for me? Like the hrs to study per day?
    Please help

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Going from 1500 to 2100 is possible but will be very difficult. Your first goal is to improve your score to 1800. Once you can get an 1800 consistently, then you can move on to improving to 2100.

      As for a study plan, I have study guides on this page that might help. Download the Study Guide for 1700, 1800, and 1900 first, and work through the instructions as best you can for all three sections. Practice every day consistently – at least 1.5 hrs – and you should see some gains.

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  84. Dhruv

    Hello Sir,
    i have my sat next month, on october 11. Its my first time and I want to score a perfect 2400. I have a pretty low high school gpa and hence, left with no choice but to get a perfect score on the SAT.
    I just wanted to know.. if i still have any chances of getting into a good university? I have done a college level course and some potent basketball certificates of the tournaments i had attended during high school. UC Berkeley and UIUC are my target, at the moment. I practice a lot everyday and i’d be glad if you’d just answer my queries and also, give me some tips. Here’s my email – email.thehero@gmail.com

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Sure, it all depends on what you get on the SAT & how your grades/extracurriculars shake out. Not everyone has perfect credentials, so as long as you do well on the SAT, you should be OK. As for tips, there’s way too many that I could give, especially since that’s such a general request. Feel free to browse this site – it’s packed with strategies & tactics to help you improve.

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  85. Jessica

    Hi,

    I have taken the SAT thrice and have not been performing well (1490, 1620, 1620). My ideal score would be 2300 and above, and what I am lacking of is Critical Reading. I have a month more to my SAT exam, am wondering if you could give some tips on how to improve the reading passages (both short and long) for Critical Reading. For math, I have been stuck in the high 680+s, so I’m wondering if theres any technique for me to surpass to 800. Email me back @ th.lastbreath@gmail.com

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Though your final goal is 2300, I’d make your first goal for your practice sections to break 1800. Then, when you can hit 1800 in your practice, go for 2000, and so on. I have a lot of information on both Critical Reading & Math on this site & on my Youtube channel, so explore all the videos to find all I have to offer! And let me know if you have any more questions!

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  86. harlee

    hi my name is harlee! My most recent sat score is an 1810 and i really want to be in the 2000 range. ive been doing practice test in the big blue book, but i still don’t feel prepared. i’m retaking the sat in october and its my last chance. i feel like i should work on math the most even though i scored a 60 on math and reading. I NEED HELP WITH EVERYTHING. ( except the essays)

    thanks

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Since you need help with “everything,” I’m afraid I can’t give much specific advice beyond what you can find on my site & Youtube channel. I recommend checking out all the resources on this site, in particular those for the math (especially the Math Diagnostic Test & Math Bootcamp series – both free!) and seeing how you do. If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact me & I’ll give you some additional advice!

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  87. Elif

    Hello ,I am a senior. it took my first sat on december of junior year and I got a 1830,
    (480 C,800M,570W) I took it again in June and I got 1900 (570C,700M,630W). Now I am looking for ways to increase my score at least two hundred points,(650,800 750). I do reading passages, practice for writing and memorize words every day .I read what you wrote about how to score 2000,2100,2200 but I still do not know what to do to increase it. I am taking the test in October.Please email me or commend if you could recommend anything specific about my situation?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      How often are you doing practice passages/practice reading sections? You should try to do a practice reading section every day. Work through the section under timed conditions, check your answers, and review each and every question and answer choice. There’s no substitute for consistent, careful practice!

      Same idea with the grammar: work through a section per day and spend time after the section working through each question & each choice. Try to categorize the question by error type: subject-verb agreement, fragment, etc. I can’t tell you exactly what mistakes you are making without knowing more about your progress, so you’ll have to do that diagnosis yourself!

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  88. Suraj

    Hi! I took the SAT in June 2014 and scored a 1980. I’ve been doing prep since then and have been cracking 2240-2300 consistently on 5 practice exams from different prep books. I want to try and push past 2300 to around 2350. Do you have any suggestions on making 3-4 fewer mistakes?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      It’s really hard to say exactly what you can do for those last few mistakes without knowing what kinds of mistakes you’re making in particular. So that should be your first task: Figure out if there are any patterns in your mistakes, and then determine if there are any ways to correct those mistakes. Feel free to follow up with me if you find anything specific or have any questions! 🙂

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  89. Sudha

    Hello there,

    My daughter is a junior, she had been giving practice test and is kind of stuck at 1960. Goal is 2400 she took 4 week elite prep class, not sure if there test is difficult. She did very well once in grammar in practice test and got all correct but now for last 3 practice test she is getting only 560. Please help. She is diligent and hard working. Please advice. The first official test she will be giving in November.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      There’s a lot of resources on this site and on my Youtube channel that might help your daughter, but for Grammar I’d point you to the Grammar Diagnostic Test & Grammar Bootcamp. These two resources cover the majority of the rules necessary for the Writing section, and they’re available on this site for free.

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  90. Soban

    I got 1800 in my mock SAT will I get scores above this in the actual SAT

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    • Rob
      Rob

      It’s possible. Think of your SAT score as a range of possibility – perhaps that 1800 is your average, or slightly below, or slightly above. If you do increase your score on the next test, though, it likely won’t be more than a few points, but if you practice, you can likely increase your score more.

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  91. Mary

    Hi, Rob! Great website 😉
    Now about my situation-I usually get around 710 on Writing,650 on CR and 630 on Math..however,my target is 780 on W,730 on CR,and 710 on M.I’ve been studying for 3 months,and now I have only a week left. Do you thinks its possible to raise my score by ~300 points in just a week?For writing I’m going to review all my notes i took from the Erica Meltzer’s Guide,for CR I’m going to study flashcards for at least 1 hour a day and read strategies,and for Math i will continue working through the Grubert’s Math book..oh,yes-and for the essay i will memorize 12 evidence examples.And I’m taking the whole timed practice test a day.Is it enough or I should just aim for 700 on every section?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      I’d make a few changes to your study program for the next week:

      Grammar: The Meltzer book is good, but make sure you do practice sections so you can learn to apply the rules to real SAT questions.

      Reading: I’d focus more on passages; the flash cards likely won’t do much good in a week, while improving on your passages could. Use real SATs, though!

      Math: I’d focus on real SAT sections rather than Gruber’s. It’s not a bad book, but sometimes it’s not 100% realistic to the actual test.

      If you’re going to take a full test a day, make sure you have enough time to go over each section and EVERY question and answer choice. If you don’t have enough time to do this, then take fewer practice tests because the learning happens during the review!

      Practice as hard as you can for this next week – your goal is to get as many correct as possible rather than hitting “700” because the difference between a 700 and 800 in most sections is just a few questions.

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  92. Soban

    hey I got 770 in maths, 510 in reading and 520 in writing that makes to 1800.How many questions do u think I got wrong in maths and how can I improve

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  93. Bob

    Hello,

    I took a practice PSAT today and received a 157 (1570 on SAT). Three hours later I took another practice PSAT and scored a 168 (1680 SAT). I’m only a sophomore, but once I take the SAT next year I’d like to improve to a 2100-2200. What can I do to drastically improve my score?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      The SAT will be a different test by the time you take it in the Spring of 2016. There will be some overlap, but the test will change from its current format. For example, the test will be out of 1600 instead of 2400. As yet, we’re not quite sure what the test will look like, so I can’t give you specific advice on it yet! However, you can do a number of long term activities to increase your overall SAT abilities:

      1) Take challenging classes in school & work hard to improve and get good grades
      2) Read A LOT. Try to read at least 30 minutes per day (on paper, blogs & websites don’t count). Read anything you like, but just make sure it’s something of decent quality & challenge.
      3) Keep an eye on this website – I’ll be adding info about the new SAT during this school year.

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  94. Oti Oritsejafor

    Hey
    Do you know where I can get hard questions other than in the pactice tests? like just hard questions

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    • Rob
      Rob

      The only source of real SAT questions is practice tests, so the only way to get authentic hard SAT problems is to cull them from real SATs. The Blue Book, the four tests on this site, and the Official Online Course should provide you with plenty of fodder.

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  95. Trish

    Hi, I took the PSAT as a sophomore last year and scored 177. My scores were exactly the same on on 3 parts- 59. I just tool my first SAT practice test, proctored and an actual test previously given. I scored 1850- Again, my scores in all three sections were similar. I have not started studying yet for my junior SAT. I really want to score atleast a 2100 (though of course I would like to get 2200+). If I started studying now, and plan to take this test in March, can I get to my goal? Approximately how much time per day should I be studying. I have always scored well on standardized tests and am a little disappointed in my PSAT /SAT practices so far. Thanks.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Sure, it’s possible to hit your goal, but it will take effort! Since you’re giving yourself amount of study time, focus on studying CONSISTENTLY – 1.5 hrs per day, 5 days per week. The key is to keep up this consistent schedule – intermittent cramming won’t be as effective. Since you say you’ve had success on previous standardized tests, that can give you extra confidence that consistent practice can yield some great benefits for you. (And 1850 isn’t a bad starting point at all!)

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  96. Prajwal

    Hi sir, I took a practice SAT before I took the PSAT and scored approximately 1840. I was happy with my score since that was my first time taking the SAT. I had crammed your tutorial videos in weeks ahead of time which was probably the reason for such a high score. When I took the actual PSAT, couple weeks later I received a 138. I was demoralized because of this score. We received our PSAT back since it didn’t actually count for National Merit, and I see where I had made mistakes. I had omitted a lot of questions. I took these tests my Sophomore year and now as a Junior I have taken SAT prep classes and I plan on watching your videos and doing a lot of practice until the SAT test day. I am taking the SAT in December then practicing again till March. If the score is still not where I want it, 2200+ I plan on studying most of summer Junior year and taking another one early Senior year. Do you think I can reach my goal? and your videos are so helpful, better than my prep class that my parents payed money for. I want to thank you for making it free and open to the public. Do you grade essays?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      If you commit & follow through with the SAT plan you’ve devised, I think you’ll have a great chance at improving your score, and perhaps enough to hit your target. I can’t guarantee that kind of success, but your chances of attaining your goal will be 0% if you don’t put in the effort 🙂 The discrepancy between your practice SAT & real PSAT is very strange, but as you said, you likely omitted fart too many questions.

