When should I take the SAT?
You should take the SAT at least once during your junior year of high school. Most students take the SAT once or twice their junior year and once in the fall of their senior year.
When should I prepare for the SAT?
Any time after your sophomore year of high school. It is best to prepare right before you take the test because the material will be fresh and your test taking skills will be at their peak.
What type of score improvement can I expect?
Results will depend on your effort. On average my students improve 100 points per section (300 points overall) after completing the program.
The common factor among the most successful students is their effort. These students complete all lessons with a focus on learning and applying the techniques. They devote full attention to homework assignments and learn from their mistakes. They make it a priority to review vocabulary words twice a day and go to the test knowing 200+ words they didn’t know before. On the actual SAT they are able to focus and apply the information from the program.
Keep in mind the SAT is a performance based activity. Think of SAT prep like working with a trainer at the gym. Part of the client’s success comes from the information and inspiration provided by the trainer, but the client still has to do the work.
So your results will be based on your effort.
What is the PSAT and do I need to take it?
The PSAT is given each year in October and it serves two purposes: to qualify students for National Merit Scholarships (junior year only) & to offer students and parents feedback on potential SAT scores, strengths, and weaknesses.
All students are strongly encouraged to take the PSAT both sophomore and junior year.
Will College Prep’s SAT course prepare me for the PSAT?
Yes! The PSAT is a shorter version of the SAT and doesn’t have a written essay component. The rest of the questions on the PSAT are just like those on the SAT, so the SAT Mastermind will help you address the subject matter, test strategies, question types, and overall approach.
How do colleges look at my scores when I take the SAT more than once?
Colleges expect students to take the SAT more than once. Don’t panic that schools may see your lower scores; they are looking for and focus on your best score. Colleges will determine your best score in one of two ways: best total score from a single test date, or
best reading, math, and writing scores even if individual scores are taken from different test dates (often called super-scoring).
Can I keep taking the SAT until I get the score I want?
Taking the test over and over will not increase your score. Before you take the SAT for a third or fourth time you should change your preparation strategy — take a prep course or refresher, study new material, or implement a new approach. With proper preparation, it may be a good idea to re-take the SAT if you were unhappy with your previous scores.