SAT Scores?

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  1. Commander_Tyler

    Commander_Tyler Member

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    My SAT scores are currently not where I want them to be. I have a 540 in Math, 560 in Reading, and a 530 in Writing. I'm trying to improve like 150 points in each section so my first question is does anyone have any tips on getting a better score. And my second question is around when should I have the SAT scores I need by? Thanks everyone!


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  2. USNAco2019hopeful

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    If you didn't notice when taking the test, the math portion normally has a sizable amount of geometry questions, so brushing up in that could improve math a little bit
     
  3. Dixieland

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    I would switch to the ACT. My USMA grad did infinitely better on the ACT than the SAT. And he kept taking it over and over because West Point superscores so you can always keep your highest score.

    The Army has an SAT/ACT study tool: https://www.march2success.com/
     
  4. Commander_Tyler

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    I have taken the ACT as well and I got
    English 24, Math 24, Reading 27, Science 22, Composite 24.But I thought the SAT was easier so I was going to try to focus on it.


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  5. BigNick

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    1. Take a course (not on-line). They are a little expensive but will help you improve your scores
    2. Take the SAT every time it is given - WP "superscores" these tests. That is - you get credit for the highest scores
    3. Get a book with previous SAT tests and pick 20-30 questions each night to test yourself. Make sure you know exactly why and learn from each missed question.

    You should not be satisfied until all of your scores - especially math - are over 650. Your goal should be 700s. Of course, there are many factors that are considered in the Admissions process, but the higher the scores the more likely you will be admitted.

    Equally important on your academic evaluation- work hard to get a higher class standing.
     
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    Thanks a lot BigNick!


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  7. UMDTOUSAFA?

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    for the math portion, do practice math sections of the test and see how you do, and from there see which particular types of problems you had trouble with and learn how to do those. This will save you time and improve your score the most! I jumped 200 points in math between my first and second test doing this.
     
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    My son, New Cadet USMA 2018, benefited greatly from an SAT Prep class. I suggest taking that this summer. The average SAT Math/Verbal combination for the class was in the 1260-1270 range.
     
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    For the math, you can use Khan academy. I believe they go over every math problem on a test and include explanations.
     
  10. derfllon69

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    Bignick is right on point. The standardized testing tests your knowledge base and your ability to properly interpret the question. Taking tests over and over with help you understand the questioning format but is limited in increasing your knowledge base. Formal classes and/or one on one tutoring will yield the most improvement. Whatever you do, do something, anything to improve your scores. Not everyone has the time or money to take extra formalized classes. Take the ACTs at least once. Some find the ACT testing format more agreeable. Good luck.
     
  11. runorrun

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    Personally, the blue SAT book from College Board helped me a lot! It has previous actual previous SAT tests. You can get it from the college board website or just any big-name bookstore should have it as well. Good luck!


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  12. Petry7

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    Buy a couple review books with past sat tests, do them, and go over the answers for every question you get wrong. Try and study an hour or two each day and retake the actual test as many times as you can. I Started with a 550CR 550M and ended up 670CR 660M by doing this. A large part of doing well on the test is actually preparing for it and getting accustomed to the questions. Good Luck!
     

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