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Old 08-01-08, 03:23 PM   #1
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Need to increase SAT score by at least 200

My SAT score was 1000 the first time I took it. And to gain access to some of my colleges, I need to increase my score by at least 200. I am a athlete as well so my SAT scores don't have to be as high as the typical student. Please I need suggestions. My dad already signed my up for a SAT class starting September, but I need some other materials to get me ready. Any suggestions are welcome.

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SAT classes will help. What areas did you have issues with the sections? That might help us figure where you need the most help suggestions for.
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SAT classes will help. What areas did you have issues with the sections? That might help us figure where you need the most help suggestions for.
Some of the math towards the end, and a lot of the crazy voacb.
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Buy those SAT study books they come with practice tests too.
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OK, then you need to work on Vocab, Algebra, and Trig.....
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take a look at the ACT. most schools will accept both the ACTs and SATs, although the ACT is more common on the west coast.

you're going to be a bit limited in your college choices based off your current score, so you better train hard for whatever sport you do. make sure you get into the all-state team or be top in the nationals. then you'll be set, no matter how low your SAT is.

don't fully rely on the SAT class; do some self studying also.

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Haha. Is that what you did?
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Practice questions will help.
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You can study, but realistically a 200-point jump is pretty huge. Take the class and do some studying, but SAT's aren't really the kind of thing you can cram for. Practice questions are your best bet-- test-taking strategy is the way to go.
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You can pick up quite a few points though. It's all in knowing how to take the tests. For one thing, you don't read a whole story then try to answer the questions, you just read the opening paragraph, then the first sentence of each one then the entire last one. That gives you an idea of the layout then you can look at the questions and have more time to answer. Also, there are certain types of math questions they put in there. So studying teaches you how to identify them quicker and how to work them.
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Not sure if it works the same in Georgia, but in CA there is another option. Go to community college take all the generic classes then transfer in to University. The SAT/ACT scores won't matter, and it's easier to get in to better Universities because you kind of "proved" that you are willing to learn. You, or your parents, will save a bunch of money also. Only "downside" is that you won't have full "freshmen" experience. Although that is mostly about drinking. *shrug
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FL is the same way. If you get an AA from a CC you are guaranteed to get into a good state operated college after that. And we still got the freshman experience, just on a small campus. But we were in Gainesville so UF was right there in town.
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build a time machine, go back four years, and replace every minute playing a video game, or watching TV with reading a book, that will help you with all that nasty voacb.
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One thing that may help, especially the Math....

If you get stuck on a problem, go back to it after you've solved the ones you can easily solve. That way, you won't miss out on points by not completing problems you could have otherwise by losing a large amount of time on a difficult problem, and when you get back, you may have also made the necessary connections to figure out where you have a problem with that particular equation. There is no rule that says you have to solve the test problems sequentially.
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Get a good nights sleep. Then blitz the obvious questions, go back and work the harder ones, and in the last couple of minutes if there are any unfinished questions just fill in something. When I took those tests all blanks counted as a wrong. I was barely a C student in HS and my wife was all A's yet we both got over 1400 on those tests.
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1000 out of 2100 (ouch) or 1000 out of 1600?

Take the class and work your rear off, but in the end SAT's are far from the whole deal.
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You can study, but realistically a 200-point jump is pretty huge. Take the class and do some studying, but SAT's aren't really the kind of thing you can cram for. Practice questions are your best bet-- test-taking strategy is the way to go.
Cram no. Prepare perhaps.

It has been a long long time since I took standardized tests. They may have changed.

But I always finished in plenty of time. others did not. If the OP is one who did not then test-time managment can be significant. Go through first and answer what you do know. On multiple choice find out the guessing rules. I would hope a prep class would ccover that, but can't be sure. The SATs used to use a pure guess nets 0. That means if you are sure one answer is wrong guess between the rest, on net you will profit. (on this the SATs are tougher than most classroom testes where guessing is always on, nothing to lose if wrong).

Find where you are weak. Usually that is where you can make the most improvement. This might be even more pronounced in the SATs. They at least used to be a normalized test, which will magnify the normal advantages of working on the area yuo are worst. (though of course working on the things you suck at is usually not fun).


Oh and one so simple. Have extra pencils and erasers.

Any prep class will have practice tests. Try to take those under real conditions, esp. if you are not someone who naturally tests well.

It is slowly coming back. Find out avout test locations. 40 years ago if you took the SATs at Beverly Hills High School you got half a table for yout stuff. Comfortable and space ehlps. Elsewher you ahd a small cramped desk like in many classes.
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1000 out of 2100 (ouch) or 1000 out of 1600?

Take the class and work your rear off, but in the end SAT's are far from the whole deal.
It is actually 1000 out of 2400, unless things have changed since last year or they have two different tests. 1000/2400 is in the bottom 4% of all scores. Even 1000 out of 1600 is in the 33 percentile.
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I see one of your interests is beer. Re-evaluating that may be a good first step.

Ok, but seriously- +1 to buying the the practice books with tests.
Do you have a good relationship with any teachers that cold give you a little one on one time? I know things like math and english I learn better from someone else, but that all depends on your learning style.
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I don't have personal experience with SATs, but I took the GRE. I increased my score by about 400 points.

In my opinion, the one of the most important thing was actually taking the practice tests like the real one. I mean, take it all at one sitting. Don't let anyone/anything distract you. Also, I took about 4 every week.

IMO, more important than taking the test is the revision of the test. My rule of thumb is that I try to recreate what I was thinking when I took the test and trying to see which questions I had difficulty with. Once you get a good idea of how your brain reacts to certain questions, you will see a drastic improvement in your ability.

Also, time management helps. In this regard, it is very important to realize how much time you have and to be aware how to tackle the remaining questions. When answering questions, I always used process of elimination (I am assuming all SAT is multiple choice). To do this effectively, I had a few of my scratch papers "prepared". I started off by writing many times (ABCDE) over the scratch paper. When I look at a question, I start by scratching off choices that are obviously wrong. You will be surprised by how much accuracy you gain when you have to pick an answer out of two possible ones rather than five possible choices.

I do think you can improve your score, but just like anything else in life, no shortcuts! Just keep practicing . There is a ton of books out there with tips/tricks. Try reading them to see if you find things that work for you.
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I found an SAT tutor. It was a husband and wife operation, where the wife focused on the reading/writing and the husband the math. They just taught me what these SAT readers want to see, how these questions work (they tend to follow similar themes), and brushed up some of my math skills. After a month, I saw a 200+ point increase, only to end up applying to schools that don't even require them
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SAT/ACT's are a waste of time. They are a horrible predictor for student success in college. That said the class will help a great deal with strategies of taking the test.

Read books, study, get extra help, study.

What kind of schools are you looking at? size? location? academic interest?

If you still dont do well, enroll into a community college, take your core courses and then transfer to a 4 year school. This will save you a TON of $$ and if your grads are solid you can get into some quality 4 year schools.
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Princeton Review is the best out there.

SATs are a bad predictor, but they are the key to getting in the college you want, and if you can score high enough, there are scholarships available.
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hire angus to do some dirty deeds all cheap like fer ya. he'll get them grades up!
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