The SAT is a high school standardized test considered by most colleges and universities in the process of admission Students can take SAT in any high school grade 9th – 12th. Most students take the test in Junior year. Juniors usually take them in Spring or Summer. Since high school junior and senior years are busy it’s hard for students to keep up with all the activities. 

With all the various school activities, they have to prepare for SAT exam too. An effective study plan for the test prep plays a very important. It helps the student to determine when to take the test, what will be the expected score, and how many hours they need to put in test prep. Here we will show you how to prepare an effective study plan for SAT. We have divided the scores into five ranges. Depending on the score range, you can check the point increment and hours of preparation Let’s go through the case study for a High school junior who is planning to take the test in March 2022. 

Table 1: Proposed Study Plan

Case study: 

As shown in Table 2, if you are a Junior and have taken your SAT practice/Actual test in the month of October 2021 and you scored 1350. Then you belong to the range of 1301-1500 and you can increase 200 points in the next attempt. As you can see in Table 1, 45 study hours you will have to dedicate for SAT which is equivalent to about 4 months with AP test and 2 months without AP test. So, if you can put the total of 45 hours (30 hours of class and 15 hours of homework) then there are high chances you can score around 1550 on the next attempt. And if you can add a few more hours, you might score 1600 too. 

But not everyone has four or two months to commit to studying for the SAT. So, if you’ve only got a month to get started, don’t worry; you can still increase your score. You just need to be willing to clock in the necessary amount of study time whenever possible.

There are limitations to this, though. If you want to improve your SAT score by something close to 200 or 400 points (70+ hours of study time), one month likely won’t give you enough time to do so. For a plan like this to work, you’d have to study about 17-18 hours a week, or more than four hours a day! This is way too much time for anyone to dedicate entirely to SAT prep. At this rate, you’re guaranteed to burn out after a day or two!

By building this type of study plan you get the insight of whole test prep. You can also decide the better test date depending on your practice test score, points to increase, and hours required for the preparation. 

Same way freshmen, sophomores, and seniors can also make the plan accordingly. 

Table 2: Case Study for 11th Grade-Junior

Smart Strategy for SAT Preparation: Now, let’s take a look at how to study for the SAT in a month using the simple eight-step plan. If you have taken the practice test and whatever your test score then prepares according to the following steps:

Step 1: Decide the target score goal.

Step 2: Take the practice test.

Step 3: Figure out the points to increase.

Step 4: Identify the strengths and areas of improvement subject-wise and topic-wise.

Step 5: Create a Study Plan as shown in Table 1.

Step 6: Prepare first high-priority subjects and topics.

Step 7: Take practice individual subject tests to check the improvement.

Step 8: Take the full-length test before the actual test.

To score high students can use Socrato to practice online and get insights beyond scores. Socrato’s Companion Series helps you get the most from your Official Study Guide. Moreover, Understanding the syllabus can help you prepare for tests and avoid nasty surprises on test days. Moreover, it will help you in preparing an optimal study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses in different subject areas.

Smart Strategy for SAT preparation downloads free SAT e-Book. Grade your SAT practice test bubble-sheet online to get a detailed Socrato diagnostic report.

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