Strategies to help you score well on the SAT?

  1. If you make an answer change, be sure to erase well.
  2. Do not make any marks on the answer sheet – other than the bubbled in answers.
  3. Bubble in answer completely.  A blunt #2 pencil is better for this than a sharply pointed pencil. Bring several pencils and an eraser to the test.
  4. Read the test questions carefully and pay attention to details.
  5. Reviewing College Board Mock Practice Tests

 “I really want to emphasize that if you don’t make a serious analysis of your practice work after you finish it, then you’re really wasting the time you spend practicing. I also wouldn’t recommend that you do practice tests on sections without doing a full post-mortem on them, in which you go through all the questions, try to understand why the College Board wrote each question the way it did, what you could have done to answer the question correctly as quickly and directly as possible, and what lessons you can learn from that question that might be applicable to future questions.  This post-mortem step is absolutely critical if you want to make a serious improvement on the SAT, but it’s something that most students completely ignore, or do only halfway.” – Mike Barrett, author of The SAT Prep Black Book

At our SAT Prep Weekend Boot camps, we definitely apply this Mike Barrett College Board Mock Practice test method.  The students take a College Board Mock Practice test on Saturday morning ( 4.5  Hrs – including the essay). After a 45 min.  lunch, they are handed back the graded test!

The teacher, as part of his/ her SAT instruction, reviews the questions on the Mock Test.  Usually, we review the English (Writing and Critical Reading) portion of the test on Saturday afternoon and the Math portion on Sunday morning during the 4-hr Math instructional session.  On Sunday afternoon, the students take another College Board Mock Practice Exam with the results mailed to them a few days later.  Of course our teachers encourage the students to do a serious “post-mortem” or analysis of this 2nd mock test on their own. As you can see, our SAT Prep classes Weekend Boot camps are indeed that – real Boot camps!


6. Precise Reading is very important on the SAT

“Verify that you haven’t misread the answer key – I can’t tell how many times a student has reported struggling with a question for a  long time, only to realize that he had misread the answer key.” –  Mike Barrett, author of The SAT Prep Black Book


7. Time management and Poor Test Taking

Many students are poor time managers on the SAT.  Some students also claim that they are poor test takers.  By far, the best method to improve on the SAT in both of these areas is to take several time tested College Board Mock Practice Exams.


In our SAT Prep Weekend Book camps, we offer 2 Mock Practice Exams, one at the beginning, on Saturday morning and one at the end, on Sunday afternoon.  Besides the fact that the SAT and ACT are very challenging, they are also long. (4.5 hrs.  for the SAT Mock Test)  Trying to keep one’s concentration high for this length of time is difficult for most students.  With several Mock Practice tests “under their belt” before the actual SAT is enormously beneficial.


Many students, who are unfamiliar with a SAT, answer the questions in a section in order.  “This is a huge mistake, since some questions will be easier than others and since every question counts for the same number of raw points as any other in that section”– Mike Barrett, author of The SAT Prep Black Book

“At every turn the SAT is obsessed with details in a way that HS and college courses are not.  Doing extremely well on the SAT isn’t just a question of having proper strategies.  It’s also a question of being almost fanatically obsessed about the tiniest details.” 


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