1. Why do I need a good SAT score?
Most of the colleges and universities require the SAT I and/or 1-3 SAT IIs for the admission and
your performance on the SATs is one of the critical factor for the admission officer to make the
decision on your application. You may go to the website http://www.satscores.us to get a sense of the
SAT scores vs. college. It lists the middle 50% of the SAT scores. Go to top
2. What is the average SAT score?
The average SAT for all 2009 seniors is about 1517.
But the average SAT score for admitted students are higher than it.
For Ivy universities, the average SAT score is from 2100 to 2200.
For top private universities, the SAT average is about 2100
For top public universities, the SAT average is from 1800 to 2000.
For detail SAT scores vs. colleges, you may check the website: http://www.satscores.us Go to top
3. I have done massive practices on writing multiple choice questions, but I always scored below 600 in writing section.
How would I score above 700 in SAT Writing section?
The purpose of SAT is to test your mastery of the knowledge and your ability to apply them.
Doing the practice without reviewing content or making the connection between the questions and
the tested knowledge would not help you much.
For multiple choice questions in SAT writing section, there is a certain number of grammar
rules repetitively tested. Review all these frequently tested grammar rules and know the
strategies to handle them correctly will help you to score above 700 for the multiple choice
questions. Our two-hour online video course, "SAT I Grammar Review", reviews the 12 frequently
tested grammar rules that statistically cover about 99% of the multiple choice questions each
time and shows you the strategies to answer them correctly by extensive examples. After taking
this course, you should expect at least 750 for your multiple choice questions in writing section.
For SAT 1 essay, fully understanding the scoring guide and writing procedures, tips, and
strategies should help. Our another online video course for SAT 1 essay writing analyzes the
college board scoring guide, review the writing procedures, tips, and strategies to write a
high score essay. Follow the advices; you will receive a score of at least 10 for your essay. Go to top
4. Should I take SAT Math I or SAT Math II or Both?
You may focus on one of them. Normally SAT Math I has a steeper score curve than SAT Math II. For
example, a score of 780 on SAT Math I gives the 99 percentile, while a score of 800 on Math II
yields the 90% percentile. So the chance to get a higher score on Math II is much higher. Go to top
5. Any tips for improving vocabulary for the SAT?
A good vocabulary not only helps you get a good score at reading section, but also helps you to
score high at writing section. Therefore, you should work to improve your SAT vocabulary as soon
as you plan to take the SAT test because learning the vocabulary will take the time - any period
from one month to one year depending the student's target score according to our experience.
On our website, you will see a comprehensive SAT word lists that are commonly studied by the SAT takers such
as "1000 most common SAT words", "250 most difficult SAT words", "300 high frequency SAT words", and "Barron
SAT words". You may use the flashcards to learn these words or simply just study the word lists, but you will
soon find that using flashcards approach is too time consuming and learning from the word list is so boring.
To help you study the words more efficiently and fun, we have developed a unique method that helps you to
learn the SAT words by fun practices. Our method has been proved to be effective for hundreds of students.
You may try it to see if it works for you. Go to top
6. I took the SAT in my junior year without any study. My score was 1610
(CR: 510, Math: 500, Writing 600 and essay 10).
Was it a good sat score? My target school is top public universities such as UC Berkeley.
Your score of 1610 was slight higher than 1510 that is the 2009 average for senior.
The middle 50% SAT scores of the admitted students at UC Berkeley is about 1840-2190.
You can see your SAT score is more than 200 points lower than the low end 1840 and your
chance to gain the admission is very low. If you really want to increase your chance to get
into UC Berkeley, you will need to increase your SAT by at least 250 points. And the good
thing is that you still have sometime to catch up. You may prepare for the SAT in summer after
your junior year and take the test in the early of senior year.
To reach your goal, you need to start now and make your personal commitment. Joining our
SAT one-on-one training program to prepare for the SAT more efficiently should be a wise decision
for you as you may also need to allocate sometime in the summer after your junior year to work
on your college application essay. Go to top
7. I am a freshman and my PSAT score is 151 without any preparation.
Can I improve it greatly by senior year?
