Tips on facing the test that helps you get in!
By Annabella Goshen
Did you know that the SAT used to stand for Scholastic Aptitude Test? It did, but this acronym became so controversial that the test is now referred to as just the SAT.
Each year, a plethora of students take this exam. Its objective is to quantify the students’ knowledge of reading, writing and math. Along with the college application form, the SAT carries significant weight for the overall application. As an excellent way to create a goal for the SAT, most colleges have created an expected score range, which the accepted applicants at their institution have achieved on the SAT.
In addition to this, while high school may seem demanding, it is essential to allocate time aside weekly in order to prepare effectively for the SAT. Here are some tips for this daunting yet completely approachable exam:
Many students do not realize the importance of practicing for the SAT. It is essential to take this exam regularly in the same conditions as the ones required on the day of the SAT. This means no snacks while taking the test, no cell phones, and no other distractions. Don’t get up during the middle of one section, as this is generally not allowed and it will disrupt your time.
- Test yourself.
One of the most common pitfalls of the SAT is not the lack of knowledge, but the lack of time. Don’t fall into the excuse of not having enough time. Each time you practice, pace yourself and time each section. Depending on the section, each question may require between 40 seconds to a little over a minute to complete.
- Know yourself.
Understanding what kind of student you are will allow you to be more successful for this test. Do you prefer studying on your own or working one on one with someone who will guide you with the questions? Can you concentrate in a class setting? Depending on your personality and concentration skills, some students prefer to study by themselves, others prefer to work with one tutor, while others prefer a class setting while learning how to tackle each question. If you know you will get distracted with your friends, don’t take a class with them. This time is valuable for you and only you.
- Stay positive.
During the essay prompt, many students may feel discouraged by the type of question or by the time allocated to answer this. Block out any negative thoughts including “this question is impossible,” “it is too vague,” or “I simply can’t do it.” Regardless of what the question is, train yourself. Tell yourself that you can do it, create a thesis statement right away, create a mini outline, and go for it! You have the key to your future so embrace it by being positive.
Relaxing before and after the exam will help you synergistically. It is not recommended to cram the night before the exam. Go to bed early, meditate, wake up on time, have a nutritious breakfast and make sure you take your ID and test form that day. After taking the SAT, pat yourself on the back and don’t stress about the grade. You will receive your score promptly. Focus on the rest of your application so you can succeed.
Therefore, believe in yourself and even though the SAT may seem like an impossible task at first, you will see that you can get through it and tackle it successfully!