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How to Achieve From 1000 to 1600 on the SAT

To start your journey from 1000 to 1600, here are some resources to get you started:

SAT Quickstart – Learn 10 powerful strategies for SAT success in this short course.

Practice SATs – 6 complete, real practice SATs released by the College Board.

SAT Downloads – SAT Vocabulary List & Grammar Diagnostic Test.

Once you have your resources, you need the right strategy. Beating the 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, an 1100 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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705 comments on “How to Achieve From 1000 to 1600 on the SAT”

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    Akash Krishna T

    Hi,
    I already score good in math section like 770 range.
    But my english section is not good (580 to 620) how can i improve this to near 800

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    Joe Sternbauer

    My son has been struggling on improving his SAT score for several months. He has been doing online tutoring for nine months and has gained 200 points. Going from an 810 to a 1010 is an accomplishment however he still needs to jump another 200-300 points by November. He has two study sessions a week with his tutor (that’s all I can afford) and spends his time throughout the week doing practice problems. He is a very dedicated student but I do not know how else I can get him to improve his score. I have purchased practice books, flash cards, etc. He has taken the SAT six times so far but refuses to submit any of the scores to schools out of embarrassment since he knows they are so low. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

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    Ankita Naik

    I am appearing for the September 26 Sat. I previously scored 1150. What all things I have to raise my score upto 1400.

    Reply
    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      This will be very difficult to do in a few weeks — your best bet is to do as many timed practice sections as possible between now & then and review your answers thoroughly. This is the most important part — you want to understand your mistakes so that you don’t make them again on future tests.

      Reply
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    Viprav Lipare

    I have been trying to get better scores on the SAT, and I have also started study a lot more regularly. I am kind of on a study schedule, but no really. I study a lot but I still don’t see many improvements in my scores, so is there anything I can do to improve my scores from a 1300 to a 1500. I am really good at math, but I am not very good at reading or writing. I do good on one of the sections but fail on the other. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to get better scores,

    Thanks,
    Viprav

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    Maya

    Hi! So, I took the PSAT in either September or October 2019 at the beginning of my 9th-grade year, and I received an 1130. I have ADHD but have good grades, so my extra time doesn’t qualify for College Board. Therefore, I knew I would need more time to prepare, as time management is a huge issue, and I can never finish standardized tests. I took a practice SAT in June and got an 1170. I’m really hoping to be able to take the SAT before my junior year to relieve some of my stress but am willing to study until then if needed. I’m really motivated, stand out in grades and extracurriculars, and want to apply to competitive/elite colleges with a 1420-1500. Is this possible? I signed up for Khan Academy and a free zoom course. Do you recommend getting a tutor or what books/resources do you recommend? What else will I need to do in order to get this 300 point increase?

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    Annabel

    Hello, I have a big problem with the SAT . Now , I have approximately one month and half to take my SAT for the first time , it will be in August . My current score is in 1200s ( approximately 700 math , 520-550 Reading and writing) ,and I study everyday for many hours ( approximately more than 7 or 8 hours a day ) .My main problem that my score doesn’t improve . But Frankly , my target score is 1600 because I wanna get a full scholarship to get in Harvard to study medicine there , but I wanna know how can I solve my problem. As I mentioned before I can study for a long time. But I wanna rise my score by any method.

    So , please help me quickly because time is not in my hand .

    Reply
    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Hello! Email me directly & tell me the answer to a few questions:

      1) What grade are you going into?
      2) What do you do during your 7-8 hour study sessions?
      3) Do you have more chances to take the SAT beyond August?

      You can contact me here:

      https://reasonprep.com/contact/

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        Annabel

        Sorry, I tried to contact but I can’t,so I will answer here . I am going into grade 11 . In my 7-8 hours of study, I study on khan academy, I tried to answer many questions on it and to read the explanation of the wrong answers to benefit from it .I try many books to study from it like (Erica ,panda , Princeton,…….etc. ) .
        Yes , I have other chances to take the SAT ,but I think because of covid-19 many trials will canceled. I registered the trials of August,September , and October. But I wanna achieve my score in September because I think my first two scores will be the only scores that I can take a full scholarship with it .

      • Robert Schombs
        Robert Schombs

        Make sure you’re using real practice sections & tests in your practice. If you haven’t already, check out my study plan for tips on how to build the best plan:

        http://members.reasonprep.com/p/your-sat-act-study-plan

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    Akash Krishna T

    Hi.as I stated my situation below.I would like to add some more info about me and my test results.
    First of all I have never took an actual SAT test ,the only experience that I have with SAT is through Khan Academy.
    I also have never before prepared specifically for SAT (as SAT isn’t a priority for the majority here and many of them don’t even know that it exists)
    But I am good at math and love english.
    In the latest practice test as I mentioned below i got a 600 in reading and Writing and a 740 in maths.i lost the most in reading and then writing.
    I would really like to get that perfect score.
    I can devote more than 9 hours per day but I am not doing so because I don’t have correct prep plan. The schedule in Khan Academy is great but it only offers you 120 questions per day as a task .I can do more but I don’t want to exhaust the question and get repeated questions to solve .so I need another supplementary plan.
    My primary aim is to get into Duke University as a Karsh Scholar ,as i am an international student from India.

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Sounds like you’ve done a great job so far, well done!

      Check out our Study Plan course for more tips:

      http://members.reasonprep.com/p/your-sat-act-study-plan

      In general, I don’t think you should study 9 hrs per day. 4-5 is best MAXIMUM because you’ll be too tired to get much out of any hours after that (especially if you are studying with 100% concentration). If you haven’t already, make sure you add real tests & real timed sections to your work. Khan is good for extra review, but you want to incorporate real timed sections into your plan. You can use the tests they offer on Khan; check the SAT Subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/Sat/) for additional tests.

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    Akash Krishna T

    At my first mock test I got 1190.then I signed up at KHAN Academy.in the second test I got 1230.and after that I jumped to 1340. this is my present score in the Khan academy official practice test.i got 3 months for my actual test because of the current situation in my country (covid in india).Can I get the perfect score or close to it.What should I do?As I said before I am from India and have completed my 12 grade .so my only thing to do now is preparing for SAT. Could anyone guide me?

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    Sona

    Hi.Yesterday I did practice test from Khan Academy and gained 1170(620-Math; 550- Reading and Writing). My weakest point is Reading(26 correct out of 52).I am really disappointed about it. First time when I did practice test, I gained 990(540- Math; 450- Reading and Writing). It was about 2 months ago. My aim is 1500 and above and I want to achieve it within a month. Is it possible? Can you give me tips or strategies about how to improve? Thanks, in advance. Stay safe, stay healthy…

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Going from 1170 to 1500 in one month will be very difficult. The best thing to do is focus your improvement in stages — right now, focus your practice on breaking 1250. Once you can do that consistently, target 1350, and so on. Jumping from 1170 to 1500 in one chunk is probably not realistic, but you can more likely get there in stages.

      As for additional tips, that’s what we cover in these articles, videos, courses, etc. So browse this site + Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/c/BrilliantPrep) for more info!

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    Rawan

    Hello! My name is Rawan and I’m from Egypt. I’m a freshman (9th grade) and I took one of the SATs published by the college board and corrected it (they had a guide on how to do that so it was easy). Anyways, I scored a total of 1070 (54o for English and 510 for math) I’m not sure if it’s a good grade or not, and I’m aiming for a score between 1400-1500 by senior year. Keep in mind I didn’t study at all for this test and took it after a long break from school.

    Also, I have another question:
    My main issue was that I was tired by the end but the questions were getting harder. Is it okay if I start with the hard question (last ones) first when I am not tired?

    Thank you!

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      That’s a good score for a 9th grader! Keep up the consistent practice and you’ll be on your way to a solid score.

      In general, I don’t recommend doing hard questions first because if you spend too much time & energy on them, you might have to rush through & guess on the easy questions. Knock out the easy questions first, then worry about the hard ones. Over time, you’ll get stronger on the test as a whole, so you should be able to manage all the questions no matter the difficulty.

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    Hayden Wilcox

    Hello there!

    I’ve been looking a lot online lately for some help because my test is in 11 days from now. I’ve been studying for nearly 3 months on Khan Academy, and have taken two full practices tests and they have both come up as 1090. I’ve been aiming for a 1300 at least and I just feel lost at this point and wonder if this can be done. The school I want to get in as an average of 1270-1310. I’ve spent A LOT of time on KA and just don’t know what to do anymore because I haven’t seen much progress. Any ideas, please?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Do more timed practice sections. Review your answers thoroughly. KA is good for targeted practice, but it can limit your growth since the real test won’t tell you what topic the question is before you do it. In KA, however, you’ll “know” you’re doing Subject-Verb Agreement questions, for example, before you start doing them, and this can make the questions easier to complete compared to what you’ll face on the real thing.

