Best ways to prep for the SAT without taking a course?
Also, write the vocabulary words from the book on index cards and practice definitions, spelling, meaning during down times – in the car, waiting for someone, getting ready for bed.
In addition to the practice book, some versions include a CD/ROM that you can use on your computer. It takes care of the scoring, which makes studying easier. It usually includes an explanation and/or website links to help you learn how to answer questions correctly.
Take an outside SAT prep course, like Kaplan or Princeton Review, preferably by yourself. (If you’re not in class with your buddies, you’ll be less distracted.) Ask about class sizes – go for the one that has the lowest teacher:student ratio.
These courses are more intense and time-consuming, but you’ll learn more than you would in a crowded school setting.
I think the most important thing is to get comfortable working in silence for long periods of time. It’s very hard to focus on a long test when you’re used to noise and distractions. Set up a very quiet place to work and use a timer. No TV, cell phone, computer, or music. Try to simulate the actual test conditions, without the creep behind you sniffling every five seconds. (YUCK!)
Increase your quiet study time a little bit every week until you’re able to work for an hour or more without stopping. It’s an endurance test, of sorts.
Best of luck!
The English teacher recommends us learn 10 words a night (make flashcard with: definition, part of speech, and sentence w/the word so you can remember it) for vocab. For reading comp she gave us some strategies and just told us to do at least 2 a day of those. (all types of passages 2 long ones comparison, short ones, medium one, etc.) she gave us different techniques for each but I think those r listed in the barrons book. (like read only the first sentence of each paragraph and then go back for questions.)
For the essay just do the prompts. I have a Kaplan Premier Edition SAT book and it’s really helpful too. It has a software and gives u online access to http://www.kaplan.com where they grade your essays, give u practice questions, chart your progress, etc. So if you don’t get a tutor/go to a prep course u should try this book and take advantage of the essay prompts so you can get an estimate of your essay score.
For math my teacher isn’t so helpful so we didn’t get any strategies or anything. But for math I think all you can do is just do packets of questions and w/e concepts u don’t get use the book, ask the teacher, go to a prep course, etc. The math part is very straightforward though so they don’t really try to trick you like for the english. just get the answer. 🙂
Anyways i hope this helped. The best recommendation is just to do all the above and set aside time every night to actually do them. Thats the hardest part O_O good luck XD
One thing to add, try looking at review books that are dedicated only to a particular subject. I have found the ones dedicated to SAT math or SAT verbal to be much more comprehensive than the book that tries to give you a general overview.
You can sign up for the SAT Question of the Day through your e-mail and it will come in and give you an opportunity to see and work out similar questions.
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