Why the SATs are just like a sport
Of all the ways to get a better SAT score, research has shown that students improve the most simply by taking real practice tests. Think of the SATs like a sport: if you want to get better at basketball, you can read articles and watch videos all day about keeping your elbow in and following through on your jumper, but until you actually spend time in a gym and gets the reps in, you won’t get much better.
The SATs need to be approached the same way. It’s vital to figure out the right strategies and tips for each section of the test, but, ultimately, the only way to see significant improvement is to get your reps in a take real tests. Luckily, there are lots of FREE options to take real practice tests. CollegeBoard (the makers of the SAT) has 8 practice tests for free on their site that give detailed answers and score breakdowns. These tests are just like the real ones you will take, so they’re a perfect tool to help you get to whatever score you want.
Khan Academy has also created material with CollegeBoard that is catered to any skill level, so if you sign up, you can start practicing for FREE today!
Just like a sport, consistent practice is key. It’s hard to be a great athlete if you only go to the gym a couple times a month, and the same is true with SATs. Make sure you practice a little bit each day, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you improve.