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    G

    Hi, I took the PSAT last November and I got almost a 1200. I am aiming for a 1510+ on the SAT. Is it possible if I want to take it on next June?

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    MIRZA

    Hello Sir,
    I got a 910 on my PRE-SAT, I have about 100 days to prepare and I’m aiming for a 1500+ so, please tell me what I need to do?

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    Mahek Srivastava

    Hey!
    Thank you so much for such helpful guidance.
    I had a question. I have my SAT on 7 December 2019. And due to some personal issues, I was not able to prepare for it. Now, I have 2-3 days in hands. What should I do?
    I have appeared for SAT earlier also. This is my second attempt. I scored 1140 (I know quite less) and I am aiming for 1540. So should I delay my SAT by May 2, 2020?
    Please guide me on this issue.
    Thank You.

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    prince muchindu

    Hi, I will be sitting for the SAT exams with essay for the first time next year, you n 14/03/2020.And my main aim is to score a 1200.So if I start practicing now, till March, is it possible to score the target or even more??

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    Miles

    I got a 1070 on a practice SAT, and I really want to get at least a 1500, but I just don’t understand a lot of the math. How can I improve on that skill? Please help, cause I have to take the SAT in December, which is next month.

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Given the time remaining, it will be extremely difficult to hit that goal by the December test. Will you have another chance at the test after December? Either way, you can definitely improve between now & then, so it shouldn’t change your study plans at all. If you need deep review of the Math concepts on the test, I would recommend working through Khan Academy in detail (Algebra 1, 2, Geometry, etc.)

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    Iwalewa

    Hi, I’m taking the SAT again. My strong point is the math but I’m pretty weak in english. I want
    to achieve a 1500 to 1600 score and I’d like to know the best way possible to achieve that.

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    Sagar

    I am wiling to take SAT on May 2020.My target is to score 1500.can i get a schedule or can someone guide me?I am strong in Maths but weak in English sections.I gave a SAT mock test without ant preparation and was able to score 1210.I would highly appreciate the response.
    Thanks

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    Connie

    Is it possible to go from 1060 to 1450 in a month if I practice every day?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      It’s possible, but it’s also quite likely that you’ll see a solid increase of some kind with that kind of schedule. So it’s worth trying either way!

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    Annanya

    Hi! I took the SAT this year’s March and scored a 1230 but I am retaking it this October aiming for a 1400. Is it possible with 30 hours of prep before October 5th? It will be my last try because I am a senior so any advice will be very helpful!

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      While I can’t specify the exact # of hours required, yes, it’s possible to go from 1230 to 1400 in this time frame. It will require consistent & some luck. Is there a possibility you could also get a shot at the test in November or December? This would greatly increase the chances of hitting that score.

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      Ing

      I got SAT 960 in May (first time, without preparing anything, just want to try the test.) I hope my score raise up 500+😭😭I’m going to take the test again in Dec. lucky me I found your blog.❤️

      Reply
      • Robert Schombs
        Robert Schombs

        Welcome, and good luck!

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        Vinh

        My daughter (14 years old) tried all the tests on Khanacademy. The first test was in Feb 2020 and she scored 1190(M 580; RW610). Her scores improved through each test and she scored 1460 (M 690, RW 770) in April. She also tried Maths 2 and achieved 700.

        Do you think i should enroll her for the real SAT test at the end of the year and then focus on something else rather tests

        Thanks

      • Robert Schombs
        Robert Schombs

        I definitely think she should take a real test soon, but the decision to move on to other things will depend on the actual result. Sometimes the score on the first real test differs significantly from practice test scores, a gap that is often closed by subsequent retests.

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    Saloni

    Hi, I am taking the SAT in October and I want to improve my points by a 140 in both sections of the SAT. So how can I prep efficiently?

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    Amir

    Hi My Name Is Amir.
    My First Language Isn’t English, And I’m Not Very Good At Reading & Writing Sections. I recently scored 1100 (500 Language – 600 Math ) Without just two month practicing, considering my nationality, I’m wondering that is it possible to get a score like 1350+ in 20 Days With 13 hours study each day (about 260 hours total)? I will be so thankful for your respond.

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Hmm that would definitely be a tough push, but worth a try if this is the last chance you have to take the test. Any chance to take the test (again) at a later date?

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    Carrie

    Hello! Just happened upon your site…thank you! I’m searching for the answer to a question and I’m having trouble finding a concise answer. My son has extremely poor reading comprehension, so even understanding the questions on the SAT can be a challenge for him. We homeschool (he is a senior and the fourth of five kids) and both he and I have admittedly, procrastinated his taking of THE TEST. We have no more time to waste. The college he will likely attend will not require an exceptional score, but he still needs to perform well. I’m wondering what you mean by “easy” and “medium” difficult questions and how he decides whether to spend time on a question or move on. And is it better to omit an answer to the question or to guess? It seems it would be better to guess, as there is a possibility of a correct guess. Skipping would leave no opportunity for guessing correctly. Is this right thinking? Thanks for any insight!

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      First, the easy to answer question: always guess, never omit. No harm in guessing at all, only upside! (There is no -1/4 penalty for wrong answers like there used to be.)

      For Reading, it’s tough identifying easy & medium questions at first glance because there’s no order of difficulty. There are some general trends: line reference questions are typically the easiest (questions that refer to a specific set of lines), graph & figure are ususally pretty simple, and sometimes the Two-Part Questions (Command of Evidence) are pretty simple. Hard questions typically include inference & general/main idea questions. However, these are just general trends, so any given question can be easy or hard. In that case, I recommend students be very aggressive in skipping questions — circling them and returning to them later, if time permits — if they find that the question (or passage) is very difficult for them. This will allow them to maximize their time on the doable questions & limit time spent chasing tough points.

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    Kayla Mair

    Hello my name is Kayla and on my PSAT i got a 930.I take my official SAT test in October i was wondering if there is anyway to improve by at least 200 points in a month?

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    Mariam Abd-El-Aziz

    Hello, my name is Mariam and I’m from Egypt.
    My last trial on March I got 1010. In the reading I got 16 out of 52 , in the writting I got 25 out of 44 , and in maths I got 35 out of 58.
    So, I was wondering if I can get 1400+ in the next trial on October

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    Namuli

    Hi, my name is Namuli, sorry for my bad English: I’m italian.
    There is something that sounds me strange, in my SAT’s I got 35 out of 52 in the reading section, 36/44 in the writing and 43/58 in math, but I only scored 1160. Is it possible? I’m sooo disappointed! My goal is 1350.

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Did you take the May International test? If so, that’s unfortunately not out of line for that exam, which had a very harsh curve. But keep up the prep & a 1350 is definitely achievable!

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    Melanie Jacobs

    Im a junior and I got an SAT score of 1210 but my goal is 1460. I didn’t study for my SAT, idiotically. My next SAT is October, is a 1460 possible?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Absolutely! It’s an aggressive goal but definitely worth shooting for, especially if you put in the time & effort over the summer.

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    Tejas yalamanchili

    Hi my name is tejas and I am from India and I just finished my 10 grade. Well, I got a 1350 on my second mock test that was prescribed by the college board. Can you please give me a few tips on how to increase my sat score to 1500+

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Unfortunately it’s not as simple as a few tips to increase a score from 1350 to 1500; it depends on the breakdown of the score, what issues you’re having, etc. I recommend checking out the courses & articles on this site for advice on how to improve on all three sections!

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      Kate

      Hi so I just to the recent SAT in August and I know that the curve was brutal but I have been studying so hard for this and I really want to get into my dream school but the SAT is the one thing holding me back I got a 620 on Math but a 550 on Reading I feel I should practice more but any advice to get to the 1430

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    Keaka Kamakea

    Sorry but another question I have to ask is can I obtain at above a 1300 on Sat by studying 10 days going off of a 10 day cramming schedule?

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    Keaka Kamakea

    Is it possible to achieve a 1550 by studying for about 2 and a half months in the summer all the way to August until test date (everyday commitment)? I’m a junior by the way right now.

    Reply
    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Sure, it’s possible. How possible depends on your starting score. The more points you have to get, the harder it will be. Either way, though, no reason not to try!

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    Gabrielle Nguyen

    My name is Gabrielle Nguyen, currently in 10 grade with a very comparative high school in Florida. My GPA maintained 4.9 with 6 AP classes. I took the SAT and scored a 1240 without any preparation (I thought it was PSAT). Is that possible for me to have 1500+? Please advice.
    Thank you!

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Yes, seems possible, considering you’re only in 10th grade & are doing well in your classes! I’d start prep sooner rather than later, though, to give yourself enough lead time to build your score to that 1500+ level. Good luck!

