4 Week Fasttrack Prep Guide For SAT

If you’re reading this, I am pretty sure you are short on time and all that SAT prep is overwhelming. If that’s the case, please feel free to read this 4-week fast track prep guide to help you ace that exam. 

Let’s begin. 

For this quick, high-intensity plan, you’ll spend 40 total hours, or 10 hours a week, studying for the SAT. By the end, you’ll be able to raise your baseline score by up to 130 points.

In order for this plan to work, however, you must be willing to put in the time and effort to study each week. One month isn’t a whole lot of study time, especially if you’re trying to make gains of more than 100 points, but it’s certainly doable if you know how to use your time wisely.

Week 1: Study Structure

1. Take a practice test. First and foremost, you’ll need to have a baseline score. Make sure to take the test in a quiet room without distractions.

Suggested Time: 4 hours

2. Score your test and analyze your results. To figure out what areas you struggle with the most, look closely for any patterns in your mistakes.

Suggested Time: 1 hour

3. Learn the SAT format. Go over what’s tested, all question types, and how it’s scored.

Suggested Time: 2 hours

4. Learn the Reading test format. Get a feel for what the Reading section tests and what kinds of passages it contains.

Suggested Time: 1 hour

5. Learn the Writing and Language test format. Get to know the Writing section by learning how it differs from Reading and what kinds of passages it includes.

Suggested Time: 1 hour

6. Learn the Math test format. Familiarize yourself with the topics it tests, its No Calculator and Calculator sections, and the differences between multiple-choice questions and grid-ins.

Suggested Time: 1 hour

Make sure you understand the structure before focusing on content.

Week 2: Concentrate on Key Content

1. Review core English grammar topics, conventions, and punctuation rules. You’ll need to know a variety of grammar rules for the Writing section, so memorizing these is critical for a high Writing score.

Suggested Time: 2 hours

2. Review and practice core math concepts. These include the following:

  • Integers
  • Fractions, ratios, and proportions
  • Algebra (linear functions, inequalities, equations, systems of equations)
  • Advanced math (nonlinear functions, polynomials)
  • Problem solving and data analysis (statistics, how to read graphs)

Suggested Time: 5 hours

3. Memorize important SAT Math formulas. Knowing these formulas will give you a leg up on test day.

Suggested Time: 1 hour

4. Choose and practice a passage-reading strategy for Reading. To choose one, practice different strategies using official SAT Reading tests. The one that gives you the highest score is the one you should use on test day.

Suggested Time: 2 hours

Week 3: Strategize & Check Your Progress

1. Practice your tried and tested method for reading passages on SAT Writing. This is the best strategy for Writing passages since it is less time consuming than others and easy to learn.

Suggested Time: 1.5 hours

2. Learn key Math, Reading, and Writing strategies. For Math, the best ones to know are how to plug in answers and how to plug in numbers. For Reading and Writing, learn how to eliminate incorrect answer choices and when to choose “No Change.”

Suggested Time: 4 hours

3. Check your progress by taking a practice test. Once finished, calculate your score to see how much you’ve improved since your baseline test and to determine where your weaknesses lie.

Suggested Time: 4.5 hours

Week 4: Review & Practice

1. Go over any SAT topics, question types, or strategies you want to practice more. You’ll need to get down the most important concepts if you hope to do well on test day, so focus on any glaring weaknesses you still have. Don’t study the day before the test, though, as you should take some time to rest your brain a bit!

Suggested Time: 10 hours

So, we’ve reached the end of it. Remember not to overwhelm yourself. Study plans can be heavy, but they should still be doable. Don’t choose a plan that’ll require you to pull all-nighters every week— exhausting yourself won’t get you the score you want!

That being said, I wish you the best of luck with your SAT study plan!