      I do grade essays, but only for Members of my site. For a relatively inexpensive fee, you can get unlimited access to essay grading & my entire library of videos. (There’s much, much more than just the free stuff you’ve seen!) You can learn more about the Members Area here: http://reasonprep.com/enroll/

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  97. Omar

    I am taking the SAT for the first time and I’m aiming to get a 2000+. on the PSAT i got 1400 which was a bummer. what books do you recommend. so far i have used the College board book and the Princeton Review. Also do you think that the Princeton book will help me?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      The PR book might help you get the basics, but in the end the key will be doing practice from REAL SATs. I don’t advise you to use the Princeton Reviews practice tests, though you can read through their strategies and practice them on real SATs in the Blue Book.

      As for other books I recommend, I only really recommend the SAT Blue Book (which you have). Of course, I’m going to recommend my own video series in the Members Area for content & strategies 😉

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  98. Ashish Sharma

    I registered my SAT exam for November 8 not even a month left. This is my first SAT test although i have given practice test in my institute 3 times in which i have score of an around 1600. I know i can improve my Math section and i am expecting my math score above 700. The problem is CR and CW section as English is not my native language. Do you think i can get an score of around 1900-2000.If so what should my timetable look like? Thanks

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Sure, it’s possible to improve your score by a good 100 points or so in both reading & writing. Since you only have a month left, you’ll need to be on an accelerated schedule. I suggest approx. 3 hrs per day, 6 days per week for the next month. Spend the most time on reading, then math, then writing.

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  99. Boluwatife

    My SAT test will be in May next year so I need tips on studying cos I’m aiming for a 2200

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    • Rob
      Rob

      You’ve got plenty of time to study, so use it effectively! Study consistently – 1 hr per day, 4-5 days per week – rather than cramming. As for more specific tips, that’s what my site & videos are for. I recommend downloading the study guide for 2000, 2100, and 2200 and using that to focus your study time!

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  100. Varun Devulapalli

    Hey Rob, I am a junior who is going to take the official Sat in February, I’m sure I can achieve an easy 2000 If i were to try hard, but in order to pursue my dreams, I will easily require a 2300 plus,if it isn’t asking too much, may I borrow some of your time and maybe get some tutoring from you. As for once I have never seen someone so helpful and someone spending so much time helping others reach their goals, and I think I can reach mine wit your help. Thanks in advance.

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  101. Omar

    Hello. I’ve never tooken the SAT. But am really nervous about it. Do you think I can get a sollid grade by studying hard for two months.

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  102. Archana

    hi , I got a 1790 in my SAT diagnostic test. planning to take the SAT in January. my target is 2400. can u pls give me some advice on how to go about it. is the target too far-fetched?
    PS I don’t go for any prep courses either

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    • Rob
      Rob

      The 2400 isn’t necessarily impossible, but you’ll want to work your way up to it. It’s better to shoot for 2100 at first – once you hit 2100 on your practice tests consistently, then make the leap to 2400. I’d suggest starting with my 2000, 2100, 2200 Study Guide on this page; also check out my Youtube channel & the rest of the pages on this site for plenty of tips & advice!

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  103. Daly

    Hello, I am really worried about taking the SAT for the third time. I feel like my scores cannot be improved at all. Since I was not born in America, my English skill is not that great but my Math skill is great. My first SAT score was 1380. My second SAT score was 1530. And my goal for this next SAT test, on December, is an 1800 to a 1900. Do you think that I will improve if I start practicing just one month before the test? At least a 1600 or 1700, maybe? My weakest point is the Critical Reading.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Absolutely – if you don’t practice at all, your chances of improving are minimal; but practicing every day for the next month should help you improve your scores, especially if you practice consistently. Since your score goals are pretty modest, you can definitely accomplish this with some consistent effort. For the reading, I suggest focusing primarily on passage-based reading questions, since that’s really where your points are. Check out the Critical Reading Bootcamp & my Youtube channel for more reading tips!

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  104. Kovi

    Hi Rob,

    I am currently in my sophmore year and am planning to take my SAT sometime in April or May, this would be my first time, as well as my last as I am aiming to get my target score of 2300 this time. Do you have any tips? I plan on starting to prep as late as second week of this month which should give me a solid 6 months, is that enough time, or do I need more?

    Please advice

    Thanks
    Kovi

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    • Rob
      Rob

      You’re starting plenty early, so you have enough time! The one tip I can give you now is to be consistent: practice a little bit every day rather than cramming intermittently. Otherwise, check out my site & videos for specific strategies & advice!

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  105. Adesuwa

    Hello. My best score on the SAT is a 1680. Is it still possible to achieve 2000+ in a little over a month (320+ jump). I felt so confident that I could achieve my goal the last SAT I took but I fell way short of it. Any advice? Thank you.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Sure, it’s possible to increase that much, but to do so you’ll need to practice every day. This doesn’t mean study 5 hours per day, but if you put in 1.5 hrs per day for the next month, you’ve got good chances at improving. I can’t guarantee 320 points, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility. As for more specific tips & advice, check out my site & videos!

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  106. Bob

    Hey i Got a 1350 in the SAT for the First time, and i was hoping for an 1800, can you email me so i cant talk more to you?

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  107. Padmaja

    Hi Rob,

    What are your charges for private tutoring online for CR

    Thanks,
    Padmaja

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  108. Blair

    Hi Rob,
    I’m in very different ranges for each section.

    CR = 710-760
    WR = 610-630
    Math = 510-560

    My priority is to raise my math score.
    But raising CR and WR to help my overall score wouldn’t hurt either.

    Which study guide do you suggest using? Should I use a combination of them?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Hmm I’d use a combination of them since your scores are so different. I’d do the 2300-2400 guide for Reading; 2000, 2100, and 2200 Guide for Writing; and 1700-1800-1900 guide for Math (at least to start).

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  109. Haree

    Hey I’m Haree and I took two SAT practice tests, one 2400 SAT and another 1600 new harder SAT and I scored 1530 and 900 respectively.Can yoy please help me , I am planning to take old SAT I am a sophomore now n I’d like to take SAT by 2016 ( December of 2015) . I need help to prepare and improve from 1530 to 2200+. Can you please help me what to do I just have like like a year left and I want to write the old SAT as I got a better score in it than the new SAT pracrioce test given by C2 Education. I am looking for ur response .thanks

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    • Rob
      Rob

      The good news is that you have a lot of time to prepare yourself for both exams!

      I’m going to focus this comment on the old SAT (last administered in December 2015). I can’t comment on the new test, primarily because no one really knows what the new test looks like. That C2 Education test is probably not worth paying attention to; we’ll have better practice tests for that by the spring of 2015.

      I’m not sure what the breakdown of your 1530 was, but I assume it was pretty evenly distributed. The first thing you need to do is break up your gains in chunks. It’s not a good idea to try to grow from 1530 to 2200 in one go. Your first goal should be to hit 1800 consistently. Once you can do that, try to break 2000, and once you can do that, shoot for your final goal of 2200+.

      As for specific advice on how to do that, that’s what this site and my Youtube channel is for. I suggest starting out with the study guide for 1700, 1800, and 1900 on this page, and browse my site for articles, videos, etc. that will help you reach your goals. If you have any other specific questions, let me know!

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  110. Tobias

    Hi, I took a practice SAT last year and I got a 1670. I practiced over the summer, took the official SAT in October and I got a 2150.
    I need some advice on how to get my score up to 2300-2400.
    How can I attain excellent vocabulary?
    Thanks in advance & please reply via email.

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  111. SATstudent

    hello, thank you for the great videos. I am a senior and my highest score is 1840. i have a problem in math i couldn’t yet figure. i’m stuck in the 610-640 range and couldnt get any higher. what do you suggest to do since i am left with only three trials ahead?

    can i have the link of the progress tracker?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      It’s likely at this point that the hard math questions are what’s holding you back from a 700+. So what you have to do right now is complete as many hard math questions as you can – get as many real SATs as you can get your hands on & complete every single difficult math problem. Make sure you understand each question backwards & forwards so that you’ll be more comfortable on hard math Qs on test day.

      You can find the progress tracker & other downloads here:

      http://reasonprep.com/downloads/

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  112. Newcomer

    Hi, I am a new student in the US education system, immigrated here from Africa in January 2014 and started school in March 2014. I’ve taken my SAT in June with about 3 weeks preparation and got a 1430; I thought maybe I wasn’t as prepared for it because it was my first time. However, I took it again in November after studying the whole summer using the Princeton Review book and most recently the College Board Study Guide, which I found more effective than anything else. But only got up to a 1550; my scores improved but not at the level I thought they would, I was hoping for at least a 1800+. I am a senior and most college deadlines with Scholarship consideration are December 1. So do you suggest that I take the test a third in January with different techniques to better my score? Is it possible for me to achieve a 2000+? Please advice and assist in any way you can, Thanks.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Yes, as long as your deadlines allow you to take the test in January, I’d consider taking it a third time then. As for whether you can get a 2000+, it’s too hard for me to say since I don’t know your personal situation or your background, but if you put in some solid practice time over the next couple months, you likely can achieve some score games. I recommend downloading the Study Guide for 1700, 1800, 1900 on this page & starting your studies there!

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  113. Steve Sahayadarlin

    I have a question. I am currently a sophomore and I want to get a 2200+ on the SAT before I submit it to colleges. The problem is, I don’t know where to start. There are so many resources like books, online courses, tutoring, etc. I am very week in the critical reading and writing section because english is not my native language. I am very good at math. I recently bought a book called “Complete SAT guide to critical reading.” I have learned a lot from it. I just don’t know how to prepare as a whole? Should I just rely on books? Should I go for private tutoring? Please email me about this. Thank you very much!

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  114. salma

    hi i took the sat first time and i got a 1070, i need to get a minimum score of 480 on the writing how can i do that? im taking the sat on 24/1/2015 so i still have almost 2 months to study can you please email me because i need help

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  115. Erica

    Hey, I took the SAT in October for the first time and got a 2210 on it, but that was after around four months of prep. I got 690 on Reading, 740 (2 wrong) on Maths, and 780 in Writing (Essay score of 11). I’m retaking in January and I want a score of at least 2300. Since I want to apply to the UK, this is my last chance since applications start early.

    I’ve done Princeton Review tests. I have 2 CollegeBoard tests left and roughly 7 or 8 from McGraw Hill. My vocab isn’t that great, but I’m building slowly at a pace of 20 words a day. And I feel as if I retain it better because I’m essentially relearning the new vocab from when I was preparing for the October SAT instead of learning from scratch.

