Congratulations, you’ve taken your first step or about to take your first step towards your SAT‘s. You’ve registered for the exam and as the days to the date of your SAT’s draws near, you become more and more nervous. The best way to deal with it is to make a detailed schedule to study for your SAT’s and stick to it. Follow it every day and soon you will see quite a difference in your approach, confidence and practice scores.
Are you taking SAT for the first time? Then, there is quite a bit for you to keep in mind.
- Studying for your SAT’s is best done in the morning. While some students are not morning people, most students will better utilize their energy and time by studying in the morning hours, especially early morning hours when your mind is fresh and active.
- Find good sources of books or online material for guidance. Take as many practice tests as possible and try and understand the complete structure of all the three major sections of the SAT test, its scoring, timings, and the topics covered in each section.
- Assess yourself on your strength and weakness on the subjects and take guidance from any experienced instructors or friend who can guide you in your preparation
- Set aside few hours everyday that is completely dedicated to your SAT preparation.
- At the end of each day, go through all the things you worked on. Make a note of anything that you are not happy with so that you can revisit them the next day.
- Practice! Practice! Practice! For, practice alone can make you perfect.
- Take the sample SAT test paper once you think you are done with your preparation. Consider each and every practice test as your actual SAT test. Approach them with all seriousness and do not forget to time yourself. These practice test will slowly build your confidence level and speed up your thought process in the actual exam.
- You should be done studying for your SAT a week before the actual test date. Try to relax in the last few days before your test. Reduce any revision time to less than a couple of hours each day. Give yourself a break and let your mind rest after all the days of intense studying and pressure. Do not worry about forgetting what you’ve learned. The rest will help you remember even better during the actual exam.
- Eat and sleep well so that you can be physically and mentally fit to write the exam without any worries or tensions.
It is better to visit and know the location of the exam center once prior to the exam to avoid being lost or delayed on the exam day.
- The night before the exam, it is strongly recommended to get a minimum of 10 hours of sleep. Parties and sleepovers are a strict no no.
- The most important thing to remember before and during the SAT exam, is “DO NOT PANIC”.
- On the big day, wake up, cheer yourself up, be relaxed, after all you’ve been studying for this day for months now. Start early and make sure to reach the test center at least 30 minutes early.
- Remember to check the list of things to be taken to the test.
- Before starting the exam, go through the instructions carefully. Read the questions properly and answer all the easy ones first. Narrow down the options for the doubtful questions before answering them. Try not to waste too much time on one question.
Are you taking the SAT for the second or third time?
You are already aware of the various sections and procedures. So your main concentration this time around must be to identify why you did not meet your expectations the in your previous attempt. Look back at your previous scores and identify the problem areas. Start working more on these areas and work on improving them. You might even consider going to a professional to help coach you in those problem areas.
In any case, whether you are taking the SAT’s the first time or the nth time, practice is key and repeated practice is what is going to ultimately help you ace the test. As the date of your SAT’s approach, spend more time taking practice SAT tests online or on paper and work on any weak sections till you are satisfied. Good luck !!
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