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    Moises Garcia

    Hey my name is Moises Garcia originally born on the Dominican Republic I moved 8 years ago the united states currectly leaved in new york. I would like to know some way to improve my sat score by 300 I correctly have 740 and the college-am trying to apply needs an 1100. I took the sat today I know I really did poorly on it but I would like to know if there any tips that can be served to me so I can take it again in 3 months or 4 again. My High school gpa is 3.75 out 4.

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    Emily

    Hi, I am a junior who scored a 1210 on the PSAT without any studying and little information on what/how the SAT is structured. After the PSAT, I was studying with a private tutor for a couple of months and I’ve recently have been doing SAT practice questions from Khan Academy and the SAT Study Guide. Is it possible, with proper sleep and studying, that I can score between a 1400-1500.

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Sure! Sounds pretty reasonable, will just take some consistent effort. You might have to do a couple retakes to get your best score but the path forward is clear.

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    HELP

    I moved from kentucky as an A student to florida and continued to stay an A student, as a freshman, but the curriculum was super different. i took the psat as a sophomore and scored a 1040, but i didn’t really understand that i was taking the psat. I’m now a junior and have adapted to the curriculum, solid A student with honors and DE courses at Gulf Coast State College. I take the SAT on March 9, 2019. I’m hoping for at least a 1220. I’ve learned alot and have a better grip on the materials covered on the SAT. Is my projected score possible?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Yes very possible, that’s a very reasonable increase, especially for the reasons you’ve mentioned. Good luck!

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      Julia Wasef

      Hi I’m Julia, I’m currently a junior in high school and I have recently taken the SAT for the first time this may. I didn’t do as well as I hoped, I got a 1010. Im trying to take it two additional times. I want to gradually improve maybe get a 1200 then reach a 1300. I was wondering what I can do to improve my score, I really want to achieve a 1300. I really hope you can give me some advice to help me reach my goal Thank you!

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    Help!

    I scored 1000 on my PSAT. I got a 490 on Reading and 510 on Math. I’m currently a sophomore, and I took this test last October. I have bought the Princeton Review and the Official Study Guide from College Board, but haven’t looked much at them. I want to score a 1400 or higher on the actual SAT, but I do not know where to start. Is it possible for me to get that score within half a year to a year? I’m thinking to start studying in the summer, but is it better to start studying a little bit every day now? I’m not sure where to start to study for this test. If you could help me out on how to start studying, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

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    Shriya

    Hi, I am a sophomore and I got an 1170 on the PSAT. I am planning to take the SAT in June and I am taking an SAT prep class right now. I want to get a 1500 or above on my SAT. Is that possible?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Yes it’s “possible” but will take great effort & committment. It’s more likely that you’ll achieve that score as a junior or even senior, though, since as a sophomore you’d be tackling the test quite early in your development. But definitely worth a shot if you’re putting in the time now.

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    Hey just wanted help

    Hey, I’m in 8th grade right now and I’m taking some high school classes that give me one credit each. My current Gpa is 3.0 (average and not good for selective colleges) so I know you made this section for SAT work, but I just wanted to ask you if I will be able to get my gpa around 3.6-3.7 with the 4 years I have to improve. thanks!

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Sure, you’ll just need to get as many As as possible & take rigorous courses (that might be weighted depending on your school’s system).

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        Anonymous

        Should I be scared of SAT because I’m African and I have only one chance at this test .
        Do you think I can get 1300 above? I have two months till the exam and I practice 6hrs and above a day.
        Is it possible .

      • Robert Schombs
        Robert Schombs

        Yes I think you can do it!

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    dina

    hi well i had been through 3 trials before in my sophomore year and i am a junior now
    but in my last trial i got a really low score 1060 and i got three months to boost up my score to 1460 at least. can u suggest a plan if u please

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    Yonatan Yohannes

    I currently scored a 1100 on the PSAT has a Junior, I’m planning to take the March SAT! Do you think within 3 months I can increase my score to a 1450? Im planning to study 1hr a day.

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Yes it’s possible, especially if you put in that time consistently!

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      Jonathan

      I scored a 980 on the psat as a sophomore. This was a huge blow for be considering I’ve always done well in testing. I take the sat in roughly a year, do you think a 1500 score is achievable with enough hard work and dedication?

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      • Robert Schombs
        Robert Schombs

        Yes, I think you can still do well — your results as a sophomore don’t really say much because everyone develops and learns at their own pace. Put in the time & effort and you should see big gains.

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    Amber Dewitz

    My daughter is in 10th grade she recieved a 1580. She also took the test to start college classes this year. She placed in college level as well. All I did from when she was little is tell her how important school was. She always does her homework right away then hangs out with her friends. She told me the school wanted no lower than a 600. That’s not even trying. It’s really sad schools don’t help more.

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    El

    Hi, I’m a junior, and I took the November SAT and scored a 1350. I took two practice tests but barely did any productive thorough studying. Last year as a sophomore I scored a 1270 on the PSAT, without studying. Do you think that it’s possible for me, with better studying habits, to score a 1530+ by next year’s August or October SAT? Thank you!

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Yes, I think i’ts quite possible! 1350 is a great starting point, especially if that’s an unprepped score. But do start early — don’t wait until the summer. You don’t have to study for 10 hours per day right now, but try to start building a consistent study habit to give yourself a head start.

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    Braylon

    I am a junior in high school with solid ‘A’ grades, work ethic, and earned a 1200 on my first ever SAT. My school doesn’t offer much SAT prep support and I study independently at least 5 hours a week. What do I need to do to increase my score enough to get into an Ivy League?

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    makoto

    is it possible to get from a 1000 SAT score to a score of 1300-1400? I have two weeks until the exam so I plan on going all out these next two weeks taking practice tests and leveling up my weak skills. You think I got a shot?

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    Rahul

    I will be giving the SAT in a month. I got a score of 1270 and 1280 in practise . Can I get a score of 1600 or 1500 above on the test day.

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    Tanish Shukla

    I’ve taken the sat diagnostic and scored a 12oo with almost negligible amount of preparation. I have about a month left for my exam is it possible for me to score 1600 or a 1550+. I am extremely hardworking and can put in all the work that is required. I have opted for princeton review , but I really need your help. Please reply as soon as possible

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    Padma devella

    Hi, is it possible for me to improve 1200 in a week, but I am really bad at math part and before I fully guess on the exam so I didn’t scored better score.

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Do you mean improve to 1200 overall? If so, perhaps, it depends a lot on your starting point. Either way, get practicing, because you can make improvements between now & then!

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    ahmad kebe

    hi, im a senior and I took my SAT for the first time in august and got a score of 850. Is it possible to get my score to 1000 or even 1100 ? I take my final one in December.

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    Nuran Ehab

    hey! I’ve took the SAT exam several times now but my score wont exceed 1140 , even thou i answered the practice tests in the college board and my score range is 1260-1300, I’ll be taking the October SAT 1 exam and I’m asking if it’s possible to raise my real SAT test score to a 1450+? I study an average of 10-12 hours a day 6 times a week.

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      If you’re studying that much and not improving, something isn’t being done correctly — it’s hard to diagnose exactly what without discussing in a tutoring session. Feel free to followup with me by email by answering the following question: When you do a practice test, do you review each and every answer after you take the test, or do you move on to the next test after getting your score?

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    Eliot Yoon

    Hi, Im stuck around the 1400 range for the SAT and find it almost possible to break 1450. What should I do?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Impossible to say w/o knowing what you’ve done so far, what the breakdown of your scores are, etc. Feel free to contact me directly with that info if you don’t want to post it here.

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    Montez

    Hello I took the SAT and I got a 930 on my SAT. I have been practicing over and over but I feel like I need alot of help in the math. i was wondering if you have material on the complete sat or math in general

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    A

    Hello!
    I’ve been scoring in the 1300 range on practice tests. Is there anyway I can bump my score up to 1400+ with two months of prep? My math score is in the 700 range, but my reading and writing score tanks my score.

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Yes I think that’s a realistic goal. Continue to strengthen your Math score, and focus on Writing especially since that score is easiest to improve in a short period of time. Do some Reading prep as well to squeeze as many points as you can out of that section, but otherwise focus on Math & Writing.

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    Rushil Patel

    In freshman year, i made a 910 on the PSAT. In sophomore year, I made a 890 on the 2nd PSAT i took. In junior year, I made a 1070 on the 3rd PSAT. Is it possible for me to bring up my SAT score from a 1070 to 1500-1600.

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Yes but very difficult. Get your score to 1200-1300 in practice first, then 1400+, then 1500+. Think in stages.

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    Anonymous

    Hi i am a sophomore in high school ,i wrote my first ever sat exam without studying literally even a word I actually didn’t even have time to solve a mock and as a result i got 1240 and i have 2 months more to prepare for my next sat ….i atleast want to get 1450+
    Please help me!!!

