What Matters Most in SAT Test Preparation

By A+ Staff on 28 August 16 Blog
SAT Test Preparation

Nobody walks into the SAT test “cold” and aces it. In fact, there’s no better way to guarantee poor performance. Those who do well on the SAT are those who engage in intensive SAT test preparation ahead of time!

Top Four Tips for SAT Test Preparation

  1. Take practice tests!

There really is no better way to prepare for the SAT than to take plenty of practice tests.  This does several things:

  • It prepares you for the rigors of sitting through a 3 1/2-hour test.
  • You become familiar with the various types of questions likely to appear on the real SAT.
  • You can develop test-fatigue strategies to help keep yourself focused during the real test.
  • You learn your strengths and weaknesses, telling you which areas to focus on when studying and practicing.

If your practice test scores do not meet your expectations, take an SAT prep class such as ASC A+ Program of Boston. These face-to-face classes not only help you master the content, but also train you in test-taking strategies and build confidence.

  1. Make your calculator your best friend.

Since advanced calculators are allowed on the SAT math section, know how to use yours well. Take time to read the manual, and learn how to do advanced functions within the calculator. The math section can be vastly easier, if you know how to make your calculator do most of the hard work.

  1. Practice the writing section separately.

If there’s one single area of the SAT we’d advise you devote special attention to, it’s the written essay. Even for a professional writer, attempting to plan, write, and proofread an essay in only 25 minutes is a significant challenge! This is a specialized skill which can only be developed through practice, so write a lot of practice essays ahead of time.

Also, because the writing section comes first, you don’t want to get too stressed or over-exert yourself when trying to finish it. Otherwise, you could lack the energy needed to tackle the longer multiple-choice test sections.

  1. Don’t study the night before the test.

If you’ve been following a good SAT test preparation schedule prior to the real SAT test, you should be well-prepared already.  Stressing out on the night before – especially trying to cram – is actually more likely to decrease your score.  Even if you’re nervous or excited for the test, take it easy and relax so you’ll be calm and well-rested on the morning of the test.

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