A Study SATs Plan: OKAY, You've decided to
tackle the SATs on your own.
No worries. We've got a Study SATs Plan for you:NOTE I:
This Study SATs Plan is an effective way to study if you are disciplined and motivated.
In addition, you can save a lot of money. It is important in preparing for the SAT or ACT to continually
monitor your progress.
If you find yourself not improving, not studying, or otherwise
unmotivated, this is not the plan for you. See SAT Study Options.
Remember that a key element in preparing for this exam is to take practice exams often.
This page will give you links to material you will need to purchase,
and make suggestions about optional material that may be of help
and interest to you.
A SLIGHTLY RIGOROUS Study SATs Plan
FOR THE SAT I REASONING TEST
*****First, sign up for the test*****
The first Sat for the fall of 2017 will be held in August, the next test will be in October.
- When you sign up to take the SAT, sign up for the College Board SAT Question of the day. (Comes to your email.)
- If possible, start your Study SAT Plan about seven-eight
weeks before the test.
- Always start on a Saturday. (Cause that's when you take the test)
- Order The Official Study Guide for the New SATs by the College Board.
This is essential for test preparation.
The Exam is written by ETS, and administered by the College Board and
you will sign up on THE COLLEGE BOARD web site to take the test
Purchase Study Guides, by any of several publishers, for the SAT I Reasoning Exam. Be sure, BE SURE, the date on the front of the Study Guide says 2017, 2018, or 2017-2018. The test was new this year, and yo do not want an older edition, which will be tests from the earlier version of the SAT Exam.
Other books and web sites of Interest for SAT Preparation:
- "Cartoon Vocabulary" Several Editions, Fast Learning, funny.
- "Up Your Score, The Underground Guide to the SAT."
- www. PrincetonReview.com
- www. Kaplan.com
- www. Petersons.com
This SAT Study Plan uses the tests available from the College Board, and encourages you to use extra study materials to help you along the way, such as the ones by publishers listed above.
IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER before you start the Study SATs Plan:
- Familiarize yourself with any test prep books you purchased,
so you know what each has to offer and how to use them
- Use the material from any books you purchased, with this study guide
- Score your tests each week using the directions given in the section immediately following each Practice Test
This will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses so
you know where you need to focus your attention as you proceed with the Study SATs Plan.
- Except for each Saturday, when you will be taking a test, spend 30 - 45 minutes per day on the SAT material
First thing: Take a free, downloadable SAT Diagnostic Exam from College Board. test from College Board
Extra Study Material:
Another help are diagnostic tests, included in every study guide, and on the College Board SAT section of their site. This will highlight your strengths and weaknesses. After taking the test, grade your test, and pay attention to your scores, and the concepts. Work on what you learn from this test by correcting the test, making notes, and studying the explanations, learning as you go.
A STUDY SATs PLAN
Study SATS Plan: Week One: The First Saturday (morning):
Week One: Sunday
- Score your test using the section immediately following Practice Test One.
This will identify your strengths and weaknesses so you know
where you need to focus your attention
- Make a chart listing the three sections of the test,
Critical Reading, Math, and Multiple Choice Writing, and your scores for each test
- Begin to memorize the directions on the first sheet of each test (A time saver)
Week One: Monday
- Using the test answers in the Official Guide, review the section in which you achieved your lowest score. For example, let's start with the math sections
- Redo the questions, comparing your work to the answers to see which you can correctly solve and which ones you do not understand
Week One: Tuesday
- Do practice questions for the math test sections in one of your workbooks. If your answers are wrong, follow carefully the explanations until you understand
Week One: Wednesday
- Review second lowest scoring section of the test, for example, the Critical Reading sections, and repeat Monday activity with those sections
Week One: Thursday
- Do practice questions for the Critical Reading test sections in one of your workbooks. If your answers are wrong, follow carefully the explanations until you understand
Week One: Friday
- Review highest scoring section of the test, for example, the Multiple Choice Writing sections, and repeat Monday activity with those sections
Congratulations! YOU HAVE FINISHED WEEK ON OF THE STUDY SATs Plan.
