Ask a question

how do i get 2400 on the SAT?

What is the best way to have a high probability of achieving a 2400 score on the SAT?

5 Answers by Expert Tutors

Tutors, sign in to answer this question.
Sarah V. | Patient and Enthusiastic Math, Reading, Writing and Science TutorPatient and Enthusiastic Math, Reading, ...
4.8 4.8 (153 lesson ratings) (153)

Practice, practice, practice. Go over vocabulary flashcards to improve your verbal scores, and try solving as many sample questions as you can in both the verbal and quantitative sections. Having a tutor to help and motivate you may also be a good addition to your own studying!

Jennifer J. | Experienced Tutor for GMAT, GRE, LSAT, SAT, and ACT TestsExperienced Tutor for GMAT, GRE, LSAT, S...
4.9 4.9 (65 lesson ratings) (65)
This is a very interesting question and, I think, a very legitimate one. The more I thought about it, the more interesting it is...So here are my thoughts...
The issue can be analogized to practicing in a sport. For example, if your goal is to run a marathon in 60 minutes, then you don't stop practicing just because you ran that distance in 60 minutes one time. You must be able to consistently run that far in, say, 59 minutes to have a fairly high probability of making it in 60 minutes at the real marathon.
Similarly, making a 2400 on a practice SAT test only one time is not enough practice to reach a high probability of making a 2400 on the real test. The questions that make the difference between an 800 and a 780 on one of the SAT sections, for example, are often so unusual and unpredictable that you need to make a 2400 on, say, six or seven practice tests to significantly increase your probability of making a 2400 on your actual SAT. 
For example, if you take three SAT practice tests, and make a 2380 on all three of the practice tests, your probability of making a 2400 on the real SAT is quite low - just guessing, maybe a probability of .1?). That is because in taking three practice tests, you have not once made a 2400. And it's not possible to "train" with the SAT by taking SAT practice tests and consistently getting scores higher than 2400, as you can do if you are training for the marathon (see above). There  is no "59 minute score" that you can sometimes make while practicing for the SAT, as there is when you practice running.   
The probability of getting a 2400 on the SAT is, thus, not a "random" probability question like we learned at school  (i.e., "if you have 3 red marbles and 3 blue marbles in a box, what is the probability you will draw a red marble" In the case of the marbles, we assume there are no other mitigating factors, for example, the box has been set on an uneven surface and the marbles of one color weigh a bit more than those of the other color-perhaps because of differences in engineering tolerances. In other words, in the marbles probability problem we assume that all other variables are equal.)
Not so on the SAT. So many variables cannot be controlled when you take your real SAT - the temperature of the room, the type of desk you have, your placement in the room, someone next to you who keeps tapping their pencil and sighing, your nervousness, and the list goes on and on. And that's not even mentioning the variables of the vocabulary words you get on the SAT that day, or the hardest math question on that particular day's SAT... 
So, as I said above, your best chance of increasing your probability of making a perfect 2400 on your real SAT to as close as possible a 1.0, would be to make 2400 consistently on say, six or seven practice tests. I am guessing, obviously, by saying "six or seven practice tests at 2400", but it's my gut feel, and it seems to be pretty typical for the students I've known who were confident they would make a perfect score.)
As I said, this is a VERY interesting question. If we can find a way to explain this to our students, they will realize that even if their goal is "just" an 1800, making an 1800 once on a practice test is not enough practice.


Jennifer, you do realize that for the NEW SAT, as long as the student can ensure 800 on at least one subject sections and take the test for 3 times, he/she can still get 2400 even if missed few questions on each exams? There is a thing called super score.
Drew M. | Because You Don't Have Time to Waste on Subject & Test Prep!Because You Don't Have Time to Waste on ...
5.0 5.0 (15 lesson ratings) (15)

Work with somebody who knows what he's doing. (Hint: I'm that guy)

Ashton R. | Patient, Fun, and Energitic Tutor.Patient, Fun, and Energitic Tutor.
5.0 5.0 (34 lesson ratings) (34)

answer lots of questions correctly.

Constance K. | Highly Experienced Ivy League Tutor with Specialization in Test PrepHighly Experienced Ivy League Tutor with...
4.9 4.9 (38 lesson ratings) (38)
If you really want to know the answer, I suggest you to read my blog about the truth of SAT and how everyone is capable of getting at least 2000+ on SAT. As matter of fact, when I applied to college 4 years ago, I received 2400 on SAT. I have done it myself, and many of my students also did it. The truth is, you need to find a tutor who really knows the stuff (not just teach from those stupid prep books) on real tests. Even though you can buy the prep books and practice questions forever, you might not--you will not get 2400. Because if it is that easy, then everyone would've done it. So secret number one, stay away from those commonplace test prep books/agencies (ex Princeton Review, Kaplan)/teachers(who only know how to teach from the book)--because people who received 2300+on SAT have a very different and straightforward efficient system which ensures them to stay ahead of the game.


