SAT one month study plan guide schedule

How to Study for the SAT in a Month

In a perfect world, you would start studying for the SAT a few months in advance. But life is busy and scheduling can be tough. So now you have 30 days before Test Day, and you’re ready to get started. Here’s what you need:

 

SAT One Month Study Plan: Prep Materials

The College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide (2020 Edition)

While you can access the eight practice tests in this book online for free, this book includes more than 250 pages of SAT-specific info and practice in addition to the eight practice tests.

Official SAT Full-Length Practice Tests

You can use the four tests in the Official SAT Study Guide book or you can access the tests online. Either way, make sure you create a test-like experience when you sit down to complete each test.

A Kaplan New SAT Book

Kaplan has a variety of New SAT books, so you can choose the one that’s perfect for you. Whether you opt for SAT Prep Plus or SAT Total Prep, you will benefit from Kaplan’s score-raising methods and strategies.

Now that you know what materials you need, you’re ready to think about what to do when. Use the following plan to guide your studies and optimize your score.

SAT Study Plan: Week One

Step 1: Take one full-length practice test, timing yourself and following the instructions exactly

Step 2: Score and review your practice tests, taking the time to identify your greatest areas of opportunity

Step 3: Learn the Kaplan methods and strategies for every SAT test section

Step 4: Practice the methods and strategies for every SAT test section

Week 1 is all about assessing your baseline score and current skill level. Identifying your greatest areas of opportunity is much easier with Kaplan’s help. Kaplan breaks down each section of the SAT into SmartPoints, which directly correspond to how many points each concept is worth on Test Day. Concentrate on high-yield concepts such as Linear Equations (110 points), Exponents (80 points), Vocab-in-Context (60 points), and Sentence Formation (60 points).

SAT Study Plan: Week Two

Step 1: Review the methods and strategies for every SAT test section

Step 2: Complete practice questions

Step 3: Take one full-length practice test, timing yourself and following the instructions exactly

Step 4: Score and review your practice tests, taking the time to identify your greatest areas of opportunity

Start Week 2 with a review of the Kaplan methods and strategies, and then complete practice questions in your books, concentrating on the categories you are targeting. Each chapter in the book provides scaffolded guidance, first showing you how to answer a question, providing practice opportunities that include strategic thinking information, and giving you plenty of test-like questions to apply your knowledge. Finish up your week with a practice test, and don’t forget to review it! While taking a test is great practice, major score increases are made possible with thorough review of each question.

SAT Study Plan: Week Three

Step 1: Review the Kaplan methods and strategies for every SAT test section

Step 2: Complete timed practice sets

Step 3: Take one full-length practice test, timing yourself and following the instructions exactly

Step 4: Score and review your practice tests, taking the time to identify your greatest areas of opportunity

Week 2 is similar to Week 3, but with one clear distinction: you want to time yourself as you complete practice questions. The SAT is a timed test, so you want to plan accordingly. Completing timed practice sets helps you increase both your efficiency and accuracy, readying you for Test Day.

SAT Study Plan: Week Four

Step 1: Take one full-length practice test, timing yourself and following the instructions exactly

Step 2: Score and review your practice tests, taking the time to identify your greatest areas of opportunity

Step 3: Review the Kaplan methods and strategies for every SAT test section

Step 4: Complete timed practice sets

Step 5: Read tips for a successful test day

Step 6: Go get that score!

Your final week before the test is the perfect time to brush up on any math, writing, or reading concepts you haven’t thought about in-depth since Week 1, take one final practice test, and visualize your success on Test Day. You can do it!