Study SATs Plan: Week Two: Saturday
- Take SAT Practice Test 2. Time yourself, and stop each section when time is up
- Take two breaks, with bottled water and snacks
- BEFORE YOU START TEST #2, Be sure you have your calculator
TAKING THE TEST:
This time, time yourself carefully, make a note of your start time. When your time is up, mark that place, and then continue on to finish each test. When you finish, mark the time
You will do this with each individual test section, including the essay
Week Two: Sunday
Score your test this way
- First score each section's part that you finished in the amount of time noted at the beginning of each section. Calculate your score, using the tables provided. If you followed the essay-writing advice, give yourself a 4 on the essay, and use that to compute your Multiple-writing score
- After you have completed scoring the portions you completed within the time constraints of the test, then score those portions of the test you completed after your time was up for each section
Week Two: Monday
- Analyze the results of your weekend's testing
- Study the scores of the parts you finished within the time constraints
to see how you performed relative to the first week, and compare the
three test subject results to last week's exam
- Begin the process of analyzing your performance on each of the three test subjects
Week Two: Tuesday
Again, start with the section in which you received your lowest scores,
and begin to work through those questions
- Correct each wrong answer, being sure you understand why you missed it,
and how to arrive at the correct answer
- Do remedial or practice work in extra books you have purchased
Week two: Wednesday
- Do practice questions and exercises from your workbooks, including the Official Guide to the SATs
Week Two: Thursday
- Repeat yesterday's activities, but with your second lowest scores
- Work on the section in which you received your second lowest scores, and begin to work through those questions
- Correct each wrong answer, being sure you understand why you missed it,
and how to arrive at the correct answer
Week Two: Friday
- Do exercises for the work you did on Thursday. Concentrate on improving performance
Another week out of the way.
- NOTE: You will be taking a test on the week-end, but don't worry that you did not work on the tests on which you made your highest scores.
For right now, the important thing is to keep working on the lowest scores
- On Monday, you will start out working on the section on which you received your highest score in test #3
You may be wondering why you keep taking these wretched tests!
- Study after study shows that the best way to do well on the SAT I
Reasoning Test is to Practice.
- This means taking tests.
Week Three: Sunday
- Write the essay following the essay guide. Try to write the five-paragraph essay in 25 minutes, including an introduction, three examples with reflections, and a conclusion tying the whole thing together
- If it takes longer, mark your place at 25 minutes and continue on
- This week you will begin the process of whittling down your writing time to 25 minutes
Week Three: Monday
- Score your test, keeping track of the grade for each of the three parts
Week Three: Tuesday
- Work on the tests on which you received your BEST score
- Correct the questions you missed, and be sure you understand the reasoning behind the answers.
Week Three: Wednesday
- Read Essay Tips(LINK)
- Write the essay from Practice Test 8, in your College Guide to the New SATs, or choose a topic from one of your workbooks
- Do not "select" the topic by what appeals to you. Put your finger on one and go with it. Write down your times
- Remember, on the test, you have to get this done in 25 minutes
Week Three: Thursday
- Go over your essay, correct it, check spelling, punctuation, and content. IF you exceeded the time limit, note what you could have done to finish within 25 minutes
Week Three: Friday
- You will be taking Practice Test 4 tomorrow
- Go over your lowest scoring sections from Test #3 today, in preparation for tomorrow's test
- Do workbook exercises for this subject
Study SATS Plan: Week Four: Saturday
Don't give up on your study SATs plan, you are over half-way home.
