How much time do I need to study for the SAT?

January 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Posted in SAT Advice | Leave a comment

There is no “magic” number of hours that will guarantee you success on the SAT. Every student is different, and therefore every student has different needs when it comes to preparing for the most important exam of their lives. In order to determine how much you should study however, there are a few things you can do.

First, take a practice exam (you can find a SAT Math diagnostic on Perfect800, or you can use a full length exam from the College Board’s Blue Book) and score yourself. Then, compare your score with the median (50th percentile) SAT score of those admitted to your choice schools in previous years. This will give you a sense of where you stand in comparison to the “average” student admitted to your school. No matter where you stand in relation to these scores, you will likely want to improve your score to increase your chances of admittance. At Perfect800, we recommend practicing SAT questions daily for a few months leading up to the exam. Pay special attention to those questions you miss, and if possible, revisit these questions as the exam date gets nearer (On Perfect800, we automatically save all questions you missed previously).

Obviously, the more time you spend preparing for the exam, the better off you will be going in, but some methods of preparation are definitely recommended above others. For example, while it can be helpful to listen to (or read) someone else’s opinions on the exam, the time isn’t as valuable as time spent practicing test questions. In all reality, becoming “good” at the SAT isn’t much different from becoming “good” at anything else – it requires lots of practice and hard work. For a free SAT Math diagnostic exam, simply sign up for Perfect800 then go to “Serious Mode.” Good luck in your studies!


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