    From all the practice papers I’ve done after the October SAT, I’ve been scoring at a range of 2240-2320. Is there a way to tighten the range so that my range becomes 2280-2320? Also, my Reading scores have significantly improved in all the practice tests. My lowest score was a 740 and my highest was 800. Do you think this is because I’ve really improved in my Reading ability, or because the practice tests are just easier than the October test was?

    Also, something else I noticed is that I generally understand the Maths questions. I usually get 2 wrong though, so my score drops to like 740. I’ve improved in that aspect and have started to score in the high 700s for Maths, but then on a couple of tests, there were like 5 questions I had no idea how to solve, and my score just collapsed. Do you know how I can be ready for these surprise questions? And what resources to use?

    Thank you so much! Please email me back at songsehyun@yahoo.co.uk

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  116. SuryanarayanaTippabh

    Hello I am Surya, and I had just taken the PSAT as a sophomore, and I got a 180. I got a 76(1 careless error) in math, and a 56 in reading, and a 48 in writing. I don’t understand why my writing scores are low, as I always feel that I do well here. Critical reading tends to be the hardest as the passages and everything seem very hard, but I think I am improving. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Well first, the SAT will be changing in the Spring of next year, so if you want to take the current version of the SAT, you need to do so by December 2015!

      That said, if you intend on taking the old SAT, there’s a ton you can do in the meantime to prep. For writing, I suggest taking my Grammar Diagnostic Test, and then work your way through the Grammar Bootcamp. The key for the grammar is to learn the rules – there aren’t that many, and the College Board repeats them constantly!

      As for reading, the only way to get better is to do practice passages consistently. You might be interested in my Critical Reading Bootcamp to help guide you – http://reasonprep.com/critical-reading-bootcamp/

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  117. Michelle

    Hi, I am going to take the SAT for the third time in 24th January. I always have problem with my critical reading section and weak in memorizing all those SAT vocab. Is there any ways to memorize more efficiently and what practice should I do more as I need to increase about 400 points to get the scholarship?

    Thanks.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      I wouldn’t focus much on memorizing at all. Vocabulary plays only a small part in the reading score; the bulk of the points are in the passages. How well do you do on passages (i.e. # right, # wrong?) Feel free to e-mail me directly at rob@reasonprep.com

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  118. Sarah

    Hello. I am a junior planning to take the SAT for the first time in March. I recently took 2 Collegeboard practice tests. I scored a 2010 and 1940. What’s a reasonable increase amount in my score? However, I am also scared because my friend told me she did the entire blue Collegeboard book and was scoring in the low 2000s but when she took the SAT twice, she got a 1600ish and an 1800. Also, a lot of people have told me that March is a bad time to take the SAT because of the bad curve. Is this true? How will it impact my score? I want to get over a 2100 please 🙂 Thank you!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      First, I wouldn’t worry about curves at all. The curve affects everyone the same. If the test is easier, the curve will be harsher, but that’s the point of a curve – to adjust for test difficulty. Ironically, you’d have to be more worried about this kind of thing if there WEREN’T curves because then you’d have to try to get yourself into the easiest test you could. In this case, it’s all evened out.

      As for a “reasonable” expectation, assuming you are around a 1950, a 2100 is a modest goal to shoot for. I don’t want to limit your upside, but you are right to approach your goals carefully: shoot for +50 points in each section for now. Once you can hit that goal, move on to the next +50. Just take it step by step and focus on improving on your weaknesses.

      I’m not sure how your friend approached the tests, but it’s not unusual for that to happen, especially if the student doesn’t fully simulate test-taking conditions. I know nothing about the quality of her preparation, but I wouldn’t apply that to yourself as any kind of lesson. Just focus on practicing; the only thing you can control is your commitment & preparation!

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  119. Cori

    hey rob,
    okay so i took the practice test and added up the scores without the essay and got around 1300. im taking the test in 20 days and i need at least a 1500!! what can i do (for free) that will get me to this score in 20 days?? thanks so much and write back soon!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      There’s no shortcut – practice!

      Here’s a general practice plan:

      Math: Focus on easy & medium questions, focus on algebra & geometry (you can check out my SAT Math Bootcamp series of videos for free)

      Reading: practice passages – one reading section/day until the test

      Grammar: learn most important grammar rules (check out my SAT Grammar Bootcamp series of videos, also free)

      Study for 1.5 hrs/day from now until your test. Good luck!

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  120. ariana

    hi,
    I am going to be giving my SAT for the first ( and hopefully last) time this January. currently I am at a 2200 on my practise test. I am keep fluctuating between 2150-2200…. the highest I’ve gotten so far is a 2240. Do you think it is possible for me to get a 2350 on my actual test?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Yup, it’s definitely possible. You’re only 100-150 points away, which in your scoring range is likely 2 questions or so per section! So you only need to bump your accuracy up to get that score. However, this is actually quite difficult since the questions you’re missing are likely the hardest on the test. The thing you need to figure out over the next couple weeks is the question types & topics that you consistently miss on the test. If you have any specific questions on how you can improve those areas, let me know!

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  121. Ariana

    Hi ,
    Thnx for the motivation and advice 🙂 . And yes I specifically need help with my writing . I get 780-800 in math…690-740 in critical and the max I have ever got in writing is a 710 ….I am pretty good at the essay but the other parts worry me

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    • Rob
      Rob

      You are welcome – focus on the hard questions in the writing in particular. It’s likely that you’re missing those above all (in particular the Error IDs – many student struggle with #25-29 in the long grammar section).

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  122. Becca

    Hi! I took the SAT last March during my sophomore year and received a 2210. (750 writing, 780 reading, 680 math). I’m currently taking BC Calc and struggle to think through the math SAT questions at the level I’m meant to. I overcomplicate the questions.. How should I go about increasing my math score to at least a 750?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      With your math background, you should be able to do well on even the hardest math question. It seems like you already have an idea of your issue – even the hardest math problems usually have a simple solution, and you are likely trying to use your advanced mathematical skills & thinking to solve the problems. The best thing you can do is get as many REAL SATs as possible and practice as many hard math questions as you can. Make sure you fully understand each question and work through as many ways to solve them as possible. You might also want to take the Math Diagnostic Test on my site to make sure there aren’t any concepts that you need to review.

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  123. Ana

    Hi, I’m a sophmore in Canada aiming for UC Berkeley, and I got my PSAT score of 166, which is less than what I expected. How can I improve my sat score up to the 2200’s? Please help me, I really want to do well. Thank you! Contact me by email please.

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  124. Jyotsna

    Hi, I’m a Junior in high school and on my recent SAT exam, I got a 1700 ( 490R, 590M, 630W Essay:8) My goal is to get a 2100 on the March Exam. That’s a 400 point increase which is a lot to gain within a month but I am willing to make a commitment to the SATs and increase my scores. I would like to increase my Reading score from 490 to 600, Math: 590-750, and Writing: 630-750. I have the College Board book and Princeton, Barrons, Kaplan SAT Exam Review(With practice exams) Books. With my commitment, I was able to come across your website and I’ve been watching your videos. Can you suggest any tips, or things that I should focus on to bring up my score? Also, which Review Books (the ones listed above) should I practice out of first to give me the best results and a score as good as 2100+? Please email me ASAP @ j****************.

    Thank You!

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  125. soumya

    Hi!! I got a 191 on the PSAT and i was kind of disappointed because I hoped for National Merit. I took a practice SAT today and my score was a 2030. Do you have any tips? I’m hoping for at least a 2100+ on the January SAT (which is in a week) I had a 720 in math, 700 in writing, and a 610 in critical reading. Any tips to drastically improve my reading score in a week, and my other scores a little higher?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      I offer a ton of tips on this site & my website, but I can’t be very specific with you yet because I know little about your abilities & background aside from the 191 score. Reading is tough to improve in a week, but it might be possible to squeeze out a few extra points if you’re making elementary mistakes. I’d recommend checking out some of the resources I have on this site & Youtube about Critical Reading, such as the Critical Reading Bootcamp. Also, you might benefit from this video about studying for the SAT at the last minute:

      http://reasonprep.com/last-minute-sat-tips/

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  126. genesis

    where can i write an essay and have you grade it for me.

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  127. Shriya Kartha

    Hi Rob,

    I took a pre diagnostic test at a center, and I got a 1640. I’m not very pleased with my scores, and my goal is to get at least a 2100. Would you say this is too much to suggest? Also, what are some ways I can work towards a 2100?

    Thank you so much!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      No it’s not too high of a goal, but I would suggest thinking in 200-300 point jumps. So your next goal should be to hit an 1800, then 2000, then 2100+.

      Download the Study Guide for 1700, 1800, and 1900 on this page for specific instructions, but the main thing you should be focusing on right now is getting all the EASY and MEDIUM questions correct. Doing so will net you an 1800+, so if you’re missing those questions (especially in grammar & math), it’s time to clean up on them. I have a ton of advice on my site, so I won’t repeat everything I say in my videos in this comment, but I would recommend starting with the Math & Grammar Diagnostic tests. Feel free to contact me directly at rob@reasonprep.com if you have any further questions!

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  128. ayesha

    this is the first time i will be giving sat in may. my problem is that i get very nice scores in math but my reading score goes down to 450. i didnt attempt any vocab questions. n my writing is pretty ok, it can even be considered gud. my aim is to get 2400 if i have to learn the vocab. And how much max can i score if i consider not to learn the vocab at all or maybe attempt a few questions (first 1 or 2) . again, suck at cr but gud at math. what can i do to improve my score and also, what scould be my daily routine for sat till may if i intent to score 2400 . and plz another routine if i want to learn no vocab. (routine= no of hours studing sat)

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    • Rob
      Rob

      You will definitely have to attempt some vocabulary questions – you can’t completely leave them out, otherwise you’re already down 19 questions. If you only attempt 4-5 questions or so of the sentence completions, the max score you coulg get would be in the mid 600s or so, so I’d definitely advise you to start learning some vocab. Vocab also matters for the passage questions, so learning no vocab at all could really hurt your score, not even counting the questions you might miss otherwise.

