Any other ways to improve your SAT score other than Khan Academy and spending money?Answered
I've been studying on Khan Academy for a while now and whenever I take a practice test, I get the same score or worse. Do you guys have any tips?
Hey, same position so I’ll give you my answer. I am currently on track to get my ideal score without tutoring or any paid services - I just purchased two books. If you have $40-50 to spare then DEFINITELY buy prep books!!! My best book is the Barrons 1520 PSAT perfect score book, which actually helps a lot for the SAT. Also recommend the Princeton Review SAT “premium”book.
I also recommend looking for free online practice questions. The more practice questions you do while learning what you’re getting wrong, the better you will do. Cracksat.net has a ton and they’re actually questions pulled directly from pre books so if you can’t afford books that website is a great alternative/supplement. You will also benefit from lots and lots of research. I’ve improved a lot just by self studying and from my experience the best way to do that is to learn the strategies to success.
For research, prepscholar is my favorite website for SAT strategies. You need to essentially 1) understand common mistakes 2) analyze the patterns of mistakes you’re making and 3) learn to improve and correct them! If you’re weak on reading I also recommend googling SAT reading strategies since the info I’ve found on google and various websites helped me a lot. Research is free but it just takes time so I’d sit down for an hour and compile a list of strategies/tips you’ve found. Good luck!
Some test prep books I can recommend are very good.
1.) All of the College Panda series by Nielson Zhu. (about $25-30 each)
2.) A Critical Reader by Erica Meltzer
3.) SAT Math by Dr. John Chung 16 practice Tests
If you do these books front to back diligently you will see an improvement for sure.
Take one of the official SAT practice tests - there are 10 available for free download from College Board - under realistic timed same as test day conditions. Score your test. Spend the next week or two studying the material for the questions you answered incorrectly. For the reading and grammar sections - Erica Meltzer guide books are very good. For the math there are several to chose from - PWN is one, but there are others as well as many answer explanations are available on YouTube.
Take a second official practice test and repeat the process again and again.
SAT Prep Black Book: The Most Effective SAT Strategies Ever Published Book by Mike Barrett and Patrick Barrett, is also very helpful
If you really want to practise for sat go and try out this free sat practise website with 100+ practise questions for reading, writing and language, maths, sat subjects and multiple full test papers too. You can also find offical papers pdf in this website if you don't want to buy the official sat book.
Go check out cracksat.net .