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2 months ago
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SAT score Improvement

i'm a pretty good student with a high GPA and decent coursework but my SAT score isn't really improving, i've been using Khan Academy to study but my score is barely improving what should i do?

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2 months ago

Khan Academy has been a good resource for me but since you're not seeing improvements from it, I can give you more resources/tips for you to try and see if they'll make your SAT score improve.

1) Princeton Review. I chose to pay for the self-paced SAT program but there are other programs you can pay for if you'd like that. I like the self-paced one though because it shows all the mini topics the SAT tests you on, how many points each of them is worth, and provides a lot of practice problems. I think once you get it, you'll have access to it for a year but I don't know for sure.

2) The Official SAT Book from the College Board. Maybe since Khan Academy is on a computer screen, you're not used to taking tests on paper, so it's affecting your performance. Even if that's not the case, I highly recommend taking the practice tests with this book because I heard so many people say that when they took practice tests, their scores significantly improved. There really is no better way to improve your SAT score than taking full-length practice SATs!

3) (For specifically the reading sections) read books. Though this isn't a specific resource, I believe that the more you read, the more comfortable you'll be at it, therefore the faster you'll read, meaning you'll have more time to answer the questions, so you'll get more of them right! I don't know if reading is your forte or not, but regardless it's still good practice in my opinion.

Here are some tips if you need them:

1) Make sure you review and spend time on the things that you are getting wrong or are having difficulty with.

2) Before your test, make sure you review all of your work, grammar rules, and formulas. My AP Psychology teacher told my class that, as humans, we tend to forget about a lot of things in 24-hours, which I wasn't surprised at because I notice it myself all the time! I believe it's called Ebbinghaus's Forgetting Curve. There's no harm in just refreshing on all the work you've done for the SAT before you take the exam.

Hope this helps!

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2 months ago

I have 2 suggestions.

1.) Switch to the ACT. Take a practice test and see if your score is better, similar or worse than the SAT. If it's better or the same, focus on that since colleges don't care which you submit. It's only a 4 hour time commitment to find out.

2. If it's worse, try something else like SuperTutorTv's online course. It's 250 dollars but well worth the money.

Students learn differently with different formats. I personally didn't like the Khan academy portal.

Good luck

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2 months ago

What have you been doing with Khan Academy? Have you looked over every wrong answer in detail and find the mistake you're doing? Something I like to do is to go over every wrong answer, write down the skill that it entails, and then practice that skill. After I'm done, then I do another practice test and continue.

Also, what is your score. I think the higher the score is, the harder it is for you to improve it because of the curve.

I think that if you really can't improve and have the resources to do so, then hire a tutor.

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2 months ago

I really recommend the Princeton Review Live lessons :)

You have to pay a hefty sum for the course depending on which type, but it's so worth it for the way they teach you to prepare for the exam, and all the resources they give you even after you've finished the live lessons.

I used to not even know where to start with studying for the SAT but their resources have helped a ton :) they also send a bunch of books to you!

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2 months ago

My sister did one of the Princeton Review Guaranteed Score programs. She made her target score but missed the guaranteed score by 10 pts and got a full refund. She's at BC now.

Khan Academy is a good tool, but you really have to discipline yourself to work on the problems you need to strengthen. I assume you linked your PSAT scores to Khan to get the customized study plan?

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