      Don’t focus on getting that 2400 in one go – you need to take it step by step. If you’re scoring 450 in Reading right now, focus on improving that to 550 in your practice tests. Then 600, then 650, etc. It will be essentially impossible to go from 450 –> 800 in one jump, so give yourself some more flexibility to improve on all sections.

      As for a daily schedule, I recommend studying in two 1.5 hr sessions per day (5-6 days per week). Alternate between Math, Reading, and Writing (with a bit more focus on Reading since it’s the most challenging section).

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  129. Kevin Wang

    Hello sir, what would you recommend me to use for an acumen in grammar (for the writing section)? On the last test, I scored a mere 660 on the writing section (though my practises have been constant 700s) and I am aiming for a 750 for the section. Do you have a good resource/list/plan for studying for the writing section?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      First, a “mere” 660 is actually really good! Without knowing how you did on the grammar vs. essay and how you did on the different types of multiple choice questions, I advise the following:

      1) Grammar Diagnostic
      2) Grammar Bootcamp

      These free resources should help you learn the rules that you might still not know.

      There’s also an additional series (Grammar Tactics) available in the paid Members Area.

      You also need to spend some time figuring out what kinds of grammar questions you get wrong – improving sentences, error ID, or improving paragraph. Then you need to practice those questions (especially the hard ones) until you 100% understand them.

      I’d also advise you to get your essay to a 10+. Again, not sure what you scored on the essay, but a 700+ is more reasonable when you have a 10+ on the essay. I offer essay grading in the Members Area, but if that’s not an option for you, having a teacher/friend/tutor read your practice essays & offer advice could help.

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  130. Sean

    Hi, I scored a 1710, my weakest areas are the CR and Writing sections. What do you recommend doing to increase my CR score. On the writing section however, I do well on the essay but poorly on the grammar portion what do you recommend doing to increase my score?

    Break down of my scores: 510 CR, 700 M, and 500 W with 8 on the Essay. I’m trying to get a 650 in both CR and W and like a 750 in Math, please advice.

    Thanks

    Sean

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Luckily, grammar is pretty easy to increase with a little bit of work – start with my Grammar Diagnostic Test & then watch the SAT Grammar Bootcamp videos:

      http://reasonprep.com/grammar-diagnostic-test/
      http://reasonprep.com/sat-grammar-bootcamp/

      Both of these resources are available free. If you become a member, you can also check out the SAT Grammar Tactics series: http://reasonprep.com/sat-grammar-tactics/

      Work on your grammar consistently and your score should shoot up to at least 650.

      Reading is the trickier section – since its based on the reading skills that you’ve developed over your entire educational life, it’s more resistant to short-term fixes. However, the best way to improve on the reading (aside from learning some vocabulary) is to work on your passages. There are likely a ton of easy & medium questions that you’re missing in the reading, and if you modify your approach & learn the signs of a correct SAT reading answer choice, you’ll be more likely to bump up your reading score. I don’t have many free resources on reading, but you can check out a sample of the Critical Reading Bootcamp here: http://reasonprep.com/critical-reading-bootcamp/

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  131. Allison

    Hi Mr. Rob! Thanks for all the advice! I can see that it really takes a lot of work to reach those top scores. I’m trying to create a 4 month schedule for myself in hope of reaching at least 2150-2250. Would you mind taking a look at my ideas, and let me know if I’m heading in the right direction? As I said, I have 4 months left. I took the sat and got an 1850- 600 reading, 560 writing (8 essay), and 690 math. I’m planning on doing intervals of four. One test section of reading one day, one math section the next day, writing section the next day, and 20 minutes of reading direct hit sat vocab the last day. Essentially I would repeat this set of four until the test, and get about 2 to 2.5 hours of practice a week. Should I do more? Is this reasonable for a 200-300 increase starting at 1850? I am highly motivated so I am willing to put in as much time as required. Any advice would be greatly appreciated 🙂

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Sounds like a good start! I’d add the following advice:

      Make sure you incorporate time into your study sessions to review every question – even the ones you got right! Your study sessions should range from 1 – 1.5 hrs at a time, so that will put your total to 4-6 hours per week. That’s definitely a solid schedule, especially if you can be consistent. You can definitely take a day off here and there, but you should shoot for 5-6 days/week of studying.

      Once per month, take a full practice test, both to help you get used to the timing of the test and to give you a measure of your current score.

      Be ready to adjust your study schedule as your score changes – if you hit 750+ in math consistently, you might want to devote more time to Reading or Grammar.

      Finally, you might want to integrate some prep books or videos into your study schedule to learn strategies, content, etc. as necessary. Obviously, I recommend my own material – feel free to browse the site for a ton of free videos, downloadables, and content.

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  132. Yohan

    Hello! I took an SAT this January and got a score of 1800… 580 CR 610 math 610 writing with essay score of 6… I feel very disappointed because I would get practice scores of 2000+ from the blue book… Is it possible for me to reach a score of around 2100+ on october in my senior year?? I really need help…!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      It’s absolutely possible, especially since you have ~8 months to prepare! Study a little bit each day (1.5 hrs) consistently from here until October and I like your chances!

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  133. sofia

    Hi, I gave my SAT in January and got 1580 and according to mw that was a very bad score since my diags were arpund 1900 to 2100. I dont know what wwnt wrong and how to make sure I dont make the miatakes again. Please tell me what I should do now.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Since I know nothing about your background, it’s impossible for me to say exactly what went wrong, but sometimes students do worse on the real thing for a variety of reasons: they used the wrong practice tests, they didn’t simulate test taking conditions, they froze up during the real test, and so on. So what you need to do is get a REAL SAT, sit down on a Saturday morning, and take the test (all 9 sections, including the essay) at once under timed conditions. If you score the same as you did on your previous diagnostics, then there’s a good chance you’ll do better on your next real SAT. I think it’s more likely, though, that you’ll score closer to your real score, and then it will be time to devise a study plan to help you improve for your next SAT date.

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  134. Matthew Anunda

    Hello i took the SAT January 24 and scored a sad score of 1270. I’m trying to get at least in the 1500-1700 range and I need all the help i can get before i take it again on may 2.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Well you’ve come to the right place! Download the Study Guide for 1500-1600 above and get started studying. The Math & Grammar Diagnostic Tests & Bootcamps are available free, so start there. Let me know if you have any specific questions.

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  135. Caroline DeMent

    Hi, I just wanted to thank you for everything you are doing here… Your videos are a really huge help! I took the sat back in december for the first time, and scored a 1950 (710 writing 630 reading 610 math). I am taking the test again tomorrow and hoping to get above 2000… But in the future I would hope to get around 2200-2300. I have been taking practice tests in the sat book, focusing on math, but I feel like the problems are easier in the book than on the sat. Is there anywhere you know where I could take released sats? I feel like I dont know where to start with math because I overcomplicate things. Im currently in ap calculus, so most of the material was stuff I learned in middle school or 9th grade. Do you have any advice on how to nõt overcomplicate things?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Thanks for the kind words! You’ve hit on the key point with the SAT Math – the content isn’t really the hard part, but the types of questions they ask are unusual and aren’t amenable to the algorithms you’ve learned in math class. The key is to get used to the types of questions they ask and the quick tactics that can be used to solve almost all of them (nearly every question can be solved in 30 seconds or less if you know the right approach). Spend time with each question – especially the hards – and try to generate as many ways to solve the problem as possible. You’ll find that there’s usually a quick and clean approach to solving even the most complicated and unusual looking question. You might also benefit from my SAT Math Tactics series – some videos are available for free here: http://reasonprep.com/sat-math-tactics/

      I also hold periodic livestream sessions – you could attend one of those sessions and bring specific questions you want me to help you with. You can learn more (and sign up for updates) here: http://reasonprep.com/livestreams/

      The Blue Book Math is not too far from real SAT math, but obviously getting some real tests could help. One place to get these tests is the SAT Online Course – I believe they offer another three REAL tests in addition to 6 more practice tests created just for the course. For additional real tests, I can’t point you to any source in particular, but if you Google “SAT QAS,” you might have some luck finding more!

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  136. saranya

    i am doing horrible on the SAT. i got a 1300 in my freshman year and now as a junior i have 1600. however i want at least a 1900 and i am taking the SAT in 3 to 4 months. any advice to boost score high in short time.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      You actually have a nice chunk of time to study if you’re taking the SAT in June, so commit to working 4-5 days per week, one hour per day. Do that consistently and you should see some nice gains.

      As for specific advice, I have a ton of freely available info on this page and on my Youtube channel – download the Study Guide for 1700, 1800, and 1900, and get studying! Many of the resources mentioned in the Study Guide are free, so even if you don’t have a membership, you’ll be able to get started diagnosing your areas of weakness and developing a game plan for your study schedule.

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  137. aysh

    heyy, i will be taking sat this may, july, October and december. These are all the chances that i have left with me and i wanna get a perfect score or at least get as near as possible. Currently, i get 1900-2000. Math is usually 800 on the practice tests and writing is 730-760s but my main problem is critical reading. Once i seem to start improving, like from making 3 mistakes per passage to 1 mistake per passage, i fall back again to again making 3-4 mistakes per passage which frustrates me. I m also not concentrating alot (or maybe not all) on the vocab at the momment. I m practicing the passages from princeton review and the real sat papers. should i continue to practice from pr and start doing barrons and also, is it worth it, Barron’s, because i dont have much time as u can see and wbt the vocab ?? is it also worth the effort?? also plz plz plz, i really dont know how to set my timetable for sat on the daily basis so could u plzzzz help me …… and i dont mind doing sat 3 hours a day but it should show imrovement and be worth my time. thank uuu

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    • Rob
      Rob

      The first piece of advice I have is to never use PR, Barron’s, or any third party for practice reading. You should use real SATS only for practice, especially for reading passages.

      Per section, how many do you usually get wrong in a) sentence completions and b) passages? Please email me with the answers to this question so I can give you a more targeted response. (Click on “Contact” in the navbar under “About Rob”)

      As for study schedule, you don’t have to study much more than 1.5 hrs a day as long as you study consistently. So commit to studying 1.5 hrs per day, 5 days per week between now and your last test in December. Each day should be devoted to a different topic: Reading, Math, Writing. You might consider devoting 3 days/week to reading, 1 day to math, and 1 day to writing, but you can determine what works best for you. As for how you should spend your time, here’s a video that explains the best way to prep for the SAT: https://youtu.be/Uo9xF1tW6TE

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  138. kush

    hey. i took a pre sat and got 110 out of 240, and i took a mock test and got 1150. now i m taking the sats in may.
    i can only take it once and i have no space to get anything below 2100. its a big jump. the pre sat and the mock test i took, the score was with minimum studies. now i and doing practice test all day and every day. i have been doing this for past few weeks, is there anything i can do to get that score for sure. i cant get a single point below 2100. being that i have to make a big jump in the scores. could you please suggest me books and tipis or classes. something that will help me get that score. can you please email me if you can khushipatel5805@gmail.com thanks.

