If your SAT score is around 900-1100, you can raise your SAT score by 200 points by doing this simple trick.

Your student has a problem. He or she is trying to do too many questions.
They are trying to finish the test.
They think they have to answer every question.
They are wrong.

Especially if they are scoring 900-1100.

We get it. No teacher has ever given your student a test and said, “Answer as many questions as you can.”

We’ve been conditioned into thinking that a test must be completed.
But, what if we didn’t have to finish the test in order to raise your SAT score?
We don’t.
We do not lose points for leaving a SAT question blank. Colleges don’t see how many questions you answered.

What if you spent more time answering the questions correctly, but doing less questions? Wouldn’t that improve your number of correct answers? Lead to a higher scaled score?

It would.

So if it’s that easy, why isn’t it used widely? I don’t know.
Why do NBA players insist on shooting a free throw overhand when it has been proven that shooting underhand is more accurate? We just can’t break the stigma.
So here is my final attempt to try and persuade you with numbers.

  • The lowest score you can get on the Math Section of the SAT is a 200. The highest is an 800. That leaves a student with 600 points he/she can earn.
  • Let’s say there are three types of questions on the Math test: Easy, Medium, and Hard.
  • There is an even distribution of points per type. Relax, this means that a student can earn up to 200 points on the easy, 200 points on the medium, and 200 points on the hard.
200 Starting score
Easy 70% X 200 = 140
Medium 50% X 200 = 100
Hard 0% X 200 = 0
Total= 440

What if we didn’t finish the test.

200 Starting score
Easy 100% X 200 = 200
Medium 100% X 200 = 200
Hard 0% X 200 = 0 We don’t get to.
Total= 600

Boom, we went up 160 points and your kid didn’t have to study.
And this is just on the Math Section of the SAT. Imagine doing this to Reading and Writing.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at student S.
Her first test score was a 1070.
This was her first Writing and Language section.

She got questions wrong all over the place. There was no control. She was answering questions and trying to get to the end.
We fixed that.

Look at the difference. Instead of getting whichever kind of questions wrong, most of her wrong is in the end. And that’s because she just didn’t do it. Actually she picked up 3 additional points because her letter of the day worked.
Her English sub-score went from a 25 to a 32. All because we told her to slow down and focus on the first 2/3 of the exam.
Let’s take a look at her math.
First test:

Questions wrong all over the place.

Let’s look at the after.

Much better. Controlled and not so all over the place. She guessed on the ones she didn’t have time to get to, but on the ones she did, she was very accurate.

She went up 110 points. Not the 120 promised, but close enough. And we’re just getting started.

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