Week Four: Sunday
- Don't do any SAT studying today. You are over half-way to the test, take a break
eek Four: Monday-Friday
- Back to work
- Score test #4, and look carefully at each section
- This week, concentrate most of your time on the section in which your scores are the lowest. For instance math. Review math concepts that you don't know or can't remember, identify types of problems that are difficult for you: (e.g. functions, trig. probability, etc) and review the basic concepts for:
- Critical Reading
- Multiple Choice Writing
- Study from workbooks, choosing exercises that math your weaknesses or that review particular topics
Study SATs Plan: Week Five: Saturday
If necessary, trim your time on the essay. Remember what is required
Keep to your Study Sats Plan
- Take SAT Practice Test #5, all in one sitting, and strictly timed
Week Five: Sunday
- Score your test
- Evaluate your essay with the guidelines on the essay page
- Total your scores
Week Five: Monday to Wednesday
- Begin an organized plan based on the test you took on the weekend
- Divide the test into the three sections, math, Critical Reading, and Multiple Choice Writing
- Correct your errors, section by section over the next three days. As you work through the tests, be sure you understand how to do the problem you missed in math, what the correct answer means in the Critical Reading and Multiple Choice Writing sections
- In the Sentence Completion portions of the Critical Reading Tests:
- Write down dictionary meanings of any words you did not recognize in the answer choices
Check to be sure you paid attention to work clues in the sentences
- Be sure you understand the strategies for these particular kinds of questions
Week Five: Thursday
- Choose the subject in which you have the lowest scores. Take 2 of that subject's tests from Practice Test #8
- Score your tests
Week Five: Friday
- Take the third subject test from test # 8
- Combine your scores and figure out your test score for that section, using the scoring information and tables that follow test 8 in the Official Study Guide for the New SAT
Study SATs Plan: Week Six: Saturday
YOU ARE STARTING YOUR LAST WEEK BEFORE THE TEST:
Study SATs Plan - SIX DAYS TO GO, HANG IN THERE! Sunday: Week Six
- Score test #6
- Figure out your scores for each section
- Review each section of the test, correcting your errors, and being sure you understand the reasoning behind the correct answer, and how you got
the wrong answer
Week Six: Monday to Wednesday
Consider Princeton Review Last Minute Guide to the New SATs
From Test # 7, from "The Official SAT Study Guide"
- Do one sentence completion exercise each day, score it and study your mistakes and the correct answers
- Do one short or long Critical Reading passage each day, score and analyze
- Do one math test each day
Week Six: Thursday
- Review any areas of weakness. If using Princeton Last Minute Guide, work on Section two, solving problems
Week Six: Friday
Tomorrow is the big day.
The only studying you should do today is to review any concepts about which you are still concerned
Get your supplies together the night before:
Your "THINGS-TO-BRING" list for SAT test day
- SAT Ticket
- Picture ID
- Calculator - install new batteries earlier in the week
- Watch- keep track of the time yourself
- Sweater or jacket-easier to take off layers
than to be unprepared in a cold room
- THREE # TWO LEAD PENCILS
- Water or other beverages
- Snacks for breaks: Food is essential for any part of the Study SATs Plan
- Headache medicine if inclined
OTHER Study SATs Plan ACTIVITIES FOR THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE TEST:
- Avoid caffeine after 4 P.M.
- Prepare your supplies to take with you
- Don't study SATs
- Go to bed at a reasonable time and get a good night sleep
Week Seven: TEST DAY
- Get up (This is huge and a key element of the Study SATs Plan.)
- Eat breakfast. Every study shows...I know you have heard it a million times, but it's true. Your brain will function better, particularly at math
- Plan to be at the site at least twenty minutes early, and plan for heavy traffic areas
Week Seven: AT THE TEST
- Don't discuss the test with anyone during the breaks. Some people will cheat by asking questions during the breaks and then changing their original answers when they return to their desks
- Keep track of the time on your own
- Remember you have a right to have the full amount of time written at the top of the test, to complete each exam
- Directions for the tests, given by the proctor, are not given during the assigned time for the test
- You have a right to two breaks
- You have a right to have a reasonably quiet test environment
- The proctor should not engage in an undue amount of conversation during the test periods, and should not be talking on a cell phone
- If conditions for the test are difficult or something makes it impossible
for you to complete the test, (like, say, projectile vomiting
or an obnoxious person bothering you, etc. ) you have, technically,
72 hours to "cancel" your test after you leave. However, my one student who tried that after becoming ill, could not get trough on the phone to the College Board number until three days later.
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