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  139. Isabella

    Hi! I’m a junior who just received her sat score today. I did not study at all, nor did I even open a review book of any sorts because I simply took the SAT for the first time to sort of conquer my huge fear of big tests. I actually did pretty well (reading-690, math-580, writing-610), with a total of 1880, considering that I didn’t even know how many sections were on the test when I took it in march. But now, I’m going to actually study, practice, study, and practice some more during the next few months, especially during summer. My goal has always been to be in the range of 2200 or above, although I’m really happy with doing my best. Most school accept applicants on holistic judgement and other factors like GPA and awesome essays, but they also look meticulously at the sat scores. How can I make a 400 point leap and improve in my math enough for me to get into the 670 range? Thank you!

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  140. Sarah

    Hi I’m a junior and I just got my sat scores back from the March 14 SATS. I got a 1650:( I take so and honors classes. I know I can bring upy scores. I got a 590 for CR a 540 Math and a 520 on writing. What can I do to raise my score to above at least 1900!? I also got an 8 on my essay.

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  141. KJR

    Hey Rob, I am a junior now. When i took my PSAT i recieved a score of 1250. I’ve spend much of my time prepping for this test by watching your member area videos and reading/doing many work books. I’ve taken many practice tests from Kaplan and thought i improved because my score improved to a 1680 2 times.. I thought i was in the 1600-1800 range. But when i took the actual SAT on March 14, i received a score of 1380. 500-writing, essay-8, 490-math, 380-Reading. I have a feeling i am in the same place i started. I have the next SAT coming up June 6th. Is there any way i can bump my score to a 1800 in 2 months? I feel like i am missing something. I’ve watched most of your videos in the members area. Still i am in the same place. I need your help. Is there any way for that 1800? Even by super score? My academic Math is good- Grades all A’s and B’s. Same with English. I don’t read much but i plan to. Thank you!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Please contact me so we can discuss further! When you email me, please let me know how many real SAT practice sections or tests you did between now and then. I generally don’t advise students to use any other material besides real SATs because third-party test (like Kaplan) are often inaccurate. So please email me!

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  142. Andrew Sutjahjo

    Hey there! I am currently a Sophomore in High School… I actually have a tight schedule next year, taking 3-4 AP classes so I started studying my SAT prep (self-study, no preps, no classes) since June 2014 and I took my SAT practice test review at Princeton Review. Being an enthusiast I was waiting for my scores everyday, as I come from Singapore (Whole different education system), I got a 1500 on the test. Taking 1 after 2 months, I got 1460, this actually hit me hard as I was really studying hard and I actually read more books after I took my 1st test. I just saw your website and I think it is AWESOME!!! I would like to know some tips that I can get, maybe on my English, Reading, Writing and Essay. I got a 630 for math and the rest…. Pretty damn bad, so yes, I’d love some tips for English. I have roughly 3 months, during the summer to sharpen my english from bad to perfect… I personally can take up to 3-5 hours of studying a day and you can add 2-3 hours after a cup of coffee and some rest. Any kind of schedule and studying guide that I can significantly improve my English?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Definitely take a look at the Grammar Diagnostic Test & Grammar Bootcamp – those can help you with the Writing Section of the test. I also have series on the Reading (Critical Reading Bootcamp) and Essay (Essay Bootcamp), in addition to a ton of videos on my Youtube channel. So I’d start with those resources!

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  143. Karyn cornejo

    Hello, I’m a junior and I will be taking my first SAT June 6th, 2015. I’m hoping to get at least a 1600, however, the school I go to has a really low level of math and I have barely learned anything at all in math except this year and only because I Have a better math teacher. I am going to be doing 2 hours of English every Monday Wednesday and Friday and two hours of math every Tuesday and Thursday each week leading up to the exam. I will also try to do as much practice tests as possible and study on Saturdays as well. I was hoping if you could give me detailed advice on how to achieve this score or higher, I would highly appreciate it. Please email me: karyncornejo@hotmail.com Thank you!

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  144. Gaurav Ajariwal

    hello!
    I took my SAT and scored 1400 ( I know it’s bad).
    But, now I’m working hard lately and scored 2000 in my practice SAT test at my tuition.
    Can I get a perfect score or around 2300 in a month ?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      I don’t know much about your progress or practice so far – if you’ve taken real practice SATs, the breakdown of your scores, what problems still give you trouble, etc. so I can’t say definitively whether you get get 2300+ in a month. I can see that you’ve made some great gains already, which is great, so you’ve already shown a track record of improvement. If these gains are accurate, then you should continue doing what you’ve been doing to see how many more points you can squeeze out of the test. So keep up the good work, try hard, and you never know 🙂

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  145. Gaurav Ajariwal

    So, maybe there’s a chance for scoring 2300+ in a month ?
    I mean it depends on me, isn’t it ?

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  146. Gaurav Ajariwal

    thank you so much. 🙂

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  147. AJ

    Hello,
    I took the SAT’s in March and got a 1400. I know that its a bad score and I need to work harder. I’m taking the SATs in June again and my goal is to achieve a 1500 this time can you please email me back on the best way to get this 100 point increase. By the way you make great videos.
    Thank you for taking your time to read this, please email me back at bestkid4ever@yahoo.com

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  148. IgorChebruch

    Hey Rob,

    I’ve been asking you a lot of reading questions lately because this is my most difficult section. I got a 2010 total in March (740 Math, 730 Writing, and 540 Reading). I would like to get at least a 600 in June (preferably a 650) in reading. It’s so frustrating in reading because there are often answers where I just don’t see how they get to the answer. For example, in your one video with short passages the answer was “an unobstructed stream” (I think it was your short passages video), while it could’ve been “nostalgic reminiscence”. I go through the same process like eliminating choices but I frequently end up eliminating the wrong one. The questions most especially difficult are the ones where “what would the author of passage 2 say to this argument in passage 1?” Should these dual passage generals be kept in mind while reading? Should I read the general questions even if I wouldn’t start them right away? I just don’t remember what specifically an author would say and it’s a big time waste to look in the passage for 5 minutes to refresh myself. In addition, I am almost done memorizing up to vocab list 3. If I want a 600-650, should I stop there or continue?

    So I guess in summary:

    How do I stop eliminating true choices?
    How much vocab should I really know?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      It’s hard to say why you’re eliminating the correct choices without actually seeing specific questions. The tough thing with the reading is that there are very few “general principles” that can help on many questions (though there are some). So it comes down to discussing particular questions and particular passages – that’s the only way to improve.

      So for the question you mentioned: http://reasonprep.com/members-area/critical-reading-bootcamp/passage-based-reading/short-passages/

      #11. You say nostalgic reminiscence (D) can work, and likely that’s because you’re focusing on line 4: childhood memories. This is a trap, however. The question wants to know what the author “likens our experience of sensory impressions to,” and while he does mention childhood memories, that’s only a very small piece of the entire whole. The entire paragraph mentions things that have nothing to do with nostalgia – paper clips, a friend’s face, etc. The key is to see that daily life “overflows” with these kind of perceptions, and that they “flow by with monotonous ease.” So the more general point the author is making is that the sensory impressions flow by us constantly, we are surrounded by them – thus, line B. So the problem with D is that it only picks out a small piece of the paragraph (literally just two words), while B summarizes the paragraph as a whole. So one major issue to watch out for are the trap choices that you’re likely falling for – the three major ones are “Recycled Words,” “Half Right, All Wrong,” and primarily. I talk more about traps here: http://reasonprep.com/members-area/critical-reading-bootcamp/passage-based-reading/reading-trap-answers-errors/

      As for vocab: see how you’re doing on the sentence completions at this point. Do a few sentence completion sections and let me know how many right, wrong, and omitted you get out of the total 19 questions. That will tell us how much you should focus on vocab. One list of words that you could learn are the “Tone, Attitude, Mood” words here: http://reasonprep.com/members-area/downloads/word-lists/

      Final Note: Reading doesn’t go up overnight, especially without consistent practice. The Reading is the hardest section to improve on, especially if it’s not your strong suit. However, given your high scores in the other sections, you definitely have the potential to get at least 600 in the section. Since you are a Member of the site, you can send me whatever Reading questions you have, so send me any questions that trip you up (by email) and we can discuss them thoroughly. And commit to practicing Reading for at least an hour 5-6 days/week.

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  149. brian chun

    Hello sir, I first took my sat on december and earned 1600 (R420, M640, and W 540, essay 9)
    But when retook the test on may iI got 1680 (R430, M710, W540, essay 10). I want to improve my reading score…. although I do well on the practice test, I could not in the real test. I studied hard for it…so could you give me some advice? Thank you

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    • Rob
      Rob

      I’ll need more information about your studies before I can give you a useful answer. Please email me directly (go to “Contact” above) and let me know:

      1) What were your practice test scores in Reading?
      2) What tests (real tests, Princeton Review, Kaplan, etc.) did you use to practice?
      3) By “studied hard,” what do you mean exactly? How did you study, how often, etc.

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  150. Allen

    Hi, I took my first SAT in May 2015 and I only got a 1450. I was planning to take it in November. Should I start prepping for it now?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Yup, I’d definitely start ASAP, or at least at the beginning of your summer vacation. The key is to study a little bit every day. Cramming intermittently will not get you the results you’re looking for. Commit to studying 1.5 hrs/day, 5-6 days per week until the November test. Do that and I like your chances!

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  151. Noora K

    Hi!
    I got a 1480 on the SAT and I’m very disappointed. I don’t feel like I reached my full potential at all and just don’t understand what went wrong. I really really need a score of 1700-1800 at least and I’m scared I’m going to blow it again. I’m currently a junior in the last semester of this year, so I only have senior year to improve my score. Any tips on doing so? Will I be able to increase my score by 300 points? Please help I have no idea what I’m going to do if I don’t meet my goal

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    • Rob
      Rob

      I assume you took the May SAT, right? When they release your score report, please send it to me so I can take a closer look at the breakdowns. You can email me by going to “Contact” in the nav bar.

