Lynn Math prof offers tips on how to boost your SAT score

Bagnoni highlights the importance of preparing for the standardized test

Published Feb. 05, 2009

In the coming months, numerous high school juniors will be taking the often dreaded SAT Reasoning Test, while high school seniors are making their final selections about which college to attend. Dan Bagnoni, associate professor of mathematics in Lynn’s College of Arts and Sciences and co-author of Supercharged Tips to Boost Your SAT Score, is an expert on SAT testing.

“Although there is no recipe for being accepted into college, most educators would agree that the main ingredients would include: grade point average in college preparatory courses, extracurricular activities, community service and the standardized test score, such as the SAT,” said Bagnoni. “The SAT requires less than four hours to complete, whereas the other components require nearly four years.”

According to Bagnoni, “a majority of students won’t be admitted to the college of their choice by falling a mere 30 points short of the institutions requirement for admission.” So, the question is, what can students do to prepare themselves to achieve the test scores they need? “Prepare,” says Bagnoni.

“While College Board denies the benefits of test preparation services, my experiences show that motivated students can and do improve their standardized test scores by preparing,” said Bagnoni. To help students boost their scores, Bagnoni suggests the following 6 tips:

  • Use only The Official SAT Study Guide for practice. This book, published by College Board, contains eight previously administered SAT tests.
  • Start preparing eight weeks before the test date by doing one practice test per week (preferably on a Saturday morning).
  • Score each test and chart your progress.
  • Make a list of vocabulary words that you do not know from the practice tests. Look up these words in a dictionary and make flash cards.
  • Get help with the math section problems that you have missed.
  • If you opt for a tutor or a test preparation service, make sure they are reputable.

Source: Dan Bagnoni, associate professor of mathematics in Lynn’s College of Arts and Sciences and co-author of Supercharged Tips to Boost Your SAT Score, has been helping students prepare for PSAT and SAT testing for over 20 years. Bagnoni teaches a variety of mathematics courses at Lynn and offers tutoring to students throughout Palm Beach County.