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a month ago
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SAT retake

I'm debating between the June, October, or November SAT to retake it, as someone who just took it in March. What is the best time to retake the SAT in terms of prep time or other outside factors? Should I retake it in June but have less prep time, or retake in October/November where I'll have more of a buffer period in terms of prep but will probably be a little overwhelmed because of college applications starting up? Or should I just do multiple? My school also offers it during a school day but they hold it in the spring of my senior year.

 
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a month ago

I highly recommend Strategic Test Prep's Youtube channel! I also used their workbooks. Many time-saving tips that were literally life savers!

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🎤a month ago

Any specific videos that you recommend or found especially useful?

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a month ago

@bsj_25, I will have to go back and check :) I watched so many, pretty much all the DSAT videos (avoid materials for the paper test).

I'll get back to you soon on that!

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a month ago

I would take it in June- you get that time to solely focus on studying for the SAT without worrying about college applications or homework.

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a month ago

I also took mine in March but I decided to superscore, so I will be retaking it in May, and if needed, in October.

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a month ago

Your situation really depends mostly on your previous score. Please reply with your Verbal and Math section scores so I can assist you further.

Good Luck,

Jason.

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🎤a month ago[edited]

1290; 710 r/w 580 math. It was my first one.

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a month ago

I had a similar first score- 730 r/w 590 math. In March, i got 710 r/w and 660 math.

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🎤a month ago

How long did you wait to retake it (when did you first take it?)

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a month ago

I did October and then March. I wanted to wait until the digital came out (which ended up not being the greatest idea) and I had some scheduling conflicts with test dates in between. I studied January up until the week before the test, when I took a final practice test a couple days before so I wasn't cramming at the last minute.

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🎤a month ago

How different was the paper one from the digital? Sorry for asking so many questions lol, this is only SAT I've taken; I've never taken the paper one. What were the study techniques you used when you were studying? I'm just trying to come up with a study plan. How much do you think the average person studying consistently for a little over a month be able to increase their score by?

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a month ago
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No problem! The DSAT is much shorter but with more time for math problems. However, the math problems are trickier because you have Desmos. Same with reading passages-shorter, but denser. I found practice was the key. I used STP workbooks and got TONS of practice with time saving tricks. VERY helpful. I spent at least 1 hour 5 days a week doing practice problems and learning strategies through the workbooks and STP's videos (watched several each week, sometimes many per day). Within my practice tests, I got around a 130 point increase in a month. However, the practice tests were not accurate to the March test, so I only got a 50 point increase in March :( So sad...I'm a little mad about it. They published 5 and 6 (4 was closer to the real thing as well) AFTER the test. Feels like they are trapping students into retaking and paying for another test. Oh well.

If you study with appropriate materials, I think you could get a 100, maybe more, increase in a little over a month. That's what I was getting, but Collegeboard threw us a curveball with a mean twist. Trying to decide if I have the time to restudy and retake. I superscored a 1390 between my October and March tests. So sad...I was getting 1450 on average :(

Another accurate resource is the Collegeboard student question bank. Look at your score report, pinpoint weakness, and then filter the bank to find similar questions. Practice, practice, practice. Review and redo every mistake. Really learn when to and when not to use Desmos through Youtube videos.

Hope this helps! please, please lmk if you have any more questions. Glad to help a peer cream the SAT...and Collegeboard, lol :)

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