It is not easy to score 1600 in SAT but no one said that it is impossible. Essentially, perfection is required during the prep as the SAT is not so forgiving.
If we talk about sections, in Reading, one can afford to miss only 1 or 2 questions, in Math one has to get every question correct and in Writing, one can miss 1 question at most. In broad strokes, the preparation will require a lot of hard work, a lot of smart work and some amount of luck. Let’s dig deeper into the preparation strategies.
1. Always use HIGH-QUALITY resources or practice materials
Unlike other tests you take at school, SAT is different and weird in its own way as it presents concepts in bizarre ways. The concepts are twisted and made unfamiliar which ends up confusing the students.
So to make sure one excels this test, one needs the highest quality resources. As the questions are framed in a peculiar way, one needs to learn the patterns of the questions. One can go for official practice tests by the College Board and try taking at least 10-15 full-length practice tests
Using incompetent resources will end up implanting wrong concepts and patterns. So, collect good test-prep materials and study using them only.
2. Improving the SAT score is about QUALITY FIRST, QUANTITY SECOND
One must not pound his or her head against the wall and use a brute approach by getting through every single book they have. As tempting as just focusing on getting work done might be, understanding the weaknesses is what takes real time and energy. Students must make sure they get most of their studying by making it as efficient as possible. Understand the pattern of the passages, questions, and the options. Get used to the SAT Paper pattern.
3. Being RUTHLESS towards mistakes
Every mistake made on a test happens for a reason. Understanding EXACTLY why a particular question was missed will prevent the student from making that mistake again and again. Consistent errors will end up holding back the score. Students should mark every question even if they are 10% unsure about it during practice. They must learn to review the correctly answered ones. Taking notes of the gist of the question, why it was missed and what needs to be done in future to avoid that mistake are a few practices every student must swear by to safeguard their score. One can do this by asking themselves these 5-WHYs:
1. Why did I pick the wrong answer choice?
2. Why did the wrong answer choice have a phrase that was in the passage, but otherwise the meaning was wrong?
3. Why didn’t I fully understand the passage?
4. Why did I read the passage too quickly?
5. Why was I scared of running out of time?
4. Tracing the patterns of weakness and DRILLING THEM TO PERFECTION
Spending time on the areas that will get the biggest score improvement is very critical because of the limited time. But one must also learn to deal with topics which are difficult and uncomfortable. Students should drill themselves on those specific types of questions until they develop their own strategy for solving the questions.
5. ELIMINATING careless-errors
Students should double-check their answers as the SAT asks tricky questions. Students should make it a practice to underline what the question asks. Another practice can be writing what the question is looking for in the scratch area. It might sound like extra work, it will be helpful in defeating careless errors by having a FAIL-PROOF system.
6. Developing efficient study habits
Getting most out of every hour should be on one’s list if he/she is highly motivated to score a perfect 1600. Learning how to study more effectively has huge returns on student’s time.
1. Students should create a schedule and force themselves to stick to it.
2. Students have so many distractions at their fingertips that they need to let go off.
3. Students should learn to channel the frustration into learning and growth.
7. Saving some time to double check the answers
Aiming for a top score requires students to finish each section ahead of time to give themself time to double check their answers. It is a good thumb rule to finish the section at 4 minutes to spare. Students should avoid being stuck at a question for more than 30 seconds. They can come back to it later.
8. Controlling the mind during the test
Vying for a perfect 1600 builds a pressure but there is no room for error. Students should not psych themselves if they are having trouble with a question. Students need to trust the amount of work they have put into preparation and not let the stress ruin the test.
With these strategies in your knowledge, we hope you achieve your desired score. In case you need help, feel free to get in touch with us by filling our assistance form.