Many students worry about how they'll prepare for the SAT and get into their perfect college. With the SAT just around the corner, this may seem like an impossibility. But don't give up! You can quickly maximize your score by following these five tips from Essay Queen.
1) Start Studying Early
Unfortunately, the SAT isn't the type of test you can cram for during the week before your test. The best way to do well on the exam is to build your math, reading, and writing skills during the months prior to your test date. Most professionals recommend studying 1-2 months ahead of your test.
2) Get a Good Night's Sleep
It's important for you to be well energized before taking your test to optimize your ability to focus. The SAT is a timed test, meaning that it is important for you to make the most of each second you're given. If you're tired, you may lag behind. Try to get on a good sleep schedule the week prior to your exam to ensure that your body will be well-adjusted to the sleep pattern you need to be ready for your test.
3) Eat Breakfast
Just like getting a good night's rest, it is important for you to eat a good breakfast before you enter the test site. You'll be given a few short breaks throughout the test that could, and should, be used for stretching. However, there will not be enough time for you to sneak in a snack. It's expected that you'll be at the test site for a few hours, so make sure you get your breakfast in!
4) Bring Extra Pencils
The worst thing that can happen during the SAT is having nothing to write with. While some proctors may have extra pencils available, it's better to not take a chance. Bring at least three sharpened #2 pencils to avoid added stress on test day and minimize the statistical likelihood that all of your pencils will break.
5) Take Advantage of Your Test Booklet
Draw all over it! Make sure you write out your solutions to math problems before bubbling in the correct answer on your answer sheet. Make sure you write all over your booklet for reading too! Underline important parts of the text and make notes on the side of your paper so you can quickly remember important points while answering the questions.
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Cheryl M., Essay Queen Staff
Five Quick Tips for Success on the SAT