Yes, you definitely could improve your PSAT score a lot. But you need to study to make the
The only one important PSAT test is the one you will take in your junior year and your
score of this test will be used to see if you are qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.
So you still have about 2 years to make the improvement.
As PSAT is similar to SAT, you may start to prepare for the SAT and eventually your PSAT will
also beneficial from the SAT preparation. Go to top
8. I would like to get a tutor and prepare for my SAT in the summer, what should
I consider when I select my tutor?
Getting help from an experienced tutor is a good approach to prepare for the SAT, especially when your target score is above 2000.
When we hire our tutors, we require them to have the following abilities or traits:
Identify the student's weakness
Conduct the target score and target university analysis
Identify the best study strategies to meet the students' needs
Help the students to make a detailed study plan
Recommend the best SAT prep resources
Be available and willing to provide help by email - answer the student's email questions within 24 hours
Knowledgeable for SAT contents
Scored 99% on their SAT tests
Be responsible and reliable
You may use the similar criterion when you hire your tutor. Go to top
9. Any advice to raise my SAT score by 200 points? My sat score is in the high 1600s.
Last practice test I took was yesterday and I got 1690. I would like to get 1900 and higher on my first try. Please help me.
I have to say that your timeline is very tight to increase the SAT score by 200 points in one month.
But it is still possible if you use the efficient approach to prepare for the SAT and use the time wisely.
Instead of reading the SAT prep books, taking a SAT prep course may be more efficient in your case.
First of all, you may need to make sure you review the contents (especially the grammar rules in
writing section and the concepts in math section) and fully understand them.
For writing section, I suggest you to review the frequently tested grammar rules and the strategies
to handle them correctly by taking our one-hour video course "SAT I Grammar Review". Completing this
course and mastering the 12 rules should help you to increase your SAT writing score at least 100 points.
Another way to boost your SAT score efficiently is to review the concept and skill requirement for
math section. Similar to the writing section, I recommend you to take the online video course of
"SAT I math review" on our website. You should expect to gain another 100 points from math section
if you study this course.
For "long term" preparation, learning the vocabulary will definitely help you to increase your
score in reading and writing section. You may start from the most important two lists: 300 high
frequency SAT words and the most common 1000 SAT words.
If you could make a plan to do the above, you will reach your goal for sure. :) Go to top
10. How can I prepare for the SAT? I took the PSAT, and got a 62 on Critical Reading,
78 on Math, and 62 on writing.
You have a great start point and you may increase your SAT to above 2200 with proper preparation.
For example, you could earn at least 100 more points easily in the writing section if you fully
study all the grammar rules that are frequently tested on SAT and get another 100 in the reading
section after you study the vocabulary. Go to top
11. I am a junior when should I take the SAT's? When
would be the best time to start preparing? I am a straight "A" student but on the PSAT's
I only scored a 169 but that was without preparing too much. I had 640 in math but my reading
and writing were only 510 and 540 respectively.
You should start it now. As you will be busy on college application forms in the first
half of your senior year, you may want to get the SAT test done, at least the first try,
in your junior year. For example, you may first take the SAT in March or June, study the
SAT prep course in summer, and take another SAT test in Oct.
To prepare for the SAT, you may first set your goal, including which college(s) you want
to get in and what score you want to get. Then you may start from the SAT vocabulary and
do a practice test (any one from college board official guide). After that, you could
identify your weakness, make a detailed study plan, and follow the plan. This will help
you to reduce the stress and at the same time to reach your goal.
To study efficiently, you may need the help from good resources. Our website provides
comprehensive SAT Prep resources (vocabulary words, practice, online video course, 1-on-1 tutoring).
You may check and see if it fits your needs. Go to top
12. Can stressing too much over the preparation/exam period hinder your performance for exams?
Yes. People's productivity tends to be much lower when they are stressed. Go to top
13. When to stop cramming for SAT?
At least one week before the test. And try to get enough sleep and nutrition. Go to top
14. How many SAT questions are you allowed skipping?
Technical you are allowed to skip any number you want.
