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SAT Study Suggestions for Parents and Students During School Closures

Updated

Dear Parents and Students, 

Welcome! This letter has been updated to reflect the recent news that the College Board is unable to administer the June SAT due to school closures and the need to maintain social distancing during the current public health crisis. We’ve added some advice about guarding against learning loss over the summer, and keeping your SAT muscles toned and growing! 

I’m Dave, Khan Academy’s Senior Manager of Test Prep Content. Before joining Khan Academy 4 years ago, I ran a tutoring company in New York City for 18 years, and I’ve coached SAT students all over the world, in classrooms and online. The Khan Academy Test Prep team partners with the College Board (makers of the SAT) to create the best SAT prep materials available, and I’m honored to lead a team of content developers who are all experienced SAT coaches. We love sharing everything we know about building SAT skills with our learners!

 

  • If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, there will be weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7 and December 5. 

 

What now? Now that your SAT is rescheduled, it makes complete sense to focus your study energy on closing out the school year strong. If you have AP exams or tests or other assessments in your classes coming up in May or June, then focus most of your energy on those! If you have new independent projects or other assignments, dedicate yourself to knocking those out of the park. You can start leaning more into SAT prep after the school year wraps up. 

If you don’t have a heavy homework load at school, though, I encourage you to stay consistent with your SAT prep. Consider using Official SAT Practice to help you with math, reading, and writing skills that you need in your high school classes. Staying fit for timed testing is similar to staying fit for athletics. If you take too much time off, it can take even longer to get back in shape. The work you do now will pay off in the future—not only on test day, but also in increased readiness for success in senior year and in college.

Below, you’ll find a suggested weekly study schedule in which we recommend that you continue to practice a few times a week, and try to take a full-length timed practice test every 4-6 weeks. 

Are you new to SAT on Khan Academy? Please familiarize yourself with our system by taking a few minutes to check out this product tour video or reading this overview article.

Now that you’ve explored a little, here are a couple of first steps:

  • Link your College Board and Khan Academy accounts to update your personalized recommendations.
  • Download the Daily Practice for the SAT app from College Board to your device. Consider signing up to get a question delivered to your inbox every day. 

Finally, one great way to stay up to date with SAT news is to follow one or more of College Board’s social media outlets:

Remember, SAT prep is a long game, and you’ll have a chance to take the test later on this year. The more you practice, the better you get! 

Good luck!  

Warmly,

Dave

Best Practices

We know from research that there are three top practices associated with greater score improvements:

Take recommendations. Our system creates personalized recommendations for students based on student performance and skill frequency in the SAT—students who follow recommendations show greater score increases.

Do full length practice tests. Full-length timed practice tests are the best way to build the stamina you’ll need on Test Day. We have eight full-length practice tests available to take online. You can also print pdfs of the tests to take on paper. Use the College Board’s Daily Practice app to scan-and-score your bubble sheets, get a score report, and update your practice recommendations!

Learn test-taking strategies while reviewing the questions you get wrong. Each question in our system features step-by-step solutions and in-depth explanations, and we also have hundreds of articles and worked example videos designed to help students understand not only how to do each problem, but also how to identify opportunities to use strategies efficiently on Test Day.

Suggested Study Schedule

You might have already been studying for months, or you might just be getting started. We encourage you to adjust the following suggested study program to your needs. 

Please note: We may update this schedule as the situation evolves. 

Week 1: Skill practice and strategies (suggestion: 30-40 mins two or three times weekly)

Week 2: Skill practice and strategies (suggestion: 30-40 mins two or three times weekly)

Week 3: Take and review a timed practice test

  • If possible, set aside 3.5 hours to take a full-length practice test.
  • After the test, carefully review all of the questions you missed - read solutions, watch related videos and read related articles in Tips & Strategies (suggestion: 1-2 hours

Week 4: Skill practice and strategies (suggestion: 30-40 mins two or three times weekly)

Week 5: Skill practice and strategies (suggestion: 30-40 mins two or three times weekly)

  • Recommended skill practice and timed mini-sections
  • Tips & Strategies - try these! (adjust to your needs)

Week 6: Skill practice and strategies (suggestion: 30-40 mins two or three times weekly)

Week 7: Take and review a timed practice test

  • Set aside 3.5 hours to take a full-length practice test.
  • Carefully review all of the questions you missed - read solutions, watch related videos and read related articles in Tips & Strategies (suggestion: 1-2 hours)

Week 8: Skill practice and strategies (suggestion: 30-40 mins two or three times weekly)

Week 9: Skill practice and strategies (suggestion: 30-40 mins two or three times weekly)

  • Recommended skill practice and timed mini-sections
  • Watch worked example videos in the practice tab (if you haven’t already)! 

Week 10: Skill practice and strategies (suggestion: 30-40 mins two or three times weekly)

  • Recommended skill practice and timed mini-sections
  • Watch worked example videos in the practice tab (if you haven’t already)!

Week 11: Take and review a timed practice test

  • If possible, set aside 3.5 hours to take a full-length practice test.
  • Carefully review all of the questions you missed - read solutions, watch related videos and read related articles in Tips & Strategies (suggestion: 1-2 hours)

Week 12: Some ideas for the final stretch