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How Can I Get a High SAT Score?

Hi! I'm a junior and will be taking the SAT this spring. I received a score of 1260 on the PSAT I took in the fall, which doesn't put my projected score as high as I'd like it to be. I was wondering if anyone had specific advice on improving my score? I use Khan Academy but I feel like I'll perform differently in a timed environment.

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I have 2 different approaches.

1.) SAT approach - For improving SAT, I used the Official SAT guide with practice tests, all the College Panda books, the Erica Meltzer book for Reading, and Dr.Chung's book for Math. I personally got nothing useful from Barrons, Princeton Review, or the Black Book. After I couldnt' attain a 1500+ SAT score at a test center, I switched to the ACT. But I highly recommend you take an ACT practice test before you waste 250 hours trying to master the SAT. Some people can do it, I hit a wall.

2.) ACT approach - I used the Office ACT prep books from ACT.org (2019/20, and 2020/21), I used for the Love of ACT Science, College Panda Math Books and Practice Tests and also SuperTutorTv's the Best ACT Prep Course.

https://www.amazon.com/Love-ACT-Science-innovative-standardized/dp/0996832203/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2IB5D9PKMV8VQ&dchild=1&keywords=for+the+love+of+act+science&qid=1611779041&sprefix=ACT+for+the+love+of+ACT%2Caps%2C264&sr=8-1

https://www.amazon.com/College-Pandas-ACT-Math-Advanced/dp/0989496473/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=college+panda+ACT&qid=1611779074&sr=8-3

https://www.amazon.com/College-Pandas-ACT-Math-Workbook/dp/0989496481/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=college+panda+ACT&qid=1611779074&sr=8-5

https://supertutortv.com/the-best-act-prep-course-ever/

SuperTutorTV in the end was cheaper than buying all those other test books and paying for 2 SAT tests and all the time I used to study. I just took the online course and put about 100 hours into it and got straight 35s across all 4 categories. If someone had told me to do that first, I would have jumped on it. In hindsight, so many people struggle with the SAT and find the ACT more straightforward. There is a certain type of student for which the SAT works best. In my opinion, those are the naturally gifted geniuses or "the grinders" that stay up to 2 AM all through HS. For those individuals, failure is not an option, and hell or high water they will get a 1500+ score.

I learned the hard way that I'm neither. I have to have it broken down to me in a measured, easy to understand learning method, and then I need to practice the techniques like a novice piano player trying to learn a song by playing it over and over and over. Sure no one wants to spend $300 on a course but in the end, it was a bargain compared to going to Stanley Kaplan or Princeton Review or any of the other online programs which will set your parents back $1000-$3500. Right now you can sign up for free for 5 days and cancel if you don't like it.

Good luck and hope you don't' end up spending hundreds of hours on a test that is not a good fit for you.

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