It really depends on your target score to see how many you may skip. If you want to score above 2200,
you may need to study all the contents and skip none. But if you just want a score of 2000,
you may skip several. And if your target is about 1500, you may skip more. Go to top
15. I barely have time to study for the SAT on weekdays because of school homework and tests.
Should I sacrifice school grades for sat?
No, you need to have them both. Your school transcript is also one of the most important factors for your college admission.
Moreover, it also has some impact on your recommendation letters from your school counselor and teachers.
To work on both the school work and SAT, you need to apply some time management techniques and identify the efficient approach
for your school work and SAT preparation.
Some of the example could be:
Get most from your class - This will reduce your homework time.
Take SAT prep course instead of reading the book (self-study) - We all know that self study will take more time than taking the course. Someone has already done the work to summarize
the contents and provide us the examples to understand them, why do we not take the course to make our life easier?
Reduce the number of SAT practices, but gain more from each of the practice - One technique is trying to figure out how the practices are the same by examining the knowledge behind the questions.
Do not know how to do this? Our online video courses "SAT I grammar review" and "SAT I math review" show you how.
Only study the SAT words you need to learn - Filter out the words you already know and only study the SAT word lists. Our SAT word training packages are provided to
help you to achieve this exactly.
16. I will take the SAT in two weeks; my current score from practice test is in the range of 1800 to 1900.
I really want to get into an Ivy League university, how could I increase my SAT score by 200 points?
If you contact us two month ago, we would love to help you out. But now it is too late. Now all you can do to maximize your
SAT score is to summarize the question types, review the strategies for each type, and get enough sleep and nutrition. Go to top
17. I will take a SAT preparation program in the summer, what is the advantage of your SAT one-on-one
training program vs. the other local SAT summer courses?
The intention of the our SAT prep program is provide an efficient and affordable SAT prep program to help the students to prepare for the SAT and yet still want the students to have some time for other activities. Students who have not only high SAT scores but also rich extracurricular activities are far more interesting than those who only have the high SAT scores and thus have much higher chance to be admitted.
The advantages of our SAT one-on-one training program include:
Exclusive attention and assistance - all our program are one-on-one and this guarantees the highest efficiency from your side
High quality courses - all our courses are targeted to help you understand the questions from the SAT test-marker point of view and the strategies to answer them correctly
Great SAT tutors - all our SAT tutors are experienced and scored 99% on their SAT tests
More affordable - you save your money and time for the transportation, and pay much lower program fee
More convenient - you could take the course anywhere anytime
More flexible - you are able to take the course over and over again and select the videos you want to watch
More accessible - you are encouraged to ask any questions by email and get the answer within 24 hours
More resources - you have the access to all our SAT prep resources such as the e-flashcards, vocabulary practice, online video course, and monthly practice tests
19. I already took the SAT test three times last year and the highest score I got is 1450. How can I increase my score by 270 in two months?
As you already took the SAT three times, it seems that you need to get some external help to increase your score within two months, especially when you want to boost your score by 270.
We suggest you to find your current position first, make a solid study plan, and get professional instruction.
The most effective affordable approach for you now is:
Sign up for any of StarCatcher SAT 1-on-1 programs
Take the pre-test and find your weakness (this is your current position)
Make a plan and set your target goal and learning strategies with your tutor
Follow the plan and get professional instruction from your tutor.
20. Among the current available SAT prep programs, which one is the best and should I take?
There are usually three components for the SAT preparation:
Master the SAT words
Learn the content that is tested on the SAT and the tips and strategies
Do the SAT practice tests - for this item, the college board "the official SAT study guide" the best for practice tests.
The key here is how to complete the above three tasks most efficiently instead of which program or book to use.
So when you select your learning material such as books or SAT prep programs, you need to evaluate it to see if it provides all the resources
(SAT words, courses, practice, tips, strategies etc) you need, if it provides tools to enable you to prepare for the SAT most effectively,
and if it is cost-effective. Go to top