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How to Score Higher on the SAT / ACT

Universities all over the country use the SAT and the ACT to measure enrollment eligibility. Raise your SAT or ACT scores with a few simple steps.


  • Step 1: Set a goal Set a target score that is reasonable. A specific score is easier to reach than simply wanting to do better.
  • Step 2: Prepare Prepare for the test and set aside time to study. Get a private tutor, go to study groups, study with friends, and use computer software.
  • Step 3: Practice Take the practice test, and learn from your wrong answers. Examine your mistakes thoroughly and find out why you made them.
  • TIP: Time the practice test, and take it in one setting as if it were the real exam.
  • Step 4: Read Read books and newspapers to expand your vocabulary and improve critical reading scores.
  • Step 5: Develop a pace Develop a strategy that allows you to read the instructions and each question carefully without running out of time.
  • Step 6: Guess Make educated guesses – if you are unsure of the answer, eliminate the choices you know are wrong and make your best guess. Blank answers are not worth any points.
  • TIP: Know whether you are on the hard, medium, or easy questions. In the hard section of the SAT, questions that seem right often are not.
  • Step 7: Write Write exactly what the test specifies for the essay section. There isn't enough time to write a comprehensive essay, but there is time to write an essay that is properly put together and fits the assignment.
  • Step 8: Watch the bubbles Pay attention to the bubbles on the test, and make sure you are filling out the bubble that corresponds to the question.
  • FACT: According to College Board, more than 2 million students take the SAT every year.

You Will Need

  • A target score
  • A private tutor
  • Study groups
  • Friends
  • Software
  • A practice test
  • Books and newspapers
  • A strategy
  • A timer (optional)

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