Focused study with a specific plan is the best way to prepare for the SAT. Broadly covering each topic is not likely to get you the results you need. How do you decide where to focus your studies and how to spend you time preparing?
Where Do You Excel?
It is likely that you already have an idea of the areas where you excel. Are you a strong reader? Excellent at interpreting data? Know your way around geometry? It may be fun to focus your time in these areas, because when you naturally excel, it feels good. However, if you already have a handle on a specific topic, going over it is not likely to improve your SAT scores. Instead, focus your energy on practicing problems that challenge you.
Taking a practice exam is the best way to know what areas give you the most trouble. You may be a great reader, but tracking SAT comprehension questions may still give you trouble. You may be excellent at algebra, but translating word problems into formulas is difficult for you. Not only will taking a practice exam give you an exact idea of what topics you need to study, but also what types of questions.
A Different Approach
A test prep course is likely to provide a broad overview of SAT material. Each topic will be given the same amount attention during the course regardless of how familiar or unfamiliar the material is to you. At Mr. Test Prep you have the opportunity to take a practice exam and then receive individual instruction that will help you understand your trouble spots and you can know where to focus your studies.
When it comes to SAT prep, efficient study is key. You don’t have much time to devote to prep and you want to make sure that your time is spent wisely. Make a plan and use tools and resources to focus your study on your most challenging topics.