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Five Tips for Helping your Student Jump that SAT Score

A higher SAT score means better college choices and scholarships, step one to graduating with minimal debt. So here are five tips for jumping that score.

1. Take Four: Have your student take the SAT four times. Colleges just care about that highest score, and all colleges will combine the highest sub-scores even if they happened on different tests. So have your student take the SAT four times, unless she hammers a 1600 right away.

2. May Counts: Have her take the SAT twice this spring, including May 7, and then twice again in the fall of her senior year.

3. June Counts: Have her take three SAT 2 Subject Tests on June 4. Many colleges want to see three Subject Tests along with an SAT score. Have your student prepare for 30-45 minutes each day after finals, using Subject Test Prep books for those three subjects she’ll be taking on June 4: math, chemistry, physics, Spanish, etc.

4. Motivate with Money: Jumping that SAT score is the best paying job a high school student could ever have.  Joining the 200-point-jump-club means dramatically better school choices and scholarships. Create motivation by reminding your student that she’ll make much more preparing for and jumping that SAT score than she will flipping burgers.

5. Hammer the Grammar: the SAT English and Math content are predictable. Have your student Hammer the Grammar and math questions prior to test day. JBP synthesizes grammar down to 22 easy-to-master grammar rules, and SAT math is so basic that amnesia is often a high school junior’s biggest enemy. Solid practice should bring back the fond memories.

Colleges primarily care about the Big Three: grades, scores, and one extra-curricular.  Students: finish strong this semester, jump that May SAT score, and then hammer those June SAT Subject Test scores.  Spend summer strengthening that extra-curricular skill. Hello better college choices and scholarships.

John Baylor is a father, husband, author, Stanford grad, broadcaster, and owner of John Baylor Prep. The mission of JBP is to help families and schools create two- and four-year college graduates with minimal debt. You can listen to the John Baylor Prep Show by subscribing on iTunes or by going to The show also runs on Nebraska stations KHUB (1340 AM) in Fremont, KNCY (1600 AM) in Nebraska City, KLIN (1400 AM)in Lincoln. Check listing for days and times.


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