Frequently Asked Questions About the SAT
Lots of people will offer you help in improving your score. Some
people sell you small tutorials over the internet, some offer books
and CDs for a relatively cheap price, others offer fancy courses for
hundreds or even thousands of dollars. None of it hurts. But don't
forget that the common element to all these programs is YOU. Either
you put the effort in or you don't. There is no magic pill that will
give you a better score; and there is no program where you can just go
and sit and expect to do better on the test.
So we say that the first step in improving your score is to take the
responsibility on yourself. Once you commit to spending a few minutes
each day, or two or three hours per week practicing and building the
skills that are tested on the test, you'll be well on your way. And
notice that you can make that commitment without spending a dime!
Now, it is nice to have some help along the way, and you'll probably
need some materials. We hope that our website gives you the support
you need. We also recommend some products that we've reviewed and
that seem helpful.
Finally you might want an actual person to help you. You can hire a
tutor, or you can get yourself a mentor. How about working with a
parent? With someone who already took the test? With a volunteer from
a local college or university? You don't need to spend hundreds or
thousands of dollars to get the interpersonal help you need.