The best way to get better at standardized tests like the SAT and ACT is to harness the power of deliberate practice to improve incrementally until you reach your score goals.
- Commit to preparation and make prep a priority for two to three months before your target test.
- Make sure you’re using official practice tests and instructional material.
- Take timed practice tests under simulated test conditions.
- Review your work, focusing on how to answer questions faster, easier, and more accurately.
The quickest way to get much better at standardized tests like the SAT and ACT–or anything else, really–is to work with an expert coach or tutor to help you through the process of leveraging deliberate practice to improve incrementally until you reach your score goals. Everything listed above works better and faster with the right coaching.
The secret to success is no secret at all: COACHING AND PRACTICE.