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    B.

    Hi,
    I’m a freshman who took a practice SAT as a placement test for a SAT prep class. Without studying, taking any PSATs or SATs, I scored pretty awful, coming out at around 1100/1600; this was surprising considering that I consider myself to be a pretty solid student (all A+’s, high GPA, pretty good work ethic).What possibly could have factored into my score was a headache caused by allergy season in Spring, but just to confirm, is it possible to up an SAT score (after studying and prep courses, of course) by 500 points? I am doing 8 hours of prep 5 days a week over the summer for my class, and I’ll be taking the SAT 3 times the second half of this year.

    Thanks,
    B.

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Improving from an 1100 is definitely possible; getting 500 points to achieve a 1600 is unlikely but you should still shoot for it anyway, or at least to the 1450+ region.

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    Yaya

    My school doesn’t provide enough education and I haven’t been studying for the past years due to issues. I took 5 trials till today. I have a score of 1060 as maximum. And I have a month before May SAT 1 Exam, I need to up my score 300 at least I know it’s somewhat impossible but I have the will to give in whatever it takes.

    Any suggestions is welcomed
    Thanks

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    Sophia

    hey, I practiced 8 real sat tests posted on college board, I scored around 1470 to 1520. I took March test, I only scored 1490. It seems to me the practices didn’t help that much. My questions is how to achieve my score to 1550? So many ideas online and practices online, don’t know which one to take under time limit.
    Thanks,

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      It depends on the breakdown of your score, a 1490 can indicate a number of different paths forward based on Math/Writing/Reading scores.

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    Ilayda

    Hi, I’m a High school graduate from New Zealand and applying to universities in the northern hemisphere. I took the first ever sat test and got 1200, I currently have 2 months till the next sat, and I want to/kinda have to get at least 1490-1500 points in order to get in here in Europe. I started study 6-10 hours a day 5-6 times a week and doing every possible question I can + learning strategies I’ve never known before. Do you think it is possible to improve that much? It’s my only chance and I’m stressing out by the fact of hearing that it’s impossible. I really enjoy maths and majority of the mistakes are really stupid ones which I realise right after I check my answer or read the solution. Please tell me that I can do it 🙁

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Yes, it’s possible — the reason why people might say it’s impossible is because it takes a lot of work & effort to make these improvements and most won’t put in that effort. But people have improved that much before, so it can be done!

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    Parth Desai

    Hello, I am a sophomore in high school, and I got a 1140 on a practice test without studying (580 Math, 560 Reading + Writing). I am wondering if I can improve to a perfect 1600 score. I know a 460 point increase seems impossible, but I really, really want it. I want it so bad, that I will sacrifice anything for it. I am highly motivated to improve as much as I can, and extremely determined. I plan to take the October 2018 test, and from now till then, I hope to improve my score as close to 1600 as I possibly could muster. Throughout summer, I plan to study 8 hours daily for this test, and if I do this much every day over summer, and practice for the rest of this school year, how much do you think I can raise my score?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      If you put in that much effort, I think you’ll have a great chance at making huge gains! It might be hard to get to 1600 in fall of Junior year, but probably more likely either spring of Junior year or later. Either way, I like your chances & motivation!

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    Grace

    Hello, I am a junior in high school and I take my Sat in about mid April. The score I got sophomore year on the psat was a 1090 (560 evidence based reading and writing score and 530 math) my goal is possibly a 1400 I am trying to do practice tests and quizzes on khan academy but looking at a screen makes me tired and I don’t get as good of a score then because I’m falling asleep. I was wondering if you had any adcie on how to achieve this goal or somehow know of a written way to study? I just made a goal to do 1 test on khan academy 4 times a week for an hour and there are after school practices led by teachers twice a week so hopefully that will help?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      I recommend printing out the practice tests and/or buying the Official Study Guide for the SAT (includes the 8 tests that you could otherwise download).

      Limit your on-screen studying for sure; it’s not as effective as paper studying & makes you tired. You can do some of it, but limit it to 30-60 mins/day.

      I have a bunch of resources here, including video courses & the like:

      https://reasonprep.com/start-here/

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    Nevina Lee

    Hello! I am a 12th Grade student, and I just had my very first SAT Progress test and unfortunately I only got an overall score of 1040 (490 Reading, 550 Mathematics) is there a possible way that I can increase my score up to 1200 or possibly more? Thank you.

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    Aleshia

    what about if you want to score a 1300-1400?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Master the 1200-1300 skills and then start on 1400-1500 skills. Even if you fall short of 1400-1500 you’ll still be in range.

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    Nicole Ussery

    Hi I’m a junior in high school and my SAT is on March 7th,a little less than a month away,on my PSAT I got a 1010(600 reading,410 math) I was wondering if there was any advice you could give me so I can achieve a 1170 to qualify for bright futures .So far I’ve studied for the past 1 and 1/2 weeks averaging an hour a day

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    Min

    Hello, I am a junior in high school and am planning on taking my first SAT this march (approx. 5 weeks away). On my most recent practice test I got a score of 1320. Is it possible to get it up to 1500 by march? If so, what else can I do as I am studying everyday for 2 hours?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      It will probably be difficult to get +180 points in a month, but you can certain continue to make improvements & strive for the 1400+ level. 1500+ might be a more achievable goal in a future sitting — but either way, keep working! If you’re studying 2 hours per day, it sounds like you’re doing what you need to do to succeed. Check out my SAT Study Plan course for more ideas about what you can do to study:

      http://members.reasonprep.com/p/your-sat-act-study-plan

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    Kelly

    Hi there,
    I am currently in 10th grade and recently started worrying about SAT’s. So I decided to take a practice SAT and see what I can do without preparing and I got 1150. So do you think it’s possible to achieve roughly about 1500 for my actual SAT?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Sure, it will take a lot of work to do so, but the good news is that you’re starting pretty early. So start studying ASAP!

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    Bella

    I took the SAT test last year, and I scored 790 wasn’t so prepared for the exam then, I studied on my own nobody to put me through. I want to re take it this March and I seriously want to score 1200 and above how best do I study for the test thanks I need help.

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    Sydney

    Hi,
    Im a junior in high school and I took my SAT in October and I got a 980. I recently just got my PSAT and I got a 1000, so I know overall where I am placed in scores. I’m not satisfied at all with this score. I want to get a 1400, which means increasing by 400. I have 8 months because I’m trying to be done with the SAT before school starts. Do you think this is possible? Where should I start?

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    hanan Ahmed

    Hi there!
    I need an urgent help from those of you who are doing well on the sat and happy with their scores! I’m a junior in high school and i took the psat twice, once in my sophomore years and my junior year, I’m taking the sat in march and i started preparing for the sat early from November till now! I saw that i started improving on the reading section which was the most challenging part for me as English is my third language! I’m doing lots of practice at home and so far doing it i developed doing it as habit! Long story short i got 780 for the psat and i saw that my score on the psat is 1000 right now! But i’m aiming for at least 1280 by the end of this year. I believe i can do it! but what would you guys recommend??

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      I’ve got a ton of resources (courses, videos, articles) that can help you prepare for all parts of the SAT — start here:

      https://reasonprep.com/start-here/

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      Chloe Wheeler

      hey! same boat as you, im a junior and took PSAT twice, once in 10th and once in 11th grade. I got a 1150 on my first try with no studying, and the second i got a 1290 with very little studying, just knowing to speed up since the time limit is a big factor for me. Pay attention to the clock and skip something if it is taking too long. Also, never leave a question blank; if you have multiple blanks and dont have time to do them, choose one letter and answer that for all of your blanks. Youre more likely to score points this way than by randomly choosing. I am taking the Higher Learning SAT course now, to prepare for the march SAT, and so far on the diagnostic test I got a 1420. So, it is definitely possible, and this is with me literally not studying for more than 1 hour for all three tries combined. Experience helps; the more times you do it, the more of a second nature itll become. Good luck to all!

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    Ava Sumoski

    Hi! I recently took the SAT, and I received a score of 1050. Personally, I am very disappointed with the outcome my score and I hope to improve it. My math skills need to be improved and I have to strengthen my writing and reading skills a tad more. I also need to work on my time management and test taking strategies. I essentially have an unlimited amount of time to study and prepare for my next test. I was reaching for a score of at least 1460. I know it is going to take an immense amount of dedication and hard work. But I am willing to put in the time and effort necessary. Do you have any tips for me? Is it even possible to improve my score by such a substantial amount? Please let me know. Thank you!!

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    Jakhongir

    Hi, I got 1110(560 Math; 550 Reading) from my very first SAT exam, but i am required to get 1300 in March. Do I still have a chance to reach that benchmark in 3 months? And what kind of tips&strategies would you advice to improve my skills?

