The SAT is one of the most high-stakes standardized tests
high-school students can take. A high score can bolster the
chances of securing a seat at a top college.
However, students hoping to get top scores often hurt their
chances by focusing on the wrong material, Anthony-James Green, a
$1,500-an-hour SAT and ACT tutor, told Business Insider.
“Obsessing over your weakest points is way more important
than looking at what you’re good at,” Green said.
“There’s a tendency among everyone to continue [studying] what
you enjoy and what you like.”
who says his students improve 310 to 320 points on average on the
new SAT, explained that you should actually spend very little
time on the concepts you already understand. “On these tests if
you’re pretty comfortable with reading and grammar and you hate
math, then you should be spending 95% of your time on math,” he
In addition, Green believes one of the best strategies to ensure
you perform well on the SAT or ACT is beginning preparation much
earlier than most students likely realize.
He suggests students start studying their freshman year of high
school, but to limit it to 20 minutes a day. This helps to make
studying a habit that is stress free, and helps to take some of
the high-stakes feeling out of the exam.
“Your brain learns through constant, consistent
repetition,” he said.