By Jessica Brondo
If you’re anything like I was in high school (or now for that matter), you have probably had a bout of spring fever already. Thinking back to my Mays of yore (prepping for APs in high school and writing final papers at Princeton), it seems like someone DEFINITELY had it in for me because, let’s be honest, we the sun starts shining and the thermometer reads anything above 65 (hey, I’m from New York, beggars can’t be choosers), my mind starts thinking about ices, the beach, baseball games, golf….well, just about anything but staying inside and studying. I’m sure you’ve got that same bug right about now and the last thing you want to hear is a list of ways to study for your upcoming June SAT, but unfortunately you’re just going to have to come to grips with the fact that May of your junior year is probably not going to be one for the record books (unless of course you’ve been listening to me all year and aced your March SAT and are done for the year).
For all of you procrastinators out there still planning on taking the June SAT, you’re going to want to listen up because there isn’t much time left. To start, you’re in a bit of a crappy situation because as of today, you still won’t have your May SAT score, so you won’t even know if you aced it already and can skip out on the June test. With that in mind, go with the safe bet of prepping for the June SAT (and if you find out that you miraculously got your target score on the May test, then pat yourself on the back and start burning your SAT books).
After prepping for SOOOOOO many months for the May test, what can you possibly do between now and the June SAT you ask? The number 1 answer: Practice Tests!
I know that’s not what you want to hear, but it’s true. Until you get your score back, you should be doing 1 practice test a week and you should only be using College Board tests (if you read last week’s blog post you’ll already know this You can find the tests in The Official SAT Study Guide by The College Board (available at all bookstores and online retailers and at collegeboard.com) or if you’ve completed those tests, you can also access additional tests on collegeboard.com (there is one free tests and 6 test included in their $69 online course).
When you take the tests, keep a Wrong Question Journal of all the questions you are getting wrong and review the concepts for each of those questions. Before moving on to your next test, make sure you remember all the concepts, formulas, grammar rules, or vocabulary words from all of the previous tests you’ve taken.
Step 2 for your May “Program” is to order the Question and Answer service from the CollegeBoard if you took the May SAT. The Question Answer Service sends you a copy of your answers AND a copy of the May SAT along with an answer key. This is test prep gold!
Once the scores are released, you will receive a copy of your answers and you should review all of the questions you missed. This will keep you very focused so you don’t have to waste your valuable sunbathing time studying ALL of the SAT concepts, you will only review the ones you missed.
If you are having trouble understanding any of the questions you missed on your May test, it might be a good idea to schedule a couple of one-on-one or online tutoring sessions to review your May test (or any of the practice tests you happen to take). For more information on scheduling theses sessions, please feel free to e-mail us at info[at]edgeincollegeprep[dot]com.