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How to Get 1500 or 1600 on the SAT
The prescription for a 1500-1600 includes:
 learning the basic content required for the math and grammar sections
 strengthening basic reading skills
 learning basic vocabulary
 gaining expertise on the SAT itself - you should have perfect knowledge of what's on the test
and the best general strategies.
The essay doesn't matter much at this score – students getting less than 500 on the writing rarely do
so due to a weak essay.
Focus primarily on the easies and mediums; you can generally omit all the hards!
Percentiles: 1500 = 51%; 1600 = 63%
All Raw Points and Max Wrong given are estimates! Use them only as rough guidelines.
Section MATH CRITICAL
READING
WRITING
Target Score 500-550 500-550 500-550 (6-8 Essay)
Percentiles 45-62% 51-67% 55-70%
Raw Points for 1500 22 31 26 (Multiple Choice)
Raw Points for 1600 32 38 32 (MC)
Max Wrong? 18-26 23-29 14-18
How Many Can I
Omit?
Some mediums, most
hards
Some, esp. sentence
completions
Few (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.
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5. Take another practice section and evaluate score level w/ Progress Tracker.
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; mostly ignore hard questions until you can answer easy and medium
questions reliably.
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.)

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 a 6-8 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 - 1700,
1800, or 1900! :)