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    Faith Lisbon

    I recently took the SAT on December 2nd and I received an 1160 (Reading 600 and Math 560). I had been taking tutoring sessions to boost my score, and I was satisfied that my score increased; however, I did not reach my goal. My dream school is Florida State University and I need a 1240-1360. Also for the ACT I received a 21 and I need a 27. My lowest areas were in science, and english; what strategies would you recommend for me.

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Thanks for the background info — the strategies for improving on the SAT/ACT are exactly what I cover in my courses, so check them out! Also, you should choose ONE test to focus on rather than trying to master both tests. I talk about how to pick the right test for you here:

      https://reasonprep.com/sat-or-act/

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    Dianne

    How can I go from a 1270 to a 1600 in 5 months?

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    Super

    So on the October 7th SAT, I scored a 1410. I was really unhappy with my score and I am retaking it on the 2nd of December, which is in about 5 days. My math is really strong (780-800), but my reading is slacking. Do you think I can achieve a score of at least 1550 if I study everyday? And if so, how should I study for reading. Thank you in advance.

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    Adithi

    I’m giving my SATs on the 2nd of December,and i am expecting atleast a score qroung 1400. i had previously given the SATs in October, expecting atleast above 1000, but got 890 due to anxiety issues. Do you have any tips or strategies that will help me in my paper?

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    Chloe

    Hi I have been getting around a 1130 when I score myself on practice SAT’s that I study for, how can I improve my score to at least a 1480, (I know this is a huge jump), because I really want to do well, I have never taken the real SAT’s and for the first SAT I want around a 1350 so that there is room for improvement to get to a 1480 by around May.
    Is there hope that I can accomplish this task? Btw, my grades in school are around a 4.0.

    Thank you!!

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Yes, there is hope to make solid improvements in your score, definitely to at least 1300+. As for how to do that, that’s what I cover in my articles, videos, and courses, so enroll in them here for more info:

      https://members.reasonprep.com/courses/category/SAT

      I would recommend taking your first SAT sooner rather than later, so perhaps in March, so that you can get that first score & test experience under your belt and can move forward knowing where you stand and what needs to be done to get you to the next level.

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    Davena

    Hi I took the sat and got a 750 twice which is really bad I need help and want to take the dec 2 one. I have 13 days to get my act together is there any advice I am looking to grow a lot and want at least a 1200 I know this seems outrageous but I really need help.

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    Jacob Junk

    I scored a 1350 on my sat ans would like to study and raise it to a 1550!! Is it possible!! Please let me know if it’s possible!! Thank you! Sincerely, Jacob Junk

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    Max Davison

    I’m in the UK and sat and SAT in May 2017, I was 15 at the time, not sure how my year relates to American grades but I was in my third to last year, and am now in my second to last year. I got a 1070 on it and that test was just a see how the test worked as I hadn’t seen it before. I put no work in before hand and didn’t even know how the questions were asked, is this an alright score? I was hoping to have the potential for Ivy League school and of will definitely be working and revising for my next tests. Is it even a possibility however for me to even be considered?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      1070 is a little above average, so it’s an OK score, but definitely not enough for Ivy League schools or other top tier universities. However, it sounds like you have plenty of time to prepare, and that’s not an awful score for the first time you’ve ever taken it. If you put in the requisite time and effort, you’ll have a good chance at improving!

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    Krislyn Schlosser

    Hi, last year I got a score of 860 (I was around 35-37th percentile) on my PSAT and I was devastated. Now I’m in my junior year and have studied for the SAT’s for about a month and received a score of 1290 on my SAT’s. I thought I was going to get a score of 1000 but came to my surprise I did much better than before. With this score, I am in the 87th/90th percentile and was wondering if that was good. Will colleges see that I have improved? Will they care?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Nice improvement so far! They likely won’t see the improvement because typically they don’t see PSAT scores. However, even if they did, that doesn’t matter as much as the score itself & the percentile.

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    Nina

    Hello,
    I really want to get into a Ivy League, but my scores are no way near what they need to be. I just took the SAT and received a 1300, so I need to get at least a 1500. On my practice exams I was getting in the 1400 and I was not nervous, tired, or worried when taking the exam. I have studied so much over the summer on Khan Academy and practice tests and reviewed my errrors and make notes on how to avoid those errors. That said I am stuck on what to do next.

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    Muhammed

    Hello,
    Recently I took October 7th SAT and my score is 1040 which is really bad for me. BTW I’m in my senior year of high school and tbh I didn’t get time to practice for it. So do you think that I can take min 1200 in my December 2nd test and what do I need to improve my score to 1200?

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    Lukas Pang

    Great article, Mr. Schombs!
    I am a senior in a high school in California. I am planning to get into UC Berkeley. However, I worry that I might not be able to do so with a SAT score of 1300. One thing I notice about my mistakes is that initially, I answer well, with an approximate total of 4 mistakes in the first two passages. However, as I progressed into the rest of the passages, my mistakes increased drastically. Is there any way that I could fix this?
    P.S: I already did a huge amount of test prep and my scores are stuck at 1300. Also, could you kindly answer me in words instead of a link.
    Thanks so much!

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Hard to say exactly without knowing more about your situation. The most likely issue is that you have some issues with stamina — i.e. you get tired as the passages go on. Only way to improve that is to read, read, read, and to practice timed SAT Reading sections consistently. The other issue is that the harder passages (history, dual), usually come later in the set, so you probably are cleaning up better on the easier passages. Only solution for that is, you guessed it, more practice! No shortcuts, I’m afraid.

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    Claire

    Hello, Rob,
    I’m a senior at my high school, and I’m considering to apply for American universities as an international student.
    I’ve just taken SAT practice test and my score is 1090. It was definitely a wake-up call, and I’m very motivated now. Is it possible to raise my score to 400 points in two months? I’m planning on practicing every day for 2.5 hours and taking a practice test every weekend.
    Thank you!

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Sure, it’s possible, especially if you put in that kind of consistent effort! So get started ASAP — even if you don’t hit your full goal, you’ll still be able to make some big gains.

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    krishna sanjay

    Hi Rob,
    I just wanted to ask that, can I improve my score of 1280 (first attempted score) to around 1400 in just a week’s time? If it is… how do I go about my preparation? If you could convey some useful tips and send some links, it would be great!
    Thanks Brother.

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    sierra robinson

    hello,
    my name is Sierra, im a 12th grader looking forward into attending howard for chemical engineering and im really trying to achieve a 1200-1500 score on the SAT , i have not taking the SAT just yet but i really need help in preparing myself for it. Im really nervous and im a bad test taker, do you know how i can achieve my score in my SAT and how to become a better test taker?

    thank you!
    sierra robinon

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    Aryan

    Hi , I am preparing for the SAT and the scores of my recent practice test are –

    Maths – 56/58
    Reading – 36/52
    Writing – 28/44
    Please tell me how to increase my score in verbal section . My desired score is around 1500 .

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    Tarundeep Singh

    Alright, I took the Sat and got a 1050, I dont why but I just didnt practice at all,I just want to improve both my math score and english score, I got 530 in english and 520 in math. My question is that, do you think it is possible to improve both of these sections to a 600-650 range in a months time? I believe it’s certainly possible because the score I just received gave me a wake up call, and I’m very determined now. I also wanted to acquire some helpful tips on how to study, what to study, and anything else that would help me. Thank you so much for creating this, it is very helpfull for understanding scores.

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    Aghedo Omoyemwen

    Hi, Mr. Bob, to get a 1300 and above does it mean you need a35 on the math, a 31 on the writing and a 35 on the reading, or is it to get a 1200 and above?

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    Franklin Igweagu

    Hello Mr Rob I am from Africa, specifically Nigeria. I want to thank you so much for the YouTube videos I am grateful, sir please i score 470 on the English section and 560 on the math. presently I have a score of range of 550-570 on the English sections (29 on the writing and 27 on the reading.) thanks be to God for that improvement and also to you and your short SAT videos. I study all night but it seems that 550-570 is the maximum on the English section i have tried my best but to no avail. My test date is in October 7 and I want to score minimum of 650 on the English section. I am pleading if you can help me in any means to score higher. I just study alone with the help of God, I don’t attend tutorials due to I am from a low income earning family.
    Please, I would be happy if you can assist me in any form, in both sections

    Thanks

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    Muhammad Mooaaz Waheed

    Dear Rob,
    I am Mooaaz from Pakistan. I have high ambitions to score 1500+ in SAT but due to my background of fsc(equivalent to a-levels) that was all about cramming it is becoming hard for me to perform even satisfactory.I have no background in mathematics even.
    Kindly if you can help me, suggest me a plan from very basic to following things:-
    1- How to become best in SAT maths and for that where to start.
    2-How to become best in English section and for that where to start
    I shall be very grateful and thankful to you.
    I can work 24/7 for this as I am crazy to get this score.
    thanks

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    Onwuchekwa ifeanyi

    I have written a like 5 practice full tests on the khan academy platform and my scores increased from a 930 – 980 – 1130 -1220 -1220.
    I am now in the 1200 region and I need a 350+ point gain. I have read everything possible that is related to the SAT and yet I’m not improving. Any tips please?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Lack of tips really aren’t the issue at this point; have you fully analyzed all 5 tests to see what mistakes you’re making, what rules/concepts you don’t understand, what question types you struggle with, etc.? If not, I’d start there with a full review of those 5 tests. Reading more tips/strategies isn’t really the major way to improve at this point; rather, it will come down to implementing them & addressing your particular areas of weakness.