      As for whether it’s possible to increase your score, yes, it is! Check out this video for more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LH3Eto8_gU

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  152. Dylan

    I just took the SAT’s and scored a 1630, but on all Of my practice tests I got in the 1900’s if not higher. Then I took the math diagnostic test and knew all the concepts. I know that my English sections are where I need to work, and luckily I have all summer. If you have any advice or anything that might help me study the English sections that would be great. Oh, I am striving for a perfect score, and the first time I took it I didn’t have time to study much. If you do have any advice, other than the program, because I am doing that, please e-mail me or message me back on here.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      When they release your score report, please send it to me so I can take a closer look at the breakdowns. You can email me by going to “Contact” in the nav bar.

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  153. Mirakava

    Hello! Thank you so much for sparing your time to read this! I’ve been preparing for SAT and I’m aiming at near-to-perfect score. Lamentably(here I am, trying to incorporate SAT words..), I’ll have one try only. So I was reading all available materials about the SAT. Finally, I ended up with a mess of rumours and ideas in my head.
    Now I have a bunch of quetions, if you could be so kind and answer them:
    1. Writing
    Is it true, that to get 11-12 score you need to write ~700 words? Shorter essay, superior in every other aspect, won’t get such a score by default.
    Does one really need to squeeze as many SAT words as possible in one essay? And what is your opinion on the idea that one doesn’t have to use a word precisely as long as it is advanced? Basically, just substitute every simple word with remote SAT synonym, write a lot (on topic) without any sophistication, and you are good to go.
    2. Reading comprehension
    How to learn words in the best, not the fastest way? Is there a real “ubiquitous SAT words list” ?
    Which way is the most effective?
    3. Math
    Unfortunately, practising a lot of math tasks does not prevent one from making ‘stupid’ mistakes(like a lost 1 or missed word in task). Is there a strategy to improve that, to practice attentiveness, so to say?
    For me, personally, it becomes catastrophic when I’m nervous(I feel calm and concentrated on the exam, but, alas, it’s just a feeling. In reality all the mistakes are mine). As a result, I have no chance of showing my skill on a test day.
    Thank you in advance.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Here we go!

      Writing: 700 words sounds like a lot, but certainly filling the two pages you’re given is pretty important for getting 10+.

      As for SAT Vocab, I do not recommend throwing fancy words in every other word. It reads terribly to any reasonably discerning reader. The SAT is looking for proper diction, i.e. word CHOICE – sometimes a fancy word is warranted, but many times simpler words are better. The key is making the right CHOICE. So I don’t recommend weighing down your prose with tons of vocabulary words. And yes, you want to make sure you’re using them correctly when you do use them.

      Reading: No shortcut here – the “best” way to learn SAT vocab is over time as you read, write, listen, and speak, but over the short term the only way to learn is flash cards. Commit to learning 10 words/day and over time (as long as the list is solid) you’ll make a dent. I’d start with my vocabulary list, focusing on Levels 1-3. These are the words that appear most often on SATs. http://reasonprep.com/sat-vocab-list/

      Math: Yes, one thing you can do is force yourself to underline key words in the text of the problem as you read it, especially tricky words like NOT, positive, integer, etc. As for tackling test anxiety, the most important thing you can do (besides solid prep) is to put yourself into testing conditions by taking full practice tests. You don’t have to do one every day or even every week – every other week or so is fine.

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  154. Marcella Anderson

    Hi! I took the SAT in October of my Junior Year and got a 1720, I am taking it again on Saturday and though i have been studying a bit, I have also been dealing with AP’s and extra curriculars. Is there any any last minute advice before i go into the test or quick study tips? also, how long would I have to apply myself towards studying in order to raise my school to the 1900-2000 range? Is it possible?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Here’s a video I made about studying for the SAT at the last minute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYVvSHM9KFA

      Going from 1700 to 1900-2000 is definitely possible. I can’t put a specific number of hours on that or anything, but if you spent the summer preparing, I’d like your chances. As for “is it possible,” check out the video at the top of the page for the answer to that one 🙂 Spoiler: Yes!

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  155. Anonymous

    Hey,

    My SAT test is this Saturday, and i’m a junior in high school. Within these two days, I really need at least 100 – 200 points increase. I’m usually hitting in the 1700 range, but i want to get at least a 1900 or higher. My math is excellent, as I am getting 750 and higher most of the time with 4 or fewer mistakes, but my writing and critical reading are killing my score.

    Any help is GREATLY appreciated!

    Thanks & Regards

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    • Rob
      Rob

      For this Saturday, I recommend checking out my Youtube channel & browsing the videos available on Grammar & Reading. Don’t spend too much time today cramming (especially if you lose sleep), but doing a basic overview of the material might help a bit. However, the only real way to improve is put in the time over the summer, so you should commit to doing a full study program over the summer months to prep you to crush the October test. When you have more time, I suggest starting with the Grammar Diagnostic Test and Grammar Bootcamp series (both available free on this site). For Reading, you could check out the sample Critical Reading Bootcamp videos and see if you like them. The majority of that series (and the videos overall) is located in the Members Area of the site.

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  156. Mondi

    Hi! I’m Mondi.
    I plan to take SAT in October this year. I’ve practiced by myself and scored around 1500. I want to increase my score to at least 1900. I know that it would be so hard. But i will study really hard to reach it. To be honest, I’m weak in CR and Writing as English is my second language. How do I improve my CR and writing? Is it possible that I will get 1900 by October?

    Thanks!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Yup, it’s possible with enough effort & work – check out the video at the top of this page for more info on this. As for how to improve CR & Writing, I’ve created whole video series showing how to do this, so it can’t be boiled down into a few quick bullet points. For Writing, start with the Grammar Diagnostic Test. For Reading, start with the Critical Reading Bootcamp. And make sure you do a practice section per day!

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  157. Hussam

    Hi! So i took the SAT this May and got a 1670 without any prep. i consider myself very achieving when it comes to academics and i am sure i have the commitment to push myself if needed. Basically i am trying to jump from 1670 to 2100+. i have a whole summer ahead of me and i’d like to retake the SAT two more times. I’d really appreciate your advice!

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  158. Megan

    Hello!
    I am a rising senior and I have taken the SAT twice and today I just found out that I got an 1850.
    At first I was extremely upset because I knew I would have to take it again for the third time to reach my score goal (2200+). I need the most help in math and CR and am not sure what test prep materials I need. Unfortunately taking a test prep course is not an option for me especially since I have already taken one in my school. I’m extremely motivated and have the entire summer to work on my worst areas, I just need a little guidance in regards to the test prep materials I should seek out. Thanks again for all the great information.

    My score breakdowns:
    Math-590
    CR-610
    Writing-650

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  159. Rachita

    Hello,
    I took the Sat for the first time on 6th June, 2015.
    I got a pretty low score of 1510.
    I got 540 in cr, 590-in maths and 380 in writing.
    Well I didn’t even prepare properly, didn’t even solved a single practice paper completely.
    I am planning to take the SAT again on 3rd October,2015.
    So can you please suggest me regarding how to go about and get a score of 2000+.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Well you know part of the answer – get studying ASAP! That’s step 1.

      Otherwise, follow the instructions in the Study Guide on this page, starting with 1700, 1800, and 1900. I know your ultimate goal is 2000+, but you have to work one step at a time. So begin with the Diagnostic Tests, then the Bootcamp series, etc. Also, feel free to send me your score report once it’s released & I can take a look at it for you.

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  160. Rick

    Hi I took SAT just now and I got 1400 🙁 which is quite below my expectations! I want to score a minimum of 1700 so pls help me to boost my score by 300! i scored around 1800-70 in practice tests from Blue book but idk what actually happened :(! I need work more on essay and RC

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    • Rob
      Rob

      It’s not unusual to score lower on the real test than on practice tests, especially if this is your first real test. Start by downloading the Study Guide for 1500 and 1600 on this page. I know your ultimate goal is higher, but you have to take it one step at a time. Start with the diagnostics & the Bootcamp series – these resources are available for free on my site.

      What do you mean by RC?

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  161. Aman

    Hey I am in 10 th standard right now and I want to give sat paper in the next year , so I want to know how to score 2250-2400 by the preparation in just 1 year , on which books should I focus ?

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  162. Priya

    Hello! I took the SAT May of 2015 and got a 1570. I wasn’t happy about this score at all, and it seems as if I tried everything. I went to a few test prep classes, and didn’t have much improvement. I have about 3 months until I have to take the next SAT and it would be amazing if I could improve a few hundred points. Please email me back. Thank you!

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  165. David

    Hello, I took my first SAT around May of my Junior year and I plan to take it again in October and possibly once again in November as a Senior. Currently I am in the middle of preparing for my November test as I am out of school for Summer. So in total I have around 1 and a half months left of intense preparation (study 2-3 hours a day every day) and around 1 and a half months of mild preparation (study around 1 hour a day) because at that point I will be in school. Now I scored a 2180 (800 CR, 760 M, 620 W, 8 essay). But I really need to raise that score to at least 2250. Now I am worried that my CR score won’t be as good because on my practice tests I usually score around 700-740 and sometimes worse on a bad day. I’m confident that my Math score could be maintained or improved, but what I’m worried about most is writing. On practice tests I generally score around 660-700 but I’ll need at least 760 to guarantee that. Now my question is what would be the best method to improve my writing scores significantly as well as maintain my CR and M scores? I’ve been studying for the past month and a half by completing a practice test every 3 days or so but my scores haven’t improved much at all.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Good news – Writing is the easiest section to improve! The issue you’re likely having is that you’re not approaching the grammar material in a systematic way – there are a lot of grammar rules & patterns that your probably not 100% comfortable with, so you need to learn those. I have a ton of free resources to help you with this. Start with the Grammar Diagnostic Test:

      http://reasonprep.com/grammar-diagnostic-test/

      And then work through the Grammar Bootcamp:

      http://reasonprep.com/sat-grammar-bootcamp/

      After you do all this, begin practicing again, and spend time trying to categorize all the questions according to the errors discussed in the Bootcamp. Good luck!

