Studying for the SAT Over the Summer Break

The next SAT test date is October 1st. While October may feel very far away at the moment, it will arrive sooner then you think. Summer break is the perfect time to start prepping for the October exam. You will be able to focus on the SAT without having extra school work to worry about. You should try your best to practice a little every day.

If you have already written the SAT, and plan to take it again in October, start by reviewing your online score report from the College Board. This will help you to find your strengths and the areas that need improvement. Use this information to develop a specific plan. Another option is to order the Question-and-Answer Service, which will send you your actual full SAT exam and a detailed score report.

If you are taking the exam for the first time, there are some great resources available to you on collegeboard.org. Make sure to sign up for the Official Question of the Day. This way you will get practice questions delivered to your Inbox every day. It is also a good idea to invest in some SAT books. We recommend: Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to SAT and Outsmarting the SAT.

It is very important to construct a detailed study plan and to stick with it. It doesn’t matter if you are taking the test for the first time, second time or even the tenth time, having a well thought out plan is key to making progress and mastering the skillset you will need to do well. Break the SAT down into its sections and focus on them one at a time. A good grammar book and a list of root words will help you to improve your scores on the Writing and Critical Reading sections. Try your best to study one hour a day on average. Studying over the summer break will give you a huge advantage; you will feel more prepared and have more time to concentrate on school work and applications in the fall.