SAT Exam Preparation
You might have heard that College Board released a new version of the SAT in 2016. So what should you do if you want to prepare for this version of the SAT but are mainly familiar with the old version? And do you really have to throw out all of your “old SAT” study materials?
We will go through the SAT section by section and note key differences between the old and new SAT. Next, we will explain how to prep for the new SAT based on those differences. We will point out places that you can still use old prep materials to prepare for the new SAT, and also point you toward other free study resources online. We will also link extensively to our SAT study guides throughout this post to give you more targeted advice by section.
I also suggest getting a New SAT textbook – the good ones will guide you through every aspect of the SAT, and give you suggestions for study schedules, how to deal with stress, and how to sign up for the test, in addition to lessons for each topic in the SAT, Practice questions, practice tests, and drills.
My textbook recommendation is somewhat biased, but I can honestly say that my favorite New SAT Test Prep book is the New SAT Guide, written by my company Ivy Global. The “Official SAT Guide,” written by the actual company that makes the SAT, is often recommended, but it doesn’t contain much aside from 4 full practice tests, which are also available online (see the link I provided above).
If you have the time and money, hiring a private SAT tutor or signing up for an SAT class can also be worth it – if there are none in your area, you can also set up Skype sessions with some companies. Working alone can work well, but many students prefer working with teachers who can directly answer their questions, guide their learning, and enforce good study habits.
In general, keeping up with your general coursework (especially if you go to a public school in the USA) should help ensure that you’re comfortable with the content of the SAT. Reading regularly is also a good way to prepare generally.
Make sure not to use an old SAT textbook – the organization of the test and the content of most sections are significantly different in the redesigned test.
Essentially, you’re going to need to supplement your practice tests with targeted practice of what you’re missing. You may want to get a hold of a grammar book from an independent tutor to supplement— or a workbook to practice. But Khan Academy has modules built for “drilling” that are a bit better than the book alone. I recommend you get an account there and check things out.
Brush up on fundamentals – math, reading, writing, grammar, rhetorical analysis.
- Practice – log all your mistakes and figure out why you made those mistakes. Sometimes, you don’t know something. Other times, you hurry through – not knowing what you are missing. Careful elimination of mistakes is pretty much the only way to reach the top.
- Practice daily or at least 3-4 times a week. Any less and you will rust between practices.
- Practice all books knowing that some books are better than others. If a book is too easy, seek out and only do harder questions in that book.
- Learn to manage your time and anxiety.
- Measure your full scores by occasionally taking a full College Board test on your own.
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