[web_stories title=”false” excerpt=”false” author=”false” date=”false” archive_link=”true” archive_link_label=”” circle_size=”150″ sharp_corners=”false” image_alignment=”left” number_of_columns=”1″ number_of_stories=”5″ order=”DESC” orderby=”post_title” view=”circles” /]How to get good SATs results | How to Improve Your SAT Score, If you’re getting ready to take the SAT for the first time, check out this post for some great tips. If you’ve already taken the SAT once and want to increase your score
Whether you are looking for a higher SAT score to increase your college opportunities or qualify for more scholarships, we’re here to help. Most students who take the SAT again improve their scores, so we encourage students to take the SAT twice—once in the spring of their junior year and once in the fall of their senior year. (But we offer the SAT many times during the school year, so you can choose whichever dates work best for you.)
How to get good SATs results | How to Improve Your SAT Score
Here are some specific steps you can take to improve:
Decide on a target score range
Take some time to think about what your SAT score will help you accomplish. Maybe earning a certain score will help you stand out to your dream college or maybe you need to improve by 50 points to meet the application requirements for a scholarship. Having a clear goal will help you know how much you need to improve and, most importantly, stay motivated as you prepare to take the SAT again.
Register for the SAT
Now that you know the score range you’re aiming for, look at the upcoming SAT dates and decide when you’d like to take the test again. Choose a date that works with your college application timeline and gives you enough time to practice before the test. We recommend practicing for 6–8 weeks before your SAT so you can study a little bit at a time instead of cramming.
Set up a practice schedule
Here’s the good news: You don’t need to pay for a private tutor or an SAT prep class to improve your SAT scores. Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy is the most official and comprehensive SAT study resource available—and it’s completely free. Our research shows that more time on Official SAT Practice is associated with higher SAT scores.
Here’s how to get started:
- Sign up for a free Official SAT Practice account on Khan Academy. While you’re signing up, link your Khan Academy and College Board accounts so Khan Academy can use your past SAT scores to personalize your study plan.
- Once you’ve signed up, click on the Create Schedule button in your account dashboard. Then enter the day you’re taking the SAT (see step 2) and set up a personalized study schedule leading up to that date. As you create your schedule, really think about when you’ll be able to study and what time of day works best for you. Khan Academy will send you an email reminder each day you committed to studying to help you stick to your plan. Think about how many points you’re hoping to improve your score by and make sure you’ve set aside enough practice time to reach that goal.
Use these best practices to guide your study time
You’ve signed up for Khan Academy, you have your practice schedule mapped out—now it’s time to get practicing. Improving your SAT score means spending study time on Official SAT Practice, but its how you spend your time that matters the most
Take a full-length SAT practice test
As shared above, taking a full-length practice test is one of the three best practices for maximizing your time on Khan Academy. Once you’ve been practicing for a couple weeks on Official SAT Practice, set aside time for a full practice test. It’ll probably be easiest to do on a weekend since you’ll need a little over three hours to complete the test. Our research shows that the score you get on one of our official practice tests taken within 30 days of your test date is highly predictive of the score you’ll get on the actual SAT. We recommend that all students take at least one practice test about two weeks before taking the SAT but take more if you have time or if you have a very ambitious score increase goal.
Retake the SAT
Now you’re ready for the real thing. You’ve planned, you’ve practiced, and now you’re ready to take the SAT again. Get a good night’s sleep before test day and follow our test day checklist to make sure you have everything you need. Be confident knowing you put in the hard work and you’re ready to do your best.
Once you have taken your SAT, your scores will be available to you in about two weeks. View your SAT score report online and you will find lots of valuable information about how you performed.