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    Omoyemwen Aghedo

    Hi mr. bob, how many question do you need to get right on the math and eng sec of the sag to get a 1300

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    Omoyemwen Aghedo

    Hi mg bob, how many question do you need to get right on the math and eng sec of the sag to get a 1300

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    Bobby Jr. Perdarkski

    So i started SAT prep like three years ago and my highest score thus far is only a 1290. My score is remaining constant even though I literally do 5+ hours of SAT prep everyday and have spent so much money on classes. I do very well in school (I am in honor roll with a 4.3 GPA) What should I do?

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    Aghedo Omoyemwen

    Hi rob, did it mean you have to get a 45 in the reading, 47 in the writing, and and 47 in the math to get a 1500 AND a 1400

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    Sall

    Hello!

    Firstly, Thank you for your amazing article. Secondly, I gpt 1140 on my last SAT. I really need go grt from 1350 to 1400 to enter my dream college!!
    Can you help me improve myself till Ocrober’s trial? What should I do? I really need help.
    Thank you.

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    Fatima

    Hey I’m a rising senior I be taken the SAT twice my first time I got a 970 my second time I got a 890. My goal right now is a 1200. Ive been studying really hard. I’m not the best test taker but I’ll continue trying. I’m taking the SAT in August against I hope I reach my goal.

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    Sala

    Hey rob ive taken the sat once without much preparation and got 1030 but goal was 1300 now ive 3 months and im dedicated to work hard and my most problem is critical reading i dont get time to finish all so what do u recommend plus or shall i try compensate by other sections

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    Sarah G

    Hi,
    I’m a rising Senior and I’ve only taken the SAT once with a score of 1200. I want to increase my score to 1500, even if it might sound impossible. I have a high GPA with an abundance of extracurricular activities. My score on the SAT is what I think might debase me on my college applications, but I don’t want this to hinder anything. Please let me know what kind of study schedule I should make to help me improve my score.
    Thank you

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    Ryan H

    Hello, I am rising junior this summer.
    Ive been taking multiple SAT practice tests over summer. So far I’ve consecutively got 1390 in my two most recent test. Im upset that I cannot break the barrier of entering 1400 range. My goal is to reach 1500-1530 by next year summer on real SATs. Do you think this is possible and are there recommended plans from you?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      If you’re already at 1390, getting to 1500+ sounds like a reasonable goal for sure. One thing is to make sure that you’re doing more than just taking practice tests (and that when you do, you’re reviewing each question carefully after the fact to see what you understand/don’t understand). You also want to mix in reviewing topics, worksheets, extra practice problems, videos, etc. I go through exactly how to do this in my free Study Plan course here: http://members.reasonprep.com/p/your-sat-act-study-plan

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    Nana Yaw

    I would really like any help to move me into the 1500s… i want to apply to the top notch schools and i really want to make sure i get a base score of 1500. What do you recommend i do?

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    Lilla Sabbah

    Hi Rob,
    I have taken the SAT with essay once and scored a 1400. My original goal was to score 1300 because I kept getting scores of 1200 or less on all the practice tests I took, but now I want to score around 1500. On my practice tests, I had the most trouble with the timing in the english section because english is not my first language, and because I am a slow reader that gets easily distracted. I always run out of time in both english sections and math sections. What do you recommend I do to reach my new goal? Also, how can I prepare for the next essay? And of course I want to improve my math score, any suggestions?
    Thank you

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    Shounak Naskar

    hi , I am a 12th grader . I took the SAT last year in class 11 and scored 1420 . My maths score was 770 and EBR score was 650 only . Now it is time that I make a college list but I want to increase my scores as I want to target top notch schools . All this year , I was busy with SAT Subject test and IELTS .So , what should I do ?

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    Farida

    Hi Rob,
    I have taken the SAT twice – I scored a 830 the first time round, and the second time I scored 1040. My goal is to get a 1400 and I have three months for preparation. What would you recommend to prepare myself for the next test?

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    Shyam

    Hi Rob,
    I have taken the SAT twice – I scored a 1390 the first time round, with scores of 690 in English and 700 in Math.
    The second time (albeit with very limited additional prep) I scored a 1410, with scores of 700 in English and 710 in Math.
    I now have a few months to try and hit my goal score, which is a 1520+.
    Any suggestions?

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    Ruth

    I have taken the SAT twice.

    1st time – I took a practice test and got an 1180 but did not do much studying afterwards and received an 1150 on the real SAT (January 21st)

    2nd time – I decided to take it seriously and studied almost every day 2-3 hours for four months and received a 1360 (May 6th); a 210 point increase

    I plan on taking it a 3rd time but this time with an essay. Any advice on how to improve my score and do well on the essay?

    P.S. I’ve just finished the 10th grade; however I’ve been studying abroad since the beginning of my freshman year so I’ve not taken trigonometry/algebra 2 like I was suppose to freshman year. I have made up for my lack of trigonometry skills in some areas by practicing and prepping for the SAT but I could also use some more help with that, any advice?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      I have a free SAT Essay course that covers everything you need to know here: http://members.reasonprep.com/p/new-sat-essay-course

      As for trig, there’s only 1-2 questions (max) per test on that topic, so it’s not a major priority if other Math topics are still weak for you. The topics you need to review include:
      *SOHCAHTOA
      * converting radians to degrees & degrees to radians
      * the unit circle
      * common sin & cos values (sin30, sin 45, sin 60, etc.)

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    Sally

    Hi, so by far, I took approximately 4 SAT exams, but the results were all similar, ranging from 1440-1450. I really want to boost my scores up to 1500 to get in my dream college, and I feel so desperate. 🙁 I normally get high scores on math (around 770-790) but my reading and writing scores only amount to about 660-680. Now, I have only got one last SAT before college apps, which is the October SAT, and I really need this summer break to boost my scores. Do you have any personal suggestions for me? I would greatly appreciate any advice that you give me. Thank you so much.

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    Danai Syz

    Hello, I am a junior in high school and the very first time I took the SAT I got a 1170, without studying. My goal is to get a 1500 and I have five months for preparation. What would you recommend as the most effective way of preparation? Would studying on Khan Academy and text books be enough? How often and how long should I be practicing? Thank you.

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    Kevinique

    Hi so I have scored an 810 on my SAT and I had little to no resources my school doesn’t have prep classes and other prep classes cost about $1000 how can I improve I make 1200 in 3 months? What do you suggest? I tried Khan Academy but that did not work as well as I thought it would. Also I am from The Bahamas

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    Hannah Lee

    Hi, I want to raise my score from an 1100 to 1400. I have about 3 months before my last attempt of achieving my goal score. Is it possible for me to do that? I get decent scores on my reading and English section but it’s my math score that’s really low. Is it possible to even my scores out and get a 1400?

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    Autumn Rogers

    Hi, So I’m currently a Junior in High School and I scored a 1010 on the SAT without studying at all… My goal is getting a 1100 on the SAT. I currently have 3 weeks until I take my SAT and I need help to improve my score. My first question is this: Can I raise my score up 90 points?? My other question is… Is it bad if I take my SAT in my senior year??

    Thank you so much Rob!!!

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Absolutely, 90 points in three weeks is very possible. Focus on WRITING (check out my free Writing Course), EASY & MEDIUM Math questions (especially Section 3: #6-11, 16-17, and Section 4: #8-23, 31-34). You should be able to get a quick 90 points with these questions.

      And it’s not bad at all to take the SAT as a senior! In fact, you’re most likely to get your highest score when taking it senior year. If you’re thinking of taking it in August, make sure you register ASAP because the slots are going fast. But you’ll also have shots at it in October and even November if necessary.

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    osama jaffery

    i want to get a 1300 bottom line im a junior i just want a strategy or a plan anyone can provide please email me

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      I see that you’ve already enrolled in Reason Prep’s courses, including the SAT/ACT Study Plan course, so that should be a good start!