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  166. Edward

    Hey,

    On my first official SAT exam that I took in December 2014, I got a 1660. 530 Reading, 610 Math, and 520 Writing. I’ve been studying since July 2015 for the SAT that I will be taking in October 2015. So far I have taken 4 full-length practice tests from the College Board Blue Book, and I have consistently gotten scores in the 1950s. My ultimate highest scores for each category out of the four tests I have taken so far are: 670 Reading, 650 Math, and 670 Writing. However, reading and math seem to be my weakest categories, as I only miss 5-6 questions in the writing section. I want to reach 2000+, and I feel that this goal is very reasonable as I am nearly there. I understand to reach a 2000, it is a matter of a few questions. I’m struggling in the hard sections of math and some critical reading areas. Any tips? I have the Blue Book and the Princeton How to Crack the SAT 2015. Please email me at: edwardhan1997@gmail.com
    Thanks!!

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  167. Waqqar

    Hi, I took 1 SAT, for which I prepared for for a total of 4-8 hours (there was a lot of playing around involved when I was “studying.”) On that SAT I got 560 on W section (6 on the essay,) 570 on the R sec, and 680 on the M section. I have roughly 2 months to study, can I improve my score to a 2250+. I talked to a friend about your program and he strongly recommended it for me, any feedback/thoughts would be appreciated.

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  168. Parth

    hey I took sat once and got a score of 1480 and now I’m giving again in October. This time I want 1800+ please guide me!!

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  169. Mohamed ehab

    Hello Rob,im an international student and i took my SAT ” the uncounted trial”as a grade10 student and got a 1410 500/M 460/writing 450/reading iv only actually studied for the writing part and i was devastated with my scores….but i was ok with the other scores as a start ….im goaling for a 650/M 630/Writing 550/R

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Sounds like a plan – note that the SAT is changing this year, so you’ll only have the October, November, December, and January tests for the old SAT, so time to get studying ASAP!

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  170. Mohamed ehab

    well Rob actually…in my country i only got october and december in my country, and my question was more like….do you think i can achieve it? and what can you advise me, my college choice seriously depends on it

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Oh well then you have even fewer chances then – yes, you can absolutely reach those goals. They are realistic as long as you put in the time. As for specifics on what to do, that’s what this site is for – go to the home page and start with the SAT Quick Start Guide.

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  171. f A

    Im going to senior year with a score of 1680, I need 1950 at least. Any suggestions?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Absolutely – I offer a ton of information on this page in the Study Guides & in the videos available on this site & in my Youtube channel. Go to the home page of the site & check out the Quick Start Guide to get started. And that’s the key – start! You should be studying every day from now until the October test, 1.5 – 3hrs/day. Let me know if you have any specific questions!

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  172. Sid

    Hi! I recently took the SAT and managed a 1850. I will be giving the SAT again on 7 November (India). I want to improve my score to get a 2300+. On analysis, I found. Many errors in my essay. Please give me some tips to improve my essay.

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  173. alisa

    i was really worried about my sat exam in oct 15..i wanna get 2400 marks to get scholarship…
    n luckily i found this website n really thankful who wrote this… i get a way to reach my goal… thanks… keep helping…. 🙂 best of luck

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  174. prath

    Hi, so I wrote the SAT in June and I scored 1410. I’m writing it again in October and I’m really worried because every time I write a practice test I’m not able to score more than 1500 and it’s getting frustrating. Could you give me any suggestions on practicing and scoring in all the three sections?
    Thanks!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      That’s a pretty huge question and one that I can’t easily (or briefly) answer in this comment. However, I do offer a ton of tips, videos, and articles throughout this site & my Youtube channel that will help you improve your scores, so start with the info on this page (and the Quick Start Guide on the home page), and let me know if you have any specific questions on the material or your practice regimen!

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  175. Beshoy Eskarous

    Hi there. i took my first SAT in the spring of my junior year and got a 1910. 680 Reading, 590 Math, 640 Writing and 10 on the essay
    I didn’t study at all for the test, but am planning on taking it fall of senior year (which I am currently in) on Oct. 3
    This gives me a little over a month to study. My goal is to make it into the 2000 range, preferably 2100-2200. My math score needs the most focus most of all, especially since I am considering applying to Cal Poly SLO for engineering. Would appreciate any advice, thanks!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      You’ve got a great baseline to work from, especially since you haven’t studied much yet. But you’ll need to study hard to hit your potential, so start ASAP! Grab the Study Guide for 2000, 2100, and 2200 on this page, and also check out the other resources in the Quick Start Guide (see the homepage). For the math, focus on the hard questions (the last third of each section) since that’s likely where you’re missing most of your points.

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  176. Sarah

    Hello! I took the PSAT sophomore year scored 131 then junior year and scored a 171. I took the sat in June and received a 1880. I’ve been studying my butt off for math (now in the early 700 range) and am also in the 700 range for writing. Do you have any good tips for critical reading (I’m like 570-650 range). Also, do you think it’s possible for me to score in the 2000s when I take the sat again this October? I’ve been studying 24/7 for the sat this summer. Also, I’ve done EVERYTHING to try to increase my CR score- reading articles, newspapers, 2000+ vocab, etc. but my score won’t go up!! 🙁 Id really appreciate your help! 🙂

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Yes, it’s definitely possible to improve! You’ve done a great job so far. The best way to improve on CR is actually to do CR sections – reading articles, etc. won’t really help in the short-term. It’s a great habit over the long term, but it won’t really help to improve on SAT Reading. What have you done in terms of practice for CR (# of practice sections, tests, the source of those tests, etc.). Feel free to email me directly.

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  177. Noor Siddiqui

    Hey!
    I just found your website online, and my goal is a 2000 at least. I took the the SAT already and I scored a 1720. The first time I took the SAT I scored a 1550, and then I took a Princeton Review course and jumped to a 1720. My goal is a 2000 and i’m really stressed because I don’t know if I can jump 280 points at the very least. How long and how much prep per day do you think I would need to put in, in order to score a 2000?

    Please help 🙂

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    • Rob
      Rob

      I’m not sure when you’re planning on taking the test next, but I recommend at least 1.5 hrs per day, 6 days per week until the test. If you can do TWO 1.5 hour sessions per day (so 3 hrs total), that’s even better. But the key is to be consistent – one solid session per day over the next few weeks/months is the ticket to boosting your score another few hundred points.

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  178. Tergel

    Hello I’ve been practicing for SAT for a long time. I’ve been studying English as my second language and haven’t improved much since I’ve started practicing for the SAT. Generally/consistently I’ve been getting 1500-1600 on full practice tests and my method of reviewing is as it follows: write all alien words of CR form the 3 sections of the full test, review writing as if i think i’m reviewing it (still, I don’t think i’m doing enough) and as for the math sections, I review it thoroughly with half full understanding. For math, I don’t have much of a worry because I’ve been having classes for it, so it can be improved, but as for CR and Writing, I’m completely tangled in confusion. How can I effectively improve my CR and Writing in less than a month? How can I at LEAST get a 1750-1800 (max) score on October’s SAT. I’m really freaking out because I’ve done numerous amount of practice tests…

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    • Rob
      Rob

      For Writing, make sure you’re learning the specific rules & patterns that are repeatedly tested on the SAT – check out my Grammar Diagnostic Test & Grammar Bootcamp series.

      As for Reading, are you reviewing your Passage questions? Vocabulary really isn’t the main reason your score is in the 500 region for Reading. So make sure you’re reviewing every single passage question (right or wrong) and every single answer choice after you’ve completed the section so that you can make sure you fully understand each question.

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  179. Sanju Baral

    Hello,
    I gave my previous SAT in May, which scored 1820( 580R, 630M. 610W). While I gave the test, I mostly toiled with Vocabs, Maths formulas and grammar rules. I want to know the tactics of improving reading skills! And where do I find those 15 Grammar rules?
    For Maths section, what are the basics that I SHOULD know? Besides basics, tell anything that I need to practice.
    My next SAT is on Nov 7! A month away!

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  180. Mohit

    hey.. I have taken the SAT this October just for an experience about how the exams go by. the main target will be in the Jan SAT 2016.. I have been perpetually been scoring around 1500 in practice tests which is way below average.. But the only good part is that my essay score is very consistent (8.5-10)…. I nail all my easy and medium math questions and I miss my marks in the harder questions…
    I have a weakness in Reading especially on how to go about with the difficult words and the passages… Im improving on my writing sections but I fear my crictical reading section…. I would love to hear your reply from my comment..
    i know there are only less than 3 months remaining until the SAT in January… i will put in my best effort in achieving a 2000+ score…
    thanks/regards .

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Please contact me directly for more info and please let me know about the breakdown of your scores – a 1500 could mean a lot of different things, but it sounds like that your Math is significantly better than your other scores. So let me know your typical breakdown, and definitely let me know what you get on the October test. Also, how do you know that your essay is consistently in the 8-10 range? Has someone scored it for you?

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  181. Nwaukwa Marcel

    I’m having critical reading problems, expecially passage based questions & I’m taking the SAT in the next 3 months I’m currently on a 1500.. & 400 on the critical reading section.. Please, I need help?? 😨

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  182. Noor

    Hey…I just had my october result.How can I improve my score from a 1730 to a +2100.I started studying for my sat six weeks before the final test.I worked really hard and did around 14 daignostic test and learned more than 600 vocabulary words within that time.English isn’t my native language so I have experienced a lot of problem when attempting Cr and writing.One of the major problem is time management.I often fail to complete my Cr and writing sections as it takes time for me to understand those passages.How can I improve??Plz help as dec 2015 is going to be my second and last time I will give it.I still have six weeks and Ireally want to improve.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Your first step is to get your 1700 to a 1900 – I don’t know what your breakdown is, so I can’t tell you how your CR/M/W scores should look, but focus on getting to 1900 – this means you should focus on easy & medium problems. If you are spending time on hard questions right now, it’s not time well spent until you can clean up on the easy & mediums.

      Good to hear that you did 14 diagnostic tests! However, did you go over every single problem from every single test? The real learning comes from the process of review, not from taking the tests itself. If you don’t review carefully & find out your weak points, you’ll just be practicing the same bad habits & mistakes without realizing. So work on fewer tests but spend more time reviewing them.

      Otherwise, browse my site and Youtube channel for plenty of videos & articles on how to bump up your SAT scores.

