How to self-study for the SAT or ACT

Recorded Tuesday, July 6 at 10:30 PM

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About this livestream


Standardized tests are expensive - and whether or not you choose to use outside preparatory help, there will be times when you need to study on your own. Whether you’re planning to self-study for some, most, or all of your test prep, Shravya is here to give you the best tips and tricks.

She’ll be covering how to create a study plan, ways to identify and tackle your strengths and weaknesses, as well as what to do the day before to make sure your testing day goes smoothly. Stop by to ask a few questions or stick around the whole hour to learn everything you need to know about self-studying for the SAT and ACT.

Your host

Undergrad College: Rice University '20

Work Experience: During my time at Rice, I mentored dozens of high school students through the college application process, along with editing essays and tutoring students for the ACT/SAT. I also interned at a medical technology startup, conducted research in Brazil, and gave a TEDx talk. I recently finished applying to medical school; I've been admitted to multiple schools, and will be starting in the Fall.

My Admissions Story: I remember feeling very blindsided by the admissions process and not knowing where to begin. I hope that sharing my experiences and some of the things I’ve learned along the way will help guide other students in a similar boat.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Shravya and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
8:33@lama:Normal prep time?
15:22@elena:I really liked this website for getting a good idea of studying hours needed to improve by different amounts of points (for the SAT):
38:39@yunaham23:how many hours should you study during school year for sat?
41:16@lopez:what prep books would you recommend (5 steps, barron's, princeton review, etc.)?
43:37@Subi:Can you get like a 1530 with 3 months worth of practice without school work invovled
46:12@adityav:Hi Shravya, What is your recommendation on gaps between each tests? Say if get a great super score with SAT, is it really needed to write ACT as well? I'm a Junior this fall and I'm planning my first SAT this December. I'm giving myself this summer through November as a prep.
50:08@adityav:Awesome thank you.
50:12@lopez:Once you identify your weaknesses, should you go over the topic or take more practice questions on the topic?
53:17@tea_4_2:I'm having a hard time studying for the reading section, any tips regarding that?
56:15@chris_owen:I plan on taking the ACT in September as a Senior so I only have 2 months to prepare for the exam. What would be the most time-effective way to study (practice questions, practice tests, etc...)?
59:33@tea_4_2:thank you so much!
59:38@CaliGrace:This has been super helpful. Thank you!


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