When Confidence Kicks In: How One Texas Teen Increased Her SAT Scores
When Confidence Kicks In: How One Texas Teen Increased Her SAT ScoresCamille Boxhill, Associate Director, Professional Communications, The College Board
Susan Garry is no stranger to hard work. The Texas teen and martial arts enthusiast understands that practice yields progress—both on and off the mat.
A National Merit Scholarship recipient and incoming first-year student at Cornell University, Susan attributes her SAT success to practicing with Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy both at home and in the classroom.
After watching “The Confidence” video, Susan was inspired to begin preparing the summer before her junior year. She quickly learned that practicing for the SAT works best when you make it work for you. Research shows that practicing for 20 hours on Khan Academy® is associated with an average 115-point increase from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT.
Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy has changed the terrain of test prep—and more students than ever are ditching exclusive (and expensive) for-profit programs that focus on tricks and day-of hacks and embracing free, high-quality, personalized practice tools that allow students to practice on their own terms. Its interactive platform provides real-time feedback, allowing students to work on identified problem areas.
“I really liked to focus on whatever I needed most to practice,” Susan said. “I could make a lot of small time commitments, which really added up.”
And those small time commitments paid off on test day. With just one hour each weekday, Susan surpassed expectations, and boosted her SAT score 330 points (1570 overall) from her PSAT score. Her new score allowed her to expand her college list, which included Rice and Cornell Universities (among others).
Summer is the perfect opportunity for students to begin preparing for the SAT and the free, personalized practice tools on Khan Academy make it that much easier. Check out this video to see how Susan customized her Khan Academy experience and boosted her SAT score.