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    Folake

    How can my son best prepare for her SAT – it’s coming up in just over 2 weeks. He’s taken it once before, and would like to boost his score. Can you help with a crash course?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Two weeks is a pretty short turnaround time, but depending on your son’s score & goal, there might be some quick lessons that can lead to some last minute gains. Feel free to contact me directly if you’d like to discuss further: ‘

      https://reasonprep.com/contact/

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    Luke

    I have taken the SAT only once so far and scored 1420 (710 in Math and 710 in Reading/Writing). I am a junior and I hope to achieve a score of at least 1500. Should I focus on learning the content or doing the practice tests?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Both, in that when you do the practice tests you’ll discover which topic areas you need to review, especially for Math & Writing. Reading’s a bit trickier since there’s no “content” to learn, but practice tests will also help reveal your areas of weakness so that you can focus your prep.

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    Kevin

    Hello, I’m a junior and I’ve never token the sat, I’ve done horrible throughout high school but until last quarter I started to study every day and I went from 70s to 90-95s. Im unaware of how I will score on the sat. But I am planning to put aside time everyday until the summer to study, and then study full time throughout the summer, and then take the sat in the fall. I want to score a 1400+, and am very determined. is it possible to fully prepare for the sat in this amount of time?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Yes, that sounds like a good chunk of time to prepare! Start ASAP and you should have a good path to a top score.

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    Emily Bee

    You said “you’ll have to make an extraordinary commitment to meet those goals.”
    I am taking my SAT tomorrow the final make up date is in May.
    I have 2 months to prep but.
    I went from all Fs for my first to years due to not showing up and getting into trouble to holding straight As and only 1 or 2 under A test scores.
    Im scared about my SAT because I dont know any math rules but I can problem solve in real world situations and logically put things together.
    That doesnt much help with having to know key points and rules in the math section.
    Im willing to dedicate every second until that makeup date to get a high score.
    I just need to know the best way to cover a vast amount of topics in thus time and the best way and plan to go about it.
    I hope you see this, take the time to read it and reply.
    I would very much appreciate it.
    Thank you.

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    Debjyoti

    I got 1300. I’m disappointed because for months and just cannot get score above this. Reading and writing is specially killing me. I’m weak in English comprehension. I just can’t improve this problem. Also under time limit I’m cracking up.
    My goal is 1500. How can I get that?

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    Amaar Amir

    Hi,
    So I took the SAT only twice, and the interesting thing is I only studied for 3 days prior to each exam.. Now I know that that was not the brightest move ever, however; I did get (1290 and 1300). My superscore is 1340. So given the time and effort put in I wouldn’t really say thats bad mark. I am thinking of entering a foundation year in which I would spend all my time on SAT scores and college essays… Do you think its possible to reach 1450? Or perhaps even higher?
    Is this a realistic goal? If so, please advice as to the best method to achieve this.

    Best,
    Amaar

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    Reese Richardson

    I’m currently a sophomore and I have taken the SAT once, earning myself a 1230 (570M, 660CR). I am looking to boost my score to a minimum of 1480 before senior year (most likely taking the test as many times as needed to achieve such a score), as my target school (or at least the one I am most interested in) is Johns Hopkins University. Do you have any tips for achieving such a jump?
    I am most likely taking the ACT or SAT in June, this time with prep to see what type of score I may achieve.
    The first time I had taken the SAT, I was loaded on 5-hour energies and had not prepped at all before taking it. I may have briefly looked over a question or two beforehand, but I had not taken a practice test, nor used my prep book much. How much do you think I could improve with about a three-month rigorous practice session before the test?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      The good news is that you have plenty of time to make that jump, so the biggest piece of advice I can give you is to prep consistently. Since you’re starting early, then doing 2-3 days per week, 20-30 minutes of SAT review will help. In your junior year, boost to 3-4 days/week, 30 minutes per section, and then increase from there.

      As for more specific advice, check out my courses & articles, since I cover a ton of information there! The Study Plan course might be helpful to you as well.

      I can’t say for sure how much you can improve with three months of rigorous review, but certainly boosting 1230 to 1350+ seems reasonable to me.

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    Mike

    Going to retake exam. Got 1200 on rSAT & 26 on ACT. Target goals are 1300+ or 30.
    Which test would you suggest I take to reach my goal.

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      Mike

      Which is more realistic… a 100pt gain on the rSAT (1200 to1300) or a 4 point gain on the ACT (26 to 30). FYI… I did a 7 on my rSat Essay & an 8 on my ACT Essay.
      Thanks for you input.

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      • Robert Schombs
        Robert Schombs

        Going from 1200 -> 1300 on the SAT is easier than 26 –> 30 on the ACT. The feasibility of making either improvement depends on the time available to study. Both would be difficult to do in a few weeks. The +100 points is pretty realistic within a month or two. The 26 -> 30 ACT jump would probably need a bit more time.

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    Daniela Miller

    Hello. I’m working to achieve a score in the 1400 range. I’ve taken twice and scored 1210 and 1360. My school practice test was also a 1360. I’m unsure of next steps. Any advice? Thanks!

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    richard Lee

    My son is in Junior and took SAT in Dec. 3 2016, his score is 1310 without much practice. Now he registers March 11 2017 SAT, do you think he can get score around 1450 by practicing couples tests?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      The only way to find out is to do the practice tests, but getting +140 points in a week or so will be very difficult. Best to plan a summer or fall test to be fully prepared because getting +140 after a few months of studying is very doable.

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    Danelly

    Hello, I got a score of 990 the first time I took the SAT. I plan on taking it again next year and want to achieve a score of 1,400. Do you have any advice on improving my skills, specially in math?

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    Tamra

    Hi Rob. My son is a freshman in high school and scored a 1370 on the new SAT this January 2017. At that point, he had just started Algebra II. He scored 660 in Reading and Writing and 710 in Math. Do you think it is feasible for him to aim for 1500 or even perfect 1600 by junior year? I appreciate your response.

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      I think 1500+ is reasonable, especially given that he’s received a 1370 so early (and before completing Algebra II) and has plenty of time to prep in a gradual, consistent manner.

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    Caren

    Hi, I am currently a junior in High School and I recently started taking Kaplan prep at my school. I am currently scoring around 1,100-1,200 on practice tests. My goal is to improve to at least 1,400 for my actual test in April. Is it possible in just these few months? What should I do to better prepare myself?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Sure, it’s possible, as long as you’re putting in the effort! The Kaplan course you’re taking should be letting you know how to prepare. Beyond that, I recommend checking out my courses for more info, especially the SAT/ACT Study Plan Course – more info here: http://members.reasonprep.com/courses

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    Erin Belisle

    Hello! I am trying to get an 1100 on my SAT to get into nursing school. I took my test in December and received a 1040. I plan to retake it on March 11th. I have used the Khan Academy website and have a few test prep books. Is there anything you would suggest for me to study or check out? I only need a 60 point increase!

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    Hannah

    Hi, do you think it is possible to go from a 1100 to a 1400 in 3-4 months if I study for a few hours everyday with prep books?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Sure, it’s possible! Make sure you use real practice SATs whenever you can, though, since the practice material in most prep books isn’t very good.

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    Uchechi

    I’m so eager to her 1200 above but don’t know the right book to study with and how to study cox I don’t had time a lot… Saturdays and Sundays are my free days for practice and I’m self studying

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    Amy Lee

    Hi! I am taking the SAT this January 21st. My PSAT score was a 1110, but when I did some extra studying over winter break (2-3hrs/day for 5-6 days), I took another practice test and my score went up to 1250 (610 Math, 640 English). Would it be possible to increase by 150 and get at least a 1400 by the 21st?

    Please help! Thank you 🙂

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Nice increase so far! It’s hard to say exactly how much farther you could increase in only a few weeks without more information, but pushing to 1300+ seems reasonable at least. Assuming you’ll be taking the test again in the spring, I think you’d have good chances of getting closer to 1400 by then.

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        Amy Lee

        Hmm..do you think it would be a good idea to focus on getting my strengths (the Reading/Writing part) up to 700+ instead of trying to raise both at the same time, so that I can make it to 1300+ by Jan 21st? My math is currently at a 610 :/

      • Robert Schombs
        Robert Schombs

        Given that short time frame, yes, I recommend focusing on your strengths! I would maybe do a little review for Math to make sure there’s no low hanging fruit, but I would definitely try focusing on your Reading/Writing most of all.

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    Ashley

    Hi! I’ve been studying for the SAT since I was a junior and my scores went from 1220 to 1330 in 5 months of extreme studying. But now, I want to make that score into at least 1400 so I can have better chances at getting into more colleges. However, I don’t really know what to study or how to improve, especially with english, which I got 630 on. Could you please tell me some tips on studying and on SAT? My next test is in 2 months and will be my final one, and I am freaking out because I feel so unprepared. My email is d********@gmail.com. Thank you so much!

