SAT: Basic Tips to Improve Your Score - FamilyEducation

To Change Your SAT Score, Change the Way You Take the Test

You can improve your SAT score by changing the way you prepare for and take tests.

Duh! I know that point seems incredibly obvious but according to many SAT "experts," the best way to improve your math score is to take lots of advanced math classes and the best way to improve your reading score is to read a lot of good books and the best way to improve your writing score is to write a lot. Gee, thanks for the hot tip!

Don't get me wrong. I encourage you to do these things—they'll improve your mind—but they're not going to change your SAT scores very much.

Here's why. First, the SAT requires a very different skill set and mindset than those required to do well in your regular classroom activities.

What's more, apart from some admittedly college-level vocabulary, and reviewing some grammar and math you've already covered in school, there aren't a whole lot of facts or formulas you need to know for the SAT. So the only way to raise your SAT score is to change the way you take the test. And if you want to change your SAT score a lot, you have to change the way you take the test—a lot.

Fortunately, it doesn't take that long to get the hang of powerful new math, reading, and writing strategies for the SAT. Don't worry, I'll show you how.