By Danielle Anton,
The path you choose for studying for the SAT can have a major effect on the score that you end up getting, especially when you are taking it for the second time. Results from a nationwide study showed that students who took private SAT prep classes averaged scores 60 points higher on their SAT tests compared to those who did not take those classes.
Adult school here in Davis offers preparation classes to help you study for the SAT, you can enroll in a course to help you study for either math or English.
Grace Sauser, from partners in learning, administers the preparation class and really believes that taking a class and very much help improve your test grade.
“We offer a mock test two Saturdays prior to each SAT and ACT test. These mock tests simulate the conditions of the actual test. They are held at the same early morning time, are of the same duration, and follow the same proctoring script. This is an ideal way for students to prepare to perform to their full potential on the actual test day,” Sauser said.
Students are also assessed and then and then their study sessions are based on their strengths and weaknesses.
“I worked with my regular tutor on the math portion of the test the first time I took it, but I’m really glad I decided to take a prep course the second time. I could really tell the difference it made in my studying,” senior Cristina Puente said.
The second time Puente took the test she got a substantially higher score than she did the first time, which she was very happy about. But, Puente also used other studying tactics to help her.
Puente used flash cards and even downloaded an app on her phone that sent her an SAT question every day which also helped her to remember to do her studying for the day.
Senior Yoojin An who took the SAT back in August remembers when she went through the stressful time of studying for the test.
“I don’t think the way I studied was the most effective and looking back now I wish I had focused in more on my studying the first time” An said.
An mainly focused on the essay part of the SAT and would practice writing essays within a short amount of time.
“I started studying for the test a few months before I even took it but for some reason I still felt like I wasn’t fully prepared,” An said.