A Couple Of Ways To Increase Your SAT Score
Sometimes it can be difficult to improve your score, especially after you feel that you’ve studied very hard. Here is a quick list of some things you can try to pinpoint some places where you can grab a few more points!
- DO A MOCK EXAM UNDER REAL CONDITIONS
- This will let you know of any last minute weak points like not having memorized the formula for area of a trapezoid; not knowing certain idioms such as “opposition to” instead of “opposition against;” learning some new exotic word that you didn’t have in your list of one million words on the SAT (lol)
- Ask yourself why you’re losing points in each section
- Are you having trouble thinking of good examples?
- Do you have a list of examples prepared?
- Do you know the major events and news headlines in recent history?
- Do you have a structure for your essay that you’ve practiced a lot?
- Do timed math sections
- Are you losing points on careless errors?
- Are you messing up your positive and negative signs?
- Are you getting anxious on certain topics, like functions questions?
- Are you using an appropriate strategy as to when you should guess or when you should skip a question?
- Do timed writing sections
- Are you losing points on mainly idiom questions?
- Are you making sure that you only have 3 – 5 ‘no error’ questions?
- Do timed reading sections
- Are you reading the passage to fast and then wasting a lot of time trying to find the answers?
- Are you getting mainly the inference questions wrong?
- Can you describe the tone of the author after you read the passage?
- Can you summarize the passage in one sentence after you finish reading it?
- What method are you using to tackle the passage?
- Are you losing points because you lose focus on the long (boring) passages?
- Do you have the right strategies for specific sections as to when to guess and when not to?
- Ask yourself what you think is your weakest section or which section you feel most nervous about and why.
Just knowing where and why you’re losing points and being aware of the reasons why you’re losing points is enough to help you boost your score. For example, if you realize that 25% of the math questions you get wrong are due to mixing up negative signs, you’ll pay extra attention to that and it will happen less and less. Doing timed sections and asking yourself all the above questions is a great way to continuously target your weak points and improve your score – so make sure you do it often (at least once a week)!
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