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How to Get 1700, 1800, or 1900 on the SAT


Going from a 1500 to 1800 is really just more of the same, in the sense that you need to increase
your knowledge of content without worrying yourself too much with the hards. Getting a 600+ on
each section might require you to attempt a few hards, but your time and energy should still be
focused primarily on nailing down the easies and mediums to the best of your ability. The essay still
wont be that big of a deal, as most students shooting for an 1800 usually score 6-8, an adequate
essay score for this range.
Percentiles: 1700 = 73%; 1800 = 82%; 1900: 88%
All Raw Points and Max Wrong given are estimates! Use them only as rough guidelines.
Section

MATH

Target Score
Percentiles

550-650
62-85%
32
38
43
9-18
Some or most hards

Raw Points for 1700


Raw Points for 1800
Raw Points for 1900

Max Wrong?
How Many Can I
Omit?

CRITICAL
READING
550-650
67-90%
39
46
53
11-22
Some, esp. hard
sentence completions

WRITING
550-650 (8 Essay)
70-90%
31 (Multiple Choice)
36 (MC)
40 (MC)
7-14
Almost none (it's easy to
guess)

Before you begin studying, download:

Progress Tracker
Math, Reading, and Writing Study Guides
Math and Grammar Diagnostic Tests
Practice SAT Scoring Sheet ("How to Score a Practice SAT")
All four Real Practice SATs
Reason Prep's SAT Vocabulary List
Other Exclusive Downloads if you have access to the Members Area

Make sure you also have a copy of the Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board.
MATH:
1. Take practice section & evaluate current score level w/ Progress Tracker.
2. Take Math Diagnostic Test.
3. Record all the question topics that you got wrong/didn't understand. (e.g. ratios, inequalities, etc.)
4. Watch the SAT Crash Course Math videos.
5. Take another practice section and evaluate score level w/ Progress Tracker.

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6. Go to SAT Math Bootcamp and SAT Math Tactics and watch the videos covering your weak
topics. Focus especially on the FIRST TEN TOPICS (#1 is algebra) in the SAT Math Tactics series.
7. Take another practice section and evaluate your score.
8. Continue working through videos & practice sections, focusing on your areas of weakness. Target
easy/medium questions and pick & choose from hard questions.
9. Take a full SAT practice test & evaluate. (Use How to Score a Practice SAT if you need help.)
CRITICAL READING:
1. Take practice section & evaluate current score level w/ Progress Tracker.
2. Begin studying Level 1 & 2 Vocabulary from the Vocab List.
4. Watch the SAT Crash Course Critical Reading videos.
5. Take another practice section and evaluate score level w/ Progress Tracker.
6. Go to SAT Critical Reading Bootcamp and watch the Passage-Based Reading videos. Spend
most of your time working on the passages, because that's where you'll find all your points.
7. Take another practice section and evaluate your score.
8. If you want to try to grab a few more points, watch the Critical Reading Bootcamp videos on the
sentence completions, though you can hit your target score without serious SC study.
9. Take a full SAT practice test & evaluate. (Use How to Score a Practice SAT if you need help.)
10. Using the Critical Reading Study Guide to keep track, watch all the example passage videos in
the Reading Bootcamp; make sure you try the passages on your own first and carefully compare
your answers & methods to mine in those videos.
WRITING:
1. Take practice section & evaluate current score level w/ Progress Tracker.
2. Take Grammar Diagnostic Test.
3. Record all the question topics that you got wrong/didn't understand. (e.g. subject-verb agreement,
dangling modifiers, etc.)
4. Watch the SAT Crash Course Writing videos.
5. Take another practice section and evaluate score level w/ Progress Tracker.
6. Go to SAT Grammar Bootcamp and SAT Grammar Tactics and watch the videos covering
your weak topics. Focus especially on the FIRST TEN TOPICS (#1 is Subject-Verb Agreement) in
the SAT Grammar Tactics series.
7. Take another practice section and evaluate your score.
8. Continue working through videos & practice sections, focusing on your areas of weakness.
9. Do a practice essay. Send it to me if you're a Member and I'll grade it for you!
10. If you can't hit an 8 on your essay consistently, then watch the SAT Essay Bootcamp for more
tips.
11. Take a full SAT practice test & evaluate. (Use How to Score a Practice SAT if you need help.)
If you consistently hit your score target, perhaps consider moving up to the next level - 2000,
2100, or 2200! :)