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    Rahul Pulidindi

    Hello, I am Rahul, and I am from India. I took my first SAT test on December 3, 2016 and I scored 1360 out of 1600, 650 in the Reading and Writing section, and 710 in the Math section. I am definitely not satisfied with my score seeing as my dream colleges are Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, of that kind and I expected to score at least 1500. The problem is that I am unable to break the 700 barrier in the Reading and Writing section, while I know that I can score a perfect 800 in Math with a bit more practice and focus. Now I have registered for the next test, which is on January 21, 2017. So please, I hope you can help me and provide a few tips and strategies so that I can improve my score by at least 150-200 points, by preparing for a month. Please respond at the earliest at my email ra**********@gmail.com
    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Deepalika Bathina

    Hello, I took the psat for the first time as a freshman with no preparation and scored 1020, and this year I took it again as a sophomore and scored 1190 without any preparation. My goal is to get a 1490/1530 (new psat), and I’m pretty motivated to reach that score, but I don’t know where to start and how many hours i’d need to put in everyday. I also wanted to ask if its possible for me to gain exactly 300 points in a year, considering that I gained 170 points without studying.
    Thank You,
    Deepalika Bathina

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    Don-Yae Ponia

    My daughter received a 1080 on her PSAT. She needs a 1200 to get in to the college she wants and receive a scholarship. She is taking the SAT in late January. What can we do?

    560 math
    520 reading

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    Claudio

    Hi I’m a father who ‘s daughter scored a 900 and that was a big wake up call on how good I thought she was in school and maybe how bright I thought she was .she goes to will am h murrow highschool in brooklyn and I always thought public school curriculum stinks and now I’m right .they don’t prepare you to handle the real world ,so now what do I do to get my daughter ar a competitive level to handle her self with a future where she is in demand and has options ,im pretty scared for her right now but that could be my own paranoia. I don’t know what is my next step, any advice? I would really ,really apreciate it

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    Tanisha Bajaj

    Hi rob,
    I have around 10 days remaining for my final sat exam. Though my score varies a lot ( from 1100’s to 1200’s), I am not at all satisfied. Can you suggest something which could drastically increase my score in these remaining days.
    P.S- the maximum I have scored is a 1330.

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    Akshay Dixit

    I took the NEW SAT I scored just 740. Help me score at least 1100 please…

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    Keri A Schmidt

    HELP! I need my daughter to increase her sat scores. What should I do?

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    Lorivert Cobo

    Hi Rob!!
    I’m currently a senior submitting college applications in January. I took the new SAT twice: Once during Junior Year on May 7th, 2016 and another time this year, senior year, on October 1st. My score the first time I took it junior year was an 1170 out of 1600. This year, when I took it in October, I got the same exact score: 1170 out of 1600. I’m planning on taking the test again on December 5th, but I want to boost my score by 130-140 points (up to a 1300-1310 out of 1600). I have been trying to look for tutors that cover and tutor the New SAT material, tutoring services that cover the New SAT, etc., but I haven’t found anything helpful. I have 4 weeks to prepare for the next exam (not much time), and I don’t know what to do. I have the College Board’s ” The official SAT Study Guide” and all prep materials, but I need help on what I should do to boost my score, and compete well against other applicants at schools I will be applying to. Please help me in this difficult situation that am in. I truly appreciate it!!

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    Aun Raza

    im gonna tell u my strengths and weakness then tell me……i concluded my 10th class with 94% and after that i did pre med for two years and had 81% i took MCAT with reasonable scores . we dont study specifically for SAT here. I didnt study Maths for like 2 years during my pre med yet i had 98% math score in 10th . My English is quite good . First time in my life i took SAT test at Khan Academy and scored 950/1600 . Im gonna take test at January and want my scores to 1500+ . As i said earlier i can put 8 hours a day for SAT prep . NOW tell me is there good chances for me to get 1500+ score by january test? plz answer specifically can i or can i not ?

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      Sure it looks like your chances are reasonable. There’s no way for me to put an exact number on it, but in the end, what I think about your chances matters very little. If you want to improve your score by any amount, you’ll still need to put in the effort & study time. If you put in the effort, your score will increase, that’s the bottom line! 🙂

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    Aun Raza

    I’m an international student i never studied specifically for SAT yet i scored 950/1600 at khan academy and i want to get 1500+ in two months so i’m asking you if this is possible . i can do 8 hours a day for 2 months so tell me with that amount of work is there any chances ?

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    Leya

    Hi I am a student of 12th grade and attained a score in the range of 1200-1300. I would like to attain a score near 1500. Could you tell me some important tips to improve my score as I am working hard by clearing concepts and doing several practice tests. What is required for a 1500 score?

    Could you also tell me tricks to crack the reading comprehension and the writing portion as there are always two answers which are very closely correct.

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    Mohammad Suleman

    I have SAT without preparation and hot 1100 and now I have prepared for two months . I got 610 in maths though my maths is good. I realized I filled the number boxes wrongly.please guide about maths strategies .

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    Ana

    Hi Rob:

    I’m a grad students who needs a minimum of 1030 on the SAT. I just got my score from the Oct. 1st. exam and I got a 930. My previous score was a 980. I’m taking my next SAT on Nov. 5, 2016. Any suggestions on how I can get an extra 100-200 points, I know I only have 7 full days before the test. My weakest subject is Math.
    Thank you so much!

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      That’s a pretty quick turnaround time – I’d say focus your practice efforts on the big topics (lines & linear functions, quadratics, word problems, percents, triangles) with whatever books/resources you have rather than trying to review it all. You only need ~80 points or so from math (with some help from Reading & Writing) to hit your goal, so focus on those major problem areas first.

      Otherwise, check out my SAT courses – some free – that can help you over this time period in the other sections: http://members.reasonprep.com/courses/category/Free. Check out the SAT Quickstart & SAT Writing Course to start.

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    aiman aman

    my best score so far has been 860 and my goal is 1200+ is there literally anyway i can make it in 10 days? lol

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    cschandra

    hey!
    i got 1210 for 1600 in a practice test. i want to improve my sat score by 300 points and i have my SAT on 1st october. can you please help me.

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    HARISH JAIN

    My son is preparing for SAT. In practice test he is getting 1540-1580 score. He is getting 800 in math but 1-2 wrong in writing and reading section.

    I know is smart and capable of getting 1600. But he needs to follow some discipline in problem solving and time the all the sections properly. Can you suggest some guideline which he can follow to improve his score and get 1600 prefect score. I heard the reading sections are too long and most of the kids does not have enough time to answer all questions.

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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      It’s great to hear that he’s scoring so high already. That’s the good news. The bad news is getting that last 1-2 questions can be really difficult because your son is now grappling with the material that’s the hardest for him AND luck comes into play – all it takes is a student to make an avoidable mistake for the damage to be done.

      I definitely agree that a 1600 is possible, though, given where he’s at now. Since his situation is so specific, there’s no simple guideline I can give that will help in every case. It really depends on which questions he’s getting wrong and why, and I can’t say anything more specific without knowing which questions he’s getting wrong and what problems he’s having consistently with Reading & Writing.

      I made a video discussing what it takes to get to that perfect score level here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dfw7MkLmH8 It was made when the Old SAT was still being administered, but it should apply just as well to the New SAT.

      Also, I have a free SAT Writing Course here that might help with those last few questions: http://members.reasonprep.com/courses/new-sat-writing-course

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    Boateng Clinton

    Pls i want to increase my score by 350 i am now at 1190. how do i accomplish this within a month

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    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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    • Robert Schombs
      Robert Schombs

      That’s quite a big jump, though it’s not impossible. I’d say that you’d definitely be able at least 100 points in that time frame, if not more. Here’s a video that covers the “Is it possible” question:

      https://reasonprep.com/improving-on-the-sat-act/

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        Omar

        Hello sir
        i am an international student. My language is not very good I got a level C1. I took the SAT test last March and I wasn’t really ready for testing yet , it was like trying to know my skills and my score were (810). Now I have test in 4th May {(40 day)( I am studying four hours a day)} Do you think this time will be enough to improve my skills to get 1250 , And do you have any advice maybe can help me with that.

        Kind Regards

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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: https://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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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:

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

      And then work through the Grammar Bootcamp:

      https://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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  193. Avatar
    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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    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. https://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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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: https://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: https://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: https://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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    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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    Gaurav Ajariwal

    thank you so much. 🙂

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  202. Avatar
    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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  203. Avatar
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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: https://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: https://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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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:

      https://reasonprep.com/grammar-diagnostic-test/
      https://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: https://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: https://reasonprep.com/critical-reading-bootcamp/

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    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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    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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    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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    genesis

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

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    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:

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

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    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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    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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    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?