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  183. Nihal

    I am currenty scoring 1900 to 2000 on the SAT with my scores fluctuating. I have the exam on November 7th which is in less than 2 weeks. I obviously know that I can’t score full marks but all I want to know is how to have a score always above 2000. I’m aiming for anything above 2100 but if all else fails anything starting with 2 is fine for me. Any advice?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      It’s hard to give advice on this without knowing the breakdown of your score – a 2000 could mean a lot of different things depending on how the CR, M, and W break down. The most important thing I can say for now is to make sure you’re not making avoidable mistakes with easy & medium questions. There are likely quite a few E&M questions that you can improve on, and that should be enough to push you 2000+.

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  184. D.T

    Hey Rob on the guide it says
    1. Take practice section & evaluate current score level w/ Progress Tracker.
    Where do I find the practice section?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      You can find practice sections in the four tests available for download on my site: http://reasonprep.com/practice-sats/

      Or in the SAT “Blue Book” (Official Study Guide). Just pick any of the Math, Reading, or Writing sections to complete and enter into the Progress Tracker. You should only use REAL SATs for practice sections – don’t use third-party books like Barron’s, Princeton Review, Kaplan, etc.

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  185. Indah

    Hello, i just got my sat scores last week and i got a 1420, im in my senior year and im planning on taking it again in december.. do you think i could increase my score to a 1600+ in a month ? if so what kind of study plans im looking at ? also english is kind of my second language so i dont have a very strong vocabulary base, is there a way i can familiarize myself with the vocabs fast? Pleasee helpp i am so confused into what i should do!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Sure, that’s a definite goal.

      Download the Study Guide for 1500 & 1600 to get you started. You’ll want to hit all three sections. There’s a bunch of free content (diagnostic tests & video series) available on this site, especially for Math & Writing.

      Download my Vocab List & start learning Levels 1-3 – that should provide you with a solid foundation of vocab.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  186. Anuska

    Hi,
    I actually took my SAT on October and I landed up getting 1700. I am self practicing and I am thinking of giving my SAT again on Jan 23 rd,2016 . To be true, while I gave few mock tests before the actual SAT I got 1900 or 1850. So, the SAT result was super depressing. My aim is to get above 2200. I almost have 75 days left. Is it possible to get to my goal within this time frame?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      It is possible, but it will certainly be a challenge. Since you haven’t prepped that much, there’s a good chance that starting on preparation can give you some quick gains. Whether or not you can reach the ultimate goal of 2200 isn’t certain, but it is absolutely certain that you won’t get anywhere near 2200 if you don’t put in the preparation time over the next 75 days. Let me know if you have any additional questions!

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  187. Anuska

    Thanqu Rob,
    ur words mean a lot at this point of time. Actually, this might sound stupid but my hands literally started shaking while writing my essay and what more, I even forgot how 2 calculate the average for a while. So, can you suggest me on how can I stop panicking during the test? I think if I could stop panicking ,I will be capable of giving the test with best of my abilities.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      The best way to lower your anxiety is to make sure you’re well prepared. If you are super familiar with the test, the material, and the best strategies, you’ll be more comfortable knowing that you’re reading to tackle anything the SAT throws at you.

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  188. Abishek Dhakal

    Hi Rob. Its glad to see pages like yours for students studying for SAT. I took my first SAT in November 7, 2015. The scores are not out yet but soon will be. The truth is I did not really prepare that well for my SAT. and i know i have messed up with my first test. Most probably, i will end up getting around 1400. I am kind of frustrated now. I have registered for another SAT for January 23 so i have 2 months of time to prepare. I do not really know how to start now. I want to score 2000+ in my second attempt. I am completely free these 2 months and can give about all day studying for my SAT, all i need is an schedule. I really want to get at least 1300+ in my CR+M section. I am pretty good in maths and usually get around 650 in practice. But my reading is more then worse. No matter how hard i try i end up getting merely 450. Its really depressing. I was hoping you could help me out with the 2 months schedule and suggest me some books, I already have the official guide, the princeton review and have access to other books through the library. I know 2 months is not that long but i need to reach my goal. You can reply me in my email address. i will be more than happy to receive emails from you. My email address is abishekdhakal45@gmail.com

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  189. Ayush Syal

    Hi. I just gave my first SAT and quite evidently failed to get good in CR. I am pretty sure i can be good in WR and Maths section in my next Test , but a thought of CR hurts me. Especially The Double passages. I have almost 2 months for preparation. How should i go about it ? Thanks Alot ! 🙂

    Edit: I got 500 in CR !

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  190. Mannika

    I took the SAT in june and got 1710(R:490; W-530; M-690). I took it again in November and got 2020 ( R-590; W-670; M-760). I want to take it again in January and I want 2130+.How should I work to achieve my target?

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Focus on Reading most of all, especially your passages and a little vocabulary work. Your goal is to get approx 650.

      Focus as well on the remaining grammar rules/questions that are holding you back from 700+. I’m not sure what your essay score was, but if it’s a 9 or lower, you will also want to do some work to improve your essay to 10+.

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  191. Eliasha

    Hello! Your vids are amazing by the way and I’ve been self-studying my way through the SATs. For my Sat Oct 2015 I received 1710 (540 CR, 610 Math, 560 Writing), ideally I would like to jump 300-400 pts higher into the 2100 range for this upcoming Sat Dec 2015. So far, I’ve done 4 practice tests from the official blue book and only getting scores like 1780-1860 (550-590 CR, 620-700 Math, 580-620 Writing) , is it a must to complete all the 10 practice tests in the blue book? I will be watching your bootcamp vids to get to the bottom of my weaknesses and solve it hehe, but within this short frame of time prior to the test, what would you advise me to do to ensure I would hit my target? Thank you!

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    • Rob
      Rob

      Unfortunately that’s a pretty quick turnaround to gain 400 points or so, but I can recommend to focus on:

      1) Reading Passages
      2) Grammar multiple choice
      3) Hard math problems

      to get the most benefit for the study time that you have. Going through all 10 tests isn’t necessarily required as long as you’re carefully reviewing every single question (right, wrong, or omitted) after completing the practice test – that’s where you learn the most!

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  192. Andrea

    I have a 1120 on my SATS and I need a 1500 so some colleges could consider me what should I do ( this is my second try ).

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  193. Aysoltan

    hello. i will take my 1st sat exam in january. but i am not ready. my math is good ( 680-690) but my c.reading is bad. And i don’t know english well. i want to improve but how. i can’t watch your videos because of my country’s internet is very very weak then i can’t watch tutorial videos. and i have been learning 20-30 sat words daily but i am worried if this words which i have learned will not come. Which words do you suggest me? i haven’t got any time please help me. I want to take 800 math,600 c.reading and 600 writing but my c.reading is very very baddddd.
    my questions:
    1.how can up my c.reading score for 600 points
    2.how can i watch your videos i want to so much to watch
    3.which sat words do you suggest me to learn.
    4.how can up my math score for 800 points

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  194. Janmay

    In my practice tests, I score around 780-800 in Math, but my score gets bottlenecked, as I only manage to get 600 each on reading and writing. I need to focus on my vocab. Any other tips ?

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  195. Nisheet

    Hi! I have my SAT on 23rd Jan. 8 days from now. I watched your free videos for 2 days before exam last time and improved by 110 Points (That time also i started studying like 4-5 days before the test).

    Perhaps it’s too late to sign up, but i think i can use your videos. Probably work for 5+ Hours a day and do something about it. I am signing up for the SAT only course (97$ one).

    My score was 1670 (May 2014). I want to touch 1900+ ish in this one and i know it’s possible. Please guide me in whatever way you can. Looking forward to your reply.

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    • Rob
      Rob

      I wouldn’t say it’s too late – even though there’s a little more than a week left, you can still focus your efforts on the most important videos/topics to maximize your chances at increasing your scores. When you sign up, email me and I’ll tell you which videos to focus on!

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  196. Zulfizar

    Ful ride sholarship is available for internatinal students? İf ı have really good sat score

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      It’s possible, though I don’t know much about international admissions. Having an excellent (1500+) SAT score would likely be a good start, though!

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  197. Jacinth Culmer

    Help me, I had a 950 on my latest sat score. And I want to improve or I won’t get into a good college.

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  198. Shwetha sekar

    Hi
    I Am currently scoring around 1420-1450 on the SAT. What steps do I need to take to get to a 1600? I am planning on taking the October test. I started studying for 3 weeks and my score has improved from a 1320 to a 1420-1450.
    How do I improve and eliminate silly mistakes

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  199. Alazar

    Hello Rob,
    I took the SAT this June and received a score of 1450 (M: 750 R: 37 W: 33) after studying for two weeks. I know this is already well above average, but it is not high enough for the top schools I am aiming for. I am planning on retaking the exam in November for a 1560 or higher and I can put out at least 20 hours a week until the exam. I am naturally stronger in math so I probably only have to learn to eliminate careless mistakes and finish ahead of time to recheck my answers, but my reading and writing — especially writing — need some work. There aren’t as many practice materials for the writing section of the new SAT and I figured I can not use the old SAT materials since this specific section has changed drastically in the realms of both format and content. Which practice materials do you advise me to use so that I can drill my weaknesses through multiple, high-quality practice questions and also learn the contents? As for the reading I am planning to practice with old SAT exams along with the four official New SAT practice tests and Erica L. Meltzer. And also, do you think a 1560+ is feasible considering the amount of time I have put out to study, or am I just having lofty, unrealistic dreams?
    Thank you for your time,

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Given your current scores & their breakdown, I do think getting 1550 or higher is reasonable, assuming you can get to ~800 Math. The Reading score is quite strong which is good news given that Reading is usually hardest to improve. The Writing score is the easiest of the three to improve, so I definitely think you can get that to 38+ with time. The resources you mention already are good. I also recommend using ACT English tests to help you prep for SAT Writing. They are very similar, so you can get a lot of extra practice with those. Your Reading resources sound good – I’d stick with real SAT Reading tests (even old SAT) because the style of question is so specific to the SAT. Just note that the old SAT will use harder vocab than you’ll see on the new version.

      I also recommend my courses, especially for Reading & Writing. You can learn more about them here: http://members.reasonprep.com/courses/all-sat-courses

      Let me know if you have any questions!

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  200. Hosea Belton

    Thanks for the wonderful advice! I have two months to study. Do you think I’ll be able to move from a 1190 to 1600 with 3-4 hrs of hard/focused practice each day?

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