SAT How to Prepare: Implement this Proven "SAT Success Triad"

sat Aug 26, 2019

If you're like a lot of students when they first come to me, you're unsure of exactly how to prepare for the SAT to maximize your results. Perhaps you've already been studying on your own, working practice problems and taking practice tests, but you're not seeing the kind of improvement you need. You know there has to be a way to prepare more effectively, but you don't know what it is.

My question to you is: How do you get better at anything in life?

Whether you're learning a musical instrument, honing your skills at a sport, perfecting your painting abilities, or yes, learning to dominate the SAT, it really boils down to an interplay between three core components -- what I call the "SAT Success Triad."

They are:

  1. Content Knowledge. This is the WHAT of a particular endeavor. On the SAT, it's the mathematical, reading, and writing concepts you need to know.
  2. Strategy. This is the HOW of getting more efficient and effective at implementing the various content knowledge. On the SAT, it's learning how to get right answers in less time, and sometimes even how to get right answers when you're stuck on a particular problem.
  3. Practice. Mastery comes through repetition. On the SAT, you need to solidify what you learn content- and strategy-wise through what legendary football coach Vince Lombardi calls perfect practice.

The above video breaks down each of these components in more detail and gives you areas to focus on and recommended resources to use. 

Oh, and make sure to watch until the end because there's a 4th "BONUS" component that's just as important as these three in helping you maximize your SAT preparation so that you get the score you need on test day.

Whenever you're ready to dive deeper, join our SAT monthly coaching program so that we can work with you personally to improve in each of these areas. In the meantime, leave a comment on our YouTube channel about what you found most helpful in this video and don't hesitate to let us know how else we can help you dominate the SAT!

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