Pre SAT Prep: Things You Must Know and Why

The SATs are the most important exams that you will take in your high school career. The purpose of the SATs is to assess just what and how much you have learned during the years that you have been in high school, this is why reputable colleges and universities heavily rely on SAT scores when deciding admission. A good SAT score indicates not only stock knowledge but indirectly gives a clue on just how effectively you learn and retain important facts and concepts—something which successful college students have in common.

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The SATs are going to be unlike any other tests you have taken in school. The sheer volume of test questions will be rather exhausting to say the least. The SATs are going to be an intellectual marathon—have no doubt about that. And just like an athletic runner who conditions his mind and body preparatory to a race, you should do the same too.

Pre-SAT, there are some things that you have to know. To see what these are, refer to the list below:

  • Familiarize yourself with the SAT format. Go online and research about previous SAT versions to see how questions are formulated (there are actually eight different kinds of test question categories). Pay attention to SAT essay prompts, and worked solutions to various test questions. By knowing what kind of questions to expect, you can tailor your review technique accordingly.
  • Examine the answer sheet very carefully and ensure that you know how to correctly fill it out. This may seem too basic but believe it or not, some college dreams have been frustrated because of this rather fundamental step. SAT answer sheets are machine-read, and you need to avoid anything which can tamper and alter your sheet’s reading.
  • Take as many practice tests as you can, and closely simulate the actual SAT exam conditions. For instance, strictly follow time limits, restrict snacking and bathroom breaks, and answer the exams while sitting in a mildly uncomfortable desk chair – by doing so, you can see just how different it is to study in the comfort of your room as opposed to testing on the actual day. If you could find several buddies who can do a dry run with you, much better. That way, you can see just how your testing ability is affected by these restrictions and distractions, so you can adjust or make arrangements if necessary.

On the day of the exam, you have to make sure that you have your admission ticket, a legitimate photo ID, a watch, a test-approved calculator, and several #2 pencils and soft erasers.

Eric Pratum and Empower.me help teens learn more, pass their SATs and ACTs, get into a great college, and more.

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