When you set goals as you prepare for the SATs, you will be able to focus your studies and hone your
skills so that you can achieve the scores you need for admission to the college of your choice. Here are
three ways goal setting will improve your SAT score.
1) Concrete Target
Studying for an exam that covers a broad range of material can feel nebulous. You may not know where
to begin or how to focus your time. Setting goal scores for each section of the test will help you
understand where you need to focus your studies. You can also determine what kind of college program
you will be applying for and aim for higher scores in the specific sections that apply.
2) Practice Required
In order to achieve your goals, you must take practice tests. Practice tests will help you understand what
a reasonable goal is for you and help you keep track of how well you are achieving these goals. In
addition to tracking your progress, practicing will help you perform better on the test. While you are
working to attain your goals and measuring your growth towards those goals, you are also improving your
test taking abilities.
3) Remove Pressure
Having a specific goal that is tailored to you can relieve some of the pressure associated with the exam.
Often, test takers feel the need to compare their scores with others or prove themselves with a very high
score. Developing a goal score that is directly associated with your abilities and your hopes for college
admissions will allow you to measure your success only against yourself. This can relieve stress and
anxiety associated with the exam. When that burden of stress is lifted, you are likely to perform better on
Take Time to Set Goals
Setting goals will give you something concrete to aim for. It will help focus your studies and give you a
reasonable measure of success. Take the time to set goals as you plan your test prep. You can also work
with a test prep service that will help you develop appropriate goals and give you the opportunity to
Mr. Test Prep has been a part of the San Mateo SAT Prep community for nearly 20 years. His experience working with students—from math wizzes to numberphobes, from novelists-in-training to kids who hate to read—has shown him that improving test results first requires improving a student’s confidence. To directly address this important facet of SAT prep, his tutoring program exposes students to the conditions of the test, while training them in subject-specific skills and teaching them testing strategies that can make the test much easier.