Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.

This past summer I was trying to find an inexpensive way to study for my SAT in addition to the school provided prep book. I knew that I needed to study harder and smarter to reach my goal score. So, with my mom's help, I started to look for alternative study methods. We read articles about study tactics, formulas to memorizes, and critical reading techniques. All of those were helpful but ultimately we figured out that nothing could prepare me more for taking the test better than just taking it again. Multiple sources noted that taking the SAT more than once lead to improved scores and I have friends who had taken it upwards of seven times until they got the score that they wanted. It would have been great if I could have done the same thing, but spending hundreds of dollars just to take a test over and over again is not something that my family can afford. So, in order to circumvent that, I started to take a free practice SAT tests independently. The College Board has a bunch of old SAT PDF’s available and I made use of them. Every Friday I would start the day by getting up early, eating breakfast, and then walking to my kitchen table to take a full practice test. My mom helped by proctoring the test and making sure I didn’t run over my time limit. When I had finished the entire test, I would use the College Board app to grade it and then review the answers I got wrong. I did that every week for two months.

David from Illinois
High School Senior
Bloomington High School