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I'm a rising senior planning to take the August SAT(couldn't take before because of the pandemic). I took a practice test today, with zero practice, just to assess my situation. I got 740 in Reading nd writing and 620 in Math. How do I increase this to 1520+ ? Paying for prep isn't an option, as I'm too poor.

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7 months ago

There's a lot of free content online that's helped me, you don't have to pay a ton of money to improve! Khan Academy pairs with College Board for accurate SAT simulations, and once you take a diagnostic test it will identify specific subsections and target areas you need to work on. There are also forums on there where you can ask questions and get tips. And making an account is free! That's probably what's helped me the most, and I'd definitely recommend. If you have a College board account they also offer real SAT tests that you can print out and grade, which have been pretty helpful. After receiving your score on these, I like to go back to the ones I answered incorrectly, identify what I did wrong and why I did it, and try to resolve the prroblem. This ensures your not making the same mistake over and over again. It also helps to see how you do with the time limit versus without one, as it can help you see if time is a struggle for you, and specifically why that is, so you can work on efficiency in that area. There are also plenty of Youtube channels devoted to SAT prep and improving your SAT scores, and I like these bc they come from students like us who know where we're coming from (and don't hesitate to give non-conventional or unexpected tips.) I hope this helps. :)

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7 months ago

Hi, thank you for asking your question! I totally agree with @olivia_05 here. There are a lot of online FREE resources that you can use to boost up your SAT score. I will say though that what you accomplished is very impressive, keep up the great work!

I'll add that specifically if you are struggling with the math section then spend time towards working on that. Specifically approach your math teacher, online forums and free online tests to find practice problems. But before you do that, I would figure which questions you struggle most with -- if there's a specific type of math that you just don't know I would focus on that area first. The SAT math section is really just the same types of problems over and over again but just re-worded. Once you master the math topics on the exam you will be golden. And really here, practice makes perfect. The more you practice, the more weaknesses and silly mistakes you will pick up on. A quick google of "free sat math prep" leads to me to a lot of places. A site that I used a lot back in my day was cracksat.net . It had so many free resources!

Also, just because you are focusing on math does not mean that you should sacrifice practicing the reading section. Just one high-reading score does not guarantee success after all. Again my biggest advice here is that practice makes perfect.

Hope this helps!

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