That’s an excellent question! The very fact that you are thinking over this, means you are a serious SAT test taker who wants to be fully prepared on exam day.
Let’s understand the science of brain which will help us to plan a study schedule for you.
The horizontal axis is showing the number of days .the vertical axis shows how much % of a particular concept you retain in your memory from day one you learned that concept. The blue line on the graph shows the cycle of memory retention if you keep revising in regular interval. the dotted line shows how much you will forget if you don’t revise regularly
Here’s an example to understand this science better. let’s say John memorized quadratic equation formula on May 1st .if he doesn’t revise this on 3rd may, he would have forgotten 50% of the concept which means actually he has no clue about this concept.
If he revises it at regular interval as shown in the graph on 2nd May, 3rd May,10th May and 30th May, he is going to retain this concept for years to come more than 95% memory retention.
So what is the conclusion of all this
To start preparation late- if you start late you have to cram through sessions and no time to revise which will lead to loss of knowledge retention on exam day .
To start preparation early- the Only disadvantage with early preparation is most of the students lose focus during preparation and starts getting bored revising same concept again and again.
From the experience of best SAT tutors and 99 percentiles SAT test takers, it has been found that
3 months is the ideal time.
How to plan your study schedule
Some topics in SAT requires regular practice .it is advised you should start preparing for these topics first and do regular practice till the end of 3rd month. Here’s the list of topics you should start with
Cover these topics first
- Reading comprehension
- Heart of algebra
- Passport to advanced Math
Cover these topics later
- Problem-solving and Data Analysis
- Additional Topics in Math
- Writing and Language
So guys if you are looking to take SAT on March 5th 2017, start prepping from 5th December,2016