I need to increase my SAT I score by 300 points…





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By Jason817 (Jason817) on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 01:24 pm: Edit

by October 2003.

How would I go about doing this? Just studying doesn’t help me (trust me, I tried). I already have all the study books I need (over $300 worth). What else should I do?

How do I get the right mindset?
Are there any strategies I should follow while studying the books?
Why is my score SO MUCH lower on my real SAT than any practice test (i.e. 10 Real SATS) even though I am not nervous?
General question: How do I study? Should I just read the books and do practice problems along the way?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is my last summer break before the SAT’s. I can’t screw this up if I want to get into UC Berkeley

By Jason817 (Jason817) on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 03:04 pm: Edit

bump. plz help!

By Yeah10 (Yeah10) on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 03:13 pm: Edit

thers no way your gona do it. your just a stupid kid that tries too hard in school

By Studiousvegetar (Studiousvegetar) on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 03:21 pm: Edit

Do you get nervous?

By Wawalu223 (Wawalu223) on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 03:53 pm: Edit

Hey Jason,

I assume you're a junior so it's nearly impossible to bring up your SAT score by 300 pts in such a short amount of time. Set a resonable goal, perhaps 100-150 pts or so. I find reading the newspaper and classic novels help with the verbal section. Just keep doing problems to bring your math grade up.

By Pimpdaddy (Pimpdaddy) on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 03:56 pm: Edit

Impossible? i think not, just READ READ READ. And work through the test carefully to make sure you dont make any stupid mistakes. When i first took the PSATs soph year, i had a 63v, 68m, 58wr, or a 189 total. Junior year, i used did the stuff i mentioned above, and went to a 80m, 80v, 76wr, 236 combined. If ure counting, thats a 290 point combined m/v increase. You have all of summer vacation to gain this increase, and im pretty sure u can do it.

By Jason817 (Jason817) on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 04:00 pm: Edit

Thanks. A 200 pt increase is the absolute minimum

By Jason817 (Jason817) on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 04:01 pm: Edit

no I dont get nervous. I was pretty relaxed on test day.

By Diconoclastx (Diconoclastx) on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 04:55 pm: Edit

It also depends on your current score. If you have a 900, then you prolly have a good chance. If you have a 1400, you can forget about it :).

By Jason817 (Jason817) on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 05:07 pm: Edit

I got an 1190

By Reeses (Reeses) on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 05:10 pm: Edit

glad to hear someone's going through the same thing as I am. I had a PSAT of 1210, and the sat is in two weeks!!! I'm going to have to study a lot over the summer. DOes anyone know of any really really good prep books? What did everyone that's getting these high scores do to study?

By Vaj (Vaj) on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 05:30 pm: Edit

I'm in the same boat

By Virgo007 (Virgo007) on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 06:32 pm: Edit

I have the same problem. My Verbal score is going up, but my math is lingering in the mid 600's. I have no idea how to fix it! Nothing seems to be working.

By Demonllama (Demonllama) on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 08:00 pm: Edit

just review a lot. know what problems and areas are your weakpoints and focus on them. If you didn't do well on say, analogies, study vocab! Read more and focus on what you're reading, which will help on critical reading. For math, just do a lot of practice problems. learn helpful strategies, such as plugging in, etc. Don't put off reviewing until the last week- that won't help you much.

By Andy7733 (Andy7733) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 12:16 am: Edit

take the friday off from school the day before, do some practice tests, and relax. enjoy your day. it will be a nice break, either way, and if you do well on your SATs, consider it gravy. worked for me!

By Rubenizm (Rubenizm) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 01:53 am: Edit

get a geometry and an algebra book and read them. If you're getting less than 700 on the math, you don't know them well. math is easy, just practice and read math books. I've brough my scores from
1040 - fresh psat 47v, 61m, 49w
1100 - practice test freshman/sophomore summer
1230 - soph psat 57v, 66m, 76w
1340 - real sat taken in school as practice 600v, 740m

and i do more practice so i'm shooting for
800math and 700 english.
I don't know how you can improve verbal(mine improved naturally as i came to the us 3 months before i took the freshman psat), but math is pretty easily improved by practice. Just review algebra/geometry and practice. You're bound to improve you score.

By Greenmoo04 (Greenmoo04) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 03:09 am: Edit

Uh...47 and 61 is 108; not 104. :D

By Jason817 (Jason817) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 11:12 am: Edit

I've never gotten below a 700 (math) on my practice tests. I've even got as high as a 750. But somehow, I scored a 600 Math on the May 3. Doesn't make sense.

By Pat57575 (Pat57575) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 11:26 am: Edit

Jason, if I were you I'd just try to forget the may 3 test. It was just a bad test for you-- it's not an indicator of your capability. Trust me, it just takes a few test administrations to get into the swing of things. My score jumped by 60 points from my 1st to 2nd test, and another 70 from my 2nd to 3rd. (I'm convinced I'd go up again if I retook it) These tests were only a month or two apart, and the only prep I did between them was working the questions of the day at collegeboard.com and memorizing a couple small word lists (a total of no more than 300 words). Just shake the May test off and go into the next one with confidence.

By Mattymatt (Mattymatt) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 11:43 am: Edit

"Just studying doesn’t help me (trust me, I tried). I already have all the study books I need (over $300 worth). What else should I do?"

Look you can pad the guy with all the nourishment that you want to. But look at it realisticaly. He has already studied from prep books ($300 worth might i add) and only improved minimumly. Not everyone is capable of scoring 1400 plus. To assume that you can imrpove 200-300 points over a summer is ludacris when considering that you already are fimialr with most of the strategies and all. It would be a different story if you have never opened up a prep book prior to this but unfortubatly that is not the case..

