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Your Comprehensive Guide to Acing the October SAT: 7 Expert Tips

Hello everyone! Laura Whitmore here from STP, and today we're diving into a topic as seasonal as pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween—how to conquer the October SAT. If you're looking to improve your SAT scores, you're in the right place. Just remember, the success of these tips hinges on your commitment to following the plan to the letter—no shortcuts allowed. Stick with me, and you'll see a significant bump in your scores.

Tip #1: Light Your Motivational Fire

Your journey begins with finding your why. Maybe it's an Ivy League dream, sibling rivalry, or athletic ambitions—whatever it is, let it fuel you. What drives you? Let me know in the comments below!

Tip #2: Define Your Goal Score

Understanding the SAT score requirements of your dream colleges or programs will help you set a realistic yet challenging target. From my own personal experience coaching hundreds of students, I have found that student-athletes looking to play D1, D2, or D3 in college should aim for a 1300+ to keep all doors open. Those aiming for top-tier colleges should know that a 1530+ is equivalent to a perfect score, according to admissions officers. Admissions committees do not get nit-picky over a few tens of points when you're scoring that high, so if you're aiming for perfect, you can adjust your goal to a 1530+.

Tip #3: Focus, Focus, Focus

Every study session should count. Identify your weak areas—be it English or Math—and spend more time there. Please see my YouTube video on how to read your score report so that you can identify your weaknesses and know how to improve. Being strategic about where you focus your energies can pay off big time.

Tip #4: Opt for Quality Resources

Real materials from College Board are always best! Make sure you're practicing out of tests that were administered within the past couple of years (especially for the math), as the math concepts have changed drastically over time. If you're taking the DSAT, seek out other resources like Khan Academy and the Preptly app.

Tip #5: Maintain a Consistent Study Schedule

Consistency is key. Dedicate one day a week to full-length practice exams and another day for analyzing your performance. Use the most recent official tests, and try to emulate exam conditions as closely as possible. After the test, resist the urge to correct your wrong answers immediately; instead, try to understand why you got them wrong. This approach will help you think like the College Board, which is where I come in as your test-prep coach.

Tip #6: Master the Art of Vocabulary

For many, particularly those taking the digital SAT, vocabulary can be a stumbling block. Instead of rote memorization, focus on understanding the roots, prefixes, and suffixes, most of which are derived from Latin and Greek. This knowledge will allow you to make educated guesses during the exam.

For a list of roots, prefixes and suffixes that are common on the SAT, please see my blog

Tip #7: Consider Hiring a Tutor

While self-study has its merits, a knowledgeable tutor can provide tailored strategies that match your goals. If that's out of your budget, don't hesitate to seek advice from friends or classmates who've scored well. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s a strategy for success.

We have amazing tutors here at STP who were all former students of mine! This exceptional group of students took their scores from the 1300-range to a 1500+. They can show you how, too!

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I'd love to talk to you about our programs and how we can help YOU succeed!

In Summary

And there you have it—seven comprehensive tips that cover everything from motivation and focus areas to resource selection and professional guidance. With dedication, the right resources, and a solid strategy, you are all set to ace the October SAT. Stay committed, and I promise, you'll see the rewards. Good luck!


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