Tips for taking the SAT

The first SAT of the 2019-2020 academic year is this upcoming Saturday. The SAT is a  standardized test that measures a student’s skills in three main areas: critical reading, math, and writing. There are many ways to prepare for an assessment like this even though there’s no specific material to study.

The SAT scoring runs from 0-1600. Most college prefers students who get above average on the SAT, which is around 1200. Learning ways and techniques for the SAT can better your score.

The first thing to focus on are the subjects you find most difficult. It could be math, vocabulary, writing, etc. Once you have figured out what you need to work, study those points.

Let’s say you have difficulties with vocabulary. Try making flashcards from words that are from the SAT prep book.

If you have difficulty with math, I would suggest practicing problems that could be on the test. Yet again look at an SAT prep book to find questions that stump you.

For reading; however, it’s hard to improve quickly, but I’ve come up with an excellent tip that will benefit you. Try to read short passages from anything, it could be from a newspaper, magazine or article. Reading short passages often can help you read faster, so when the SAT comes it’s easy to zoom through those stories.

Finally, time management is essential for a test like this. I would suggest taking many tests before you take the actual SAT. Getting a tutor isn’t such a bad idea because some students might need one-on-one help to prepare them.

I hope these tips and suggestions help you this Saturday.

Also, one final tip. Don’t forget a calculator!

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