By Pat57575 (Pat57575) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 06:55 pm: Edit

mattymatt- By scoring at least 700 on all his practice math tests, he has shown that he IS capable of knocking his score up at least 100 points (he got 600m on the may test). 200-300 might be a different story, but I think 1300-1350 is definitely an "in the ballpark" goal for him. I feel it's reasonable to assume that most people make more careless mistakes on their first real test than later ones, whether they know it or not.

Jason- Remember to stay focused during the real test, and read every question very thoroughly. Check your answers if time permits too.

By Whatsthedealio (Whatsthedealio) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 07:24 pm: Edit

If you aren't getting the scores you want with self study, take a Princeton Review SAT class over the summer. If you're not nervous, then maybe something just isn't clicking. Keep practicing, take a class so you can get help on where you're going wrong, and your score will definitely go up. You're asking for a lot to increase it 300 points, which might be unrealistic - aim for as high as you can get, but don't get fixated on a specific score or increase too much. You'll just screw yourself up and make yourself nervous for the retake. The SAT ain't everything.

By Mattymatt (Mattymatt) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 07:27 pm: Edit

Pat while I agree that 100 points is possible his expectations are unrealistic

"A 200 pt increase is the absolute minimum "

By Jason817 (Jason817) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 10:14 pm: Edit

My goal is UC Berkeley and UCLA. With a less than 1350, I will have no chance in getting in.

By Cuponoodles (Cuponoodles) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 10:46 pm: Edit

I don't get it. I think 200 pts. is absolutely possible. Just get a big-arse practice SAT Vocab book. Memorize all the words (completely possible over summer vacation). Read some books. Do the practice math tests.

By Cuponoodles (Cuponoodles) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 10:46 pm: Edit

I don't get it. I think 200 pts. is absolutely possible. Just get a big-arse practice SAT Vocab book. Memorize all the words (completely possible over summer vacation). Read some books. Do the practice math tests.

By Satsuki (Satsuki) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 10:49 pm: Edit

Are you an in-state applicant or out-of-state, Jason? Because a SAT score less than 1350 won't kill you. I know a lot of people who got into Cal & UCLA with around 1100 on their SATs(they're in-state). So you don't need to feel frustrated if you score lower than 1 1350, as long as you're well-rounded, you should be fine.

By Jason817 (Jason817) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 10:50 pm: Edit

I am in-state but my EC's and SAT II's are pretty weak.

By L1censet0k1ll (L1censet0k1ll) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 11:23 pm: Edit

its not impossible, if you live in texas that is. http://www.testmasters.com don't mess with texas

By Haithman (Haithman) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 11:24 pm: Edit

If iam a freshman do you think a 400 point raise is possible by time iam done highschool or am i just dreaming???

By Jason817 (Jason817) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 11:30 pm: Edit

its possible. One of my friends got a 1080 sophomore year, 1200 Junior year PSAT, and then a 1410 on the March 2003 test. That's a 330 point increase. You can get 400 since you have an extra year.

Also note, you're taking the new SAT right? That's out of 2400 so a 1600 on that is nothing special...

By Jason817 (Jason817) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 11:34 pm: Edit

L1censet0k1ll: I wish I live in Texas!!!! If you took the course, can you give me the name of the book they used so I can see if I can buy it online somewhere?

By Jason817 (Jason817) on Tuesday, May 27, 2003 - 01:58 am: Edit

bump

By Jason817 (Jason817) on Tuesday, May 27, 2003 - 02:53 am: Edit

If it matters, I am taking a one-week course in Stanford called Education Unlimited College Prep Camp. Anyone heard of it?

http://www.educationunlimited.com/Camps/college/capc/capc.htm

I think it's pretty stupid. My parents are making me take it. It's too much fun activities and not enough hitting the books.

By Ndhawk (Ndhawk) on Tuesday, May 27, 2003 - 02:25 pm: Edit

"I think it's pretty stupid. My parents are making me take it. It's too much fun activities and not enough hitting the books. "

Haha, you're the antithesis of me.... It's quite expensive, 2 thousand dollars for a little over a week, crazy..... I went to this thing at Duke's Talent Identification program a few years back, and that was 2 thousand dollars for three weeks, and the thing I'm going to this summer is all expenses paid for six weeks, and I'm hoping that there's not enough hitting the books. Try and take the Princeton Review or Kaplan for the SAT, I know Princeton Review has this one Ivybound course that guarantees a 1400, you have to have a 1250 to begin with though, I took it, but I probably would have had a 1400 anyways though, I ended up with a 1470, its 670 verbal, I was considering wasting away a summer, but its good enough so I dont think I'll take it again.

By Jason817 (Jason817) on Tuesday, May 27, 2003 - 03:35 pm: Edit

i would take that except I don't have the min. requirement.

By Virgo007 (Virgo007) on Tuesday, May 27, 2003 - 04:14 pm: Edit

I got a 1220. I'm taking the June Test..is it possible to go up atleast 100 points with the studying that I've done?

By L1censet0k1ll (L1censet0k1ll) on Thursday, May 29, 2003 - 04:32 pm: Edit

well for those interested in Testmasters they have every copy of every sat ever administered. these guys are the CIA of the SAT. i haven't taken these guys course because its about $599 per person.

By Virgo007 (Virgo007) on Thursday, May 29, 2003 - 05:34 pm: Edit

I'm going to the same place. The tutor I have has every copy of the SAT (released AND unreleased), he has SAT II's, and curves, definitions given to ETS employees. I played $650 from April to October for SAT I and SAT II's.

By L1censet0k1ll (L1censet0k1ll) on Thursday, May 29, 2003 - 08:08 pm: Edit

wait your going to testmasters? how much studying have you done anyways?

By Virgo007 (Virgo007) on Friday, May 30, 2003 - 07:44 pm: Edit

no not testmasters. a tutoring place.


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