SAT GOAL SETTING: WHAT SHOULD YOU WORK ON? 2022
SAT GOAL SETTING
You’ve either begun to consider taking the SAT or you recently received your practice test results.
What do these figures indicate? Do you have a good or bad SAT score? What is a reasonable rise in SAT scores?
In this extensive post, we provide answers to many of these queries. You will have all the information you need to make the best goals for your SAT test preparation with the help of these responses.
This post is for you if you’re taking the SAT on your own or with tutors.
In this SAT goal-setting guide, we’ll address the following 5 critical questions:
1) How Do You Compare Your SAT Score to Others'?
Your SAT score alone doesn’t really mean much.
You need to take your scores into context in order to give them meaning and to create a SAT study plan. This necessitates considering how your score stacks up against:
- SAT scores of comparable students nationwide
- Your target colleges’ SAT scores (more on this later)
What is YOUR score in relation to others’ across the nation?
We must look at the percentile rank of your score in order to respond to this question.
What does percentile mean?
The following percentile rankings are based on the actual SAT scores of the 2017 graduating high school class:
The average SAT scores of the Class of 2017 high school graduates:
- Total Score: 1060
- Reading/Writing: 533
- Math: 527
2) How Can you Estimate Your Target Score?
Your SAT goal scores ought to be determined by two factors:
Where your SAT scores stand right now – If you already have a high score, the expected increase in your score will be less.
How much planning have you already done? If you’ve already put a lot of work into preparation, your rate of improvement will be slower.
Based on your current SAT section scores, the following general GUIDELINE for target SAT score increases:
Fill in the following table to determine your SAT target score:
Scores from an official or practice exam should be entered in the first column, “My Current Score.”
Based on your section score, use the table above to determine the appropriate “Target Score Improvement.” Fill out the table below with those figures.
Add the previous 3 columns to get “MY TARGET SAT SCORE.”
For instance: My Target SAT Score would be 550 + 60 + 20 = 630 if “My Current Score” for Math is 550 and “Target Score Improvement” would be +60.
3) Getting your desired SAT score
Let’s say you want to gain 90 points on the SAT math section.
How should you approach achieving this SAT objective score?
Consider how many more questions you need to answer correctly to increase your score as a way to make it more concrete.
About 10 points are awarded for each math question.
The average point value for a reading/writing question is 6.
You must correctly answer 90 / 10 = 9 more questions if you want to raise your math score by 90 points.
This way of thinking fits in well with our main tactic of carefully going over missed questions.
Use the table below to calculate the additional number of Questions you’ll need to answer correctly:
- Enter your current/diagnostic score in Column 1
- Enter “My Target SAT Score” in Column 2 (from the previous page)
- Calculate “Targeted Score Increase” in Column 3 by subtracting Column 1 from Column 2
- Calculate Column 5 by dividing Column 3 by Column 4
4) Reaching Your SAT Objective Scores
Studying more and studying more effectively is the best way to get the SAT scores you want.
However, you were aware of this.
You will review key concepts and learn the best strategies if you enroll in one of our SAT classes or private tutoring sessions, but you must set aside time outside of class to complete your homework and practice exams.
How to Study More Successfully?
Many students struggle to study effectively or efficiently… This results in significant time wastage and minimal to no progress.
Learning how to study, when to study, and how to use tools to maximize your time results in greater improvements over a shorter period of time.
How Can I Learn More?
- Your score will increase based on how well you study. It’s that easy!
- If you’re an 11th or 12th grader, we are aware of how limited your time is, but you must prioritize your SAT preparation.
- When taking into account the amount of time spent on each activity, the SAT has a disproportionately large impact on college admissions compared to your grades and extracurriculars.
- Although it will hurt a little, it will be worthwhile.
HOW LONG SHOULD YOU COMMIT TO STUDYING?
5) Your SAT score compared to the typical scores at your target colleges
What really matters is how your SAT score compares to the scores of the student body at your target colleges, even though it’s great to know SAT percentile comparisons to those of other students in the country.
Aim to score higher than the “middle 50% SAT Scores” of your target college if you want a good chance of getting in.
What does “Middle 50% SAT Score” mean?
- A score between the 25th percentile and the 75th percentile of SAT scores for that college is considered to be in the middle 50%.
- Simply Google your desired college + “admissions statistics” to find these scores.
- Attempt to achieve the 75th percentile or higher
ADD YOUR OWN TARGET COLLEGES TO THE TABLE BELOW:
How do your target scores stack up against the SAT Middle 50 of the colleges you're interested in joining?
If Your Goal Scores Are Within the Middle 50 of Your Desired Schools on the SAT:
Great! Your SAT goal scores line up perfectly.
Now all you need to do is work hard to hit those goals. How? You can either self-study, enroll in a SAT class, hire a private tutor, or combine all of the the above
If the Middle 50 of Your Target Schools’ SAT Scores is Below Your Target Scores:
- Stay calm
- Adapt your target school list:
Reclassify the schools as “Reach” schools while keeping them on the list.
Although your chances are greatly diminished if your SAT scores are below the middle 50, the SAT is not the ONLY factor in admissions.
You still have a chance to get into these schools, especially if your other academics are excellent and your extracurriculars are outstanding.
Include some schools that are more in line with your desired scores.
- Gain knowledge more… up until a limit:
Studying more will result in higher grades.
As long as you’re studying effectively, this is true.
How can I effectively study? Fear not, we’ll show you how.
However, the benefits eventually fade.
Once you get to this point, stop and take a step back. You shouldn’t be putting all of your time into SAT preparation.
Some of our students easily surpass their objectives. You may belong to this group.
If the Middle 50 of your target schools shows your target scores above the SAT:
Congrats! Consider including some more exclusive schools that correlate with your desired SAT scores if they are not already on your list.
As you can see, knowing the SAT Middle 50 of your target colleges will enable you to modify both your college list and your study strategy.
Additionally, the SAT Middle 50 indicates when you can STOP studying:
- You can stop studying and put your attention on other things if you’ve taken the test and your score is in the 75th percentile or higher for your target colleges.
- If you actually have extra time and everything else is in order, feel free to continue studying and attempting to raise your grade.
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SAT EXAM DATES FOR 2022/2023
As an SAT Examinee, you must have knowledge about SAT Exam dates, so you can plan your schedule based on the date you intend to set for the SAT exam. Planning will help in managing time for studying and preparing properly for the SAT Exam. Down below is a link that shows the SAT Exam Dates for the Acadmic year of 2022/2023.