Ever since I was a little kid, studying for the SAT was always a thing I know I had to do. When you think about it, the SAT is truly a big thing. It can help you look impressive to colleges, lead you to get a good job, and overall help in the long run - life. For example, nowadays, Ivy league schools usually accept a scorer of 1550 or higher on the SAT, which makes the SAT that much critical to students. Through my own experience with the SAT, I’ve learned that practice is the difference between a score of 900 or 1550. Ultimately, finding an effective way to practice takes some time and depends almost entirely up to you; however, I feel like it would help to share some resources that helped me.
Here are my top picks for SAT resources:
1. Prep Books
3. Khan Academy
1. Prep Books
When it comes to Prep Books, My favorite was ones by the Princeton Review. These books not only helped me take practice test after practice test, but learn why I was getting questions wrong, giving me the knowledge to succeed. As an incapable reader different from math, a Prep book aided me in discovering techniques to help attack the reading and writing sections of the SAT. Some specific prep books even target specific key ideas and questions to help you target your weaknesses. If you are willing to put in the time and effort, Prep books can go along way in helping you live and breathe the SAT.
2. Reading Books, Newspapers, and Magazines
As everyone knows one of the most rigorous sections on the SAT is the reading section. To improve your score in this section requires a lot and I mean A LOT of reading. As such, whenever you have the opportunity try reading books, newspapers, or magazines. This is a great resource and you will truly begin to see a difference on how you perform on the SAT. Begin reading books like biographies, stories, and science publications. Books, not your style? You can also read magazines by Forbes or popular newspapers by The New York Times.
3. Khan Academy
I can’t say this enough USE, USE, and USE Khan Academy. It’s one of the best resources out there when it comes to SAT studying. Whether you want to improve your score on the reading section or the math no calculator section, Khan Academy enables you to practice the areas your weak on. Since Khan Academy is partnered with the College Board themselves all questions they give are official and up to date. I highly recommend if you are just trying to cram or just want to customize your own long term study plan use Khan Academy.
4. College Board Official Practice Tests
Ok, I know what you’re going to say: what is the point of College Board practice tests when I got a Prep book for the SAT. Honestly speaking, there is a big difference and I highly recommend doing both. You can never get enough practice. Although, these practice tests are more geared towards what you would actually be seeing on the tests. So, to give yourself the best practice, do these tests as well.
5. Princeton Review Courses
For most of us, this option is not very viable, but if your serious about getting a high score on the SAT buying one of the Princeton Review Prep courses is a great way to raise your score. Just to very frank this is super impractical for most people unless you just have $2,000 dollars lying around, but I have seen it help a lot of people. Again, this resource is great if you want to take your SAT prep to the next level.