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Escaping the 1300s: SAT Reading & Writing

Escaping the 1300s with MEK


Each score range of the SAT reflects a student’s habits, knowledge, and strategies. If you are currently scoring between 1300-1390 on the SAT, the following probably describes you:

Student Character:

You know the basics.

  • Students in this category usually know basic SAT content, have some study habits, and are somewhat familiar with the test format.

You don’t know the best strategies.

  • Students in the 1300 range usually don’t know how to approach SAT questions with the most efficient and consistent strategies.
  • They often answer questions using a process that takes too long or only leads to the right answer some of the time.

You lack endurance.

  • The SAT is a long, mentally exhausting test. Students at this level usually lose focus halfway through the full-length test.
  • When there are many difficult questions in a row, these students begin to feel frustrated or discouraged. They often lose motivation or struggle to stay on track.

How to Escape:


You must learn an efficient and proven strategy for ALL questions types on the Reading & Writing section. Remember, you need a strategy that will work every time, no matter which test you are taking. Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.

Reading Section:

  • Build your vocabulary: You can’t get questions right if you don’t understand half the words that are used! Expanding vocabulary will improve your reading comprehension skills.
  • Word in Context:  Focus on improving your score for Word in Context questions. There are usually around 10 of these questions on the test. So building your vocabulary and learning the correct strategy for tackling this type of questions is the quickest way to improve your reading score.

Writing Section: 

  • In this score range, you should feel pretty comfortable with standard grammar questions such as punctuation and pronouns. So you need to start focusing on the harder concepts. Most notably, you should work on questions that deal with using language effectively.
  • You should learn how to identify a concision (not using too many words or repetitive words) and precision (picking the exact right word) question. Precision is another test topic in which a high level vocabulary will help you find the right answer.
  • Furthermore, you should learn the best strategy for answering syntax (how a sentence is structured or an idea is expressed) questions. This is the quickest way to improve your score.


Reaching a new score range is not just about building skills and content knowledge. It is also about correcting any faulty reasoning or ways of thinking that are hindering your performance

  • Think like a test maker: You need to shift your mindset to think more like a test maker than a test taker. You need to learn how to identify the intention of each question. The SAT is a very intentional test! Every word in every answer choice is there for a reason. Start figuring out how SAT test makers think, and you will not only improve your score, but you will also become faster at taking the test.
  • Identify Weaknesses: You need to identify your key weaknesses in each section. Do you struggle with pronoun or punctuation questions in the Writing section? Are  textual evidence or purpose questions from the Reading section your weak point? At this score range, you are probably missing enough questions that you have a pattern in your wrong answers. Figure that pattern out!  Once you are able to identify the chinks in your armor, you can aggressively target those weaknesses in your studies in order to improve more quickly.

The 100 Point Project:

By following these guidelines, you can move up to the 1400+ score range within 7 MEK sessions. MEK provides full-length practice tests, mini tests, and vocabulary quizzes. Your MEK instructor will teach you the most efficient and effective strategies, while MEK’s detailed error analysis report will identify your weaknesses. Your instructors will work on building your endurance and improving your mindset.

Escape the 1300s in 7 sessions!

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