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The SAT is a challenging experience. Read this article to find 5 great tips to help you prepare for the SAT!
1. Don’t Cram
Alright, so it’s Friday night and you’re taking the SAT tomorrow: it’s time to get an energy drink and crack open the prep book you bought four months ago, right? Wrong. Studies have shown that cramming is not an effective way of preparing. Not only will you end up groggy and unhappy while you’re taking the SAT, odds are you won’t be able to remember what you studied last night. Lots of practice is also the best way to beat test anxiety. After all, if you’ve taken ten or fifteen practice tests, you’ll know what to expect on the real thing. Begin preparing well in advance and practice a lot!
2. Practice Like It’s the Real Thing
While reviewing the material that will be on the SAT is definitely helpful, you want to remember to take real, timed SATs for practice as well. Doing so will help you get a sense for how the SAT is laid out and how much time you need per section. You will also become more accustomed to performing well under pressure. The College Board offers a book, The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition, which contains ten official SAT exams for you to practice on. To get the most out of your practice, you should have access to detailed solutions, like the ones found in Test Masters Complete Solutions to the SAT Study Guide. These solutions are not available in the College Board’s book and help you pinpoint your weaknesses to prepare better for the SAT.
3. Are We There Yet?
The week leading up to the SAT is stressful, but you should take time to map out a route to your testing center ahead of time. This helps ensure you get to your test on time and with a minimum of stress. Remember that construction and other changes don’t always show up on most online maps.
4. License and Registration, Please
Remember that you must take valid identification with you the morning of the SAT. According to the College Board, your ID must be current, have a photo of you, have your name on it in English, and match the name on your Admission Ticket. This includes driver’s licenses, state-issued IDs, school IDs, valid passports, or a student ID form prepared by your school. They will not accept social security cards, credit cards, birth certificates, expired passports, or a yearbook. You should organize all the stuff you’re taking to the test the night before and enjoy a stress-free morning before the test.
5. Know the Section Instructions
When do you think the right time to read the SAT instructions are? Is it in a chilly classroom at an uncomfortable desk with the clock ticking? Nope! You should have the instructions understood before you even set foot in a testing center. Review them when you take practice tests and soon they’ll be second nature. The reward for your efforts? More time to spend actually answering questions.