It's noteworthy that grammar is on the SAT.
You do realize that the "grammar" sections are not proofreading sections right? SAT1 is named the SAT "reasoning" test for a reason. Perhaps we have very different perspectives on SAT. That is why for me, I only teach my students the "improtant" stuff. For example, teach them how to IDENTIFY the errors on the writing sections, pick the right answers and move on.    
Yes, I do realize that, Constance. There is an "essay Writing" portion that counts for one half of the entire Writing score. I am just pointing out that tutors need to have excellent grammar, themselves, to teach the essay writing section adequately to one of their students.
Jennifer, the most important quality of a good tutor is knowing about the test. Excuse me, but for the record, essay writing does not take points off for minor grammars, because College Board understands that no one can write a well-organized essay with perfect grammar in that short period of time. In addition, the essay does not counts for half of the entire Writing score. I had students who got 10/12 and still got 800 on the Writing portion. If you still do not recognize how the math works, please reference to the College Board rubric. Even if you get 0/12 for the essay, as long as you get all MC correct, the lowest raw score is 670, which is obviously not half, since half of 800 would be 400.   
Hi again, Constance,
The graders of the essays actually do have the discretion to take points off for both minor and major grammatical errors. It is their choice.
You may be surprised to learn that many students can and do write well-organized essays with perfect grammar in the period of time allotted for writing the essay. Their being able to do this usually depends upon their having practiced writing in the English language for a number of years. It also helps if they have been taught English from excellent teachers and tutors!
I would be surprised if a student who received a 0 out of 12 score for their essay would also get 800 on the Writing portion. If so, something strange may be going on... I seriously doubt any college or university would admit a student who made a 0 out of 12 on their essay, even if the student's SAT Writing score was 800. 
A bit of interesting history of the inclusion of the Essay writing portion of the SAT:
Prior to the inclusion of an Essay portion on the SAT, colleges and universities found that over the years they had unknowingly admitted some students who could not write well, even though those students may have memorized answers, or otherwise learned how to achieve high scores, on the multiple choice Writing sections.
Thus, the inclusion of the Essay portion was so that colleges and universities did not discover that they  admitted students who had learned how to correctly answer the finite number of grammatical error questions, but who could simply not write well (by themselves.) 
For example, for a number of years, admissions officers and professors at MIT (my daughter's alma mater) found themselves in the frustrating situation of realizing, usually too late, that they had unknowingly admitted a number of students who were excellent at math, but who could not write acceptable essays.
You can consult English grammar books, and perhaps take some classes or retain a good tutor to improve your paragraph writing, organization, grammar and syntax, and essay writing. I realize that this can be a difficult and/or embarrassing chore, but my guess is that with your education and determination, you will be able to easily perfect your writing. :-)
Best of luck to you!
It is impossible to get 0/12 for essay, unless the student skips the whole thing and decides not to write anything. Even though the essay scoring is very biased, but I do not think according to the College Board rubric any grader would take more than 1 point off for minor grammar errors. Structure and content are always more important than the minor grammar errors, it is true for the test at least. I agree, however, one should always try to write a perfect essay at any given time. I usually proofread all my papers, so I have not encountered any "writing" issues in formal essays. But honestly, I can be very careless posting comments on the internet since my generation often uses slangs and abbreviations in casual settings.
Hi Constance
Thanks for your reply. This is an interesting conversation. :-) In what way do you think the essay section scoring is biased?
Hi Jennifer
I cannot say that all the essay graders are biased, but the grading is more subjective than other parts of the test. (Perhaps that is why at least two graders read the essay.) For example, there was a girl(not my student) who was a great writer(editor of school newspaper), and she wrote a perfect essay (well-oraganized essay, clear thesis) on SAT, yet, end up getting 10. There was another boy, also took the same SAT, and wrote a not so impressive essay (the essay was not very well-organized and has many spelling errors, plus really bad hand writing). Obviously the girl's essay was superior, however, the boy's also got 10. The boy's topic was about MLK and the girl's, John Brown. So I guess grader's own personal political bias do influence his/her grading process, what do you say? That is why I often tell my students, getting 12 on this test does not graeentee the same score on the next one, even if the topics are the same, because graders are not.
Nevertheless, the girl got into Williams.       
I see what you mean. Yes, I think writing one's essay on John Brown is a risk when there are thousands of other good topics from which to choose. I also agree that there is good potential for the graders to grade differently. Some just don't give a 12 often at all, and are very proud of that!  Some college teachers are like that, too. Law professors are notorious for proudly telling students in a class of 100 that they will only be giving one or two A's.