Efficiency and accuracy must be balanced in order to pass the test. Having a strategy in place to respond to as many inquiries accurately as you can. Here are some test-taking drills:
1. Be Patient
There are two ways you may go wrong with this. One is to go out, have a good time, and sleep late. The alternative is to study all night long! Whatever study you undertake the night before the SAT won't make a difference in your final score. It would be best for you to relax.
If you must study the previous day, keep it to no more than 30 minutes. Otherwise, unwind and do something soothing like watching your preferred TV show, visiting a friend's house (but remember to return home at a sensible hour), or taking a stroll. Yes, playing video games the night before the SAT is advised. Just limit yourself to an hour or two.
2. Prepare Your Bag
Packing your items the night before will help you avoid forgetting anything in the morning. What you need to carry is as follows: [may take into account displaying images of these or have the speaker hold them up:
Here are a few additional items we advise:
- Entry Ticket - The College Board website allows you to print your admission ticket.
- A Photo ID is required - examples include a driver's licence, learner's permit, passport, or student ID.
- 2 Pencils - Just in case, we advise you to carry 5 pencils. Make sure they are sharpened, ordinary pencils that aren't mechanical!
- Calculator - Although they are not necessary, calculators are allowed and will be very helpful on the math part. Install fresh batteries the evening before the test.
What about things to not bring?
- Watch - Wearing a watch is a smart move. Although testing rooms typically feature a clock, occasionally they might not or the clock might not be functional. Wearing your watch ensures that you can always keep track of the time. Digital watches are acceptable as long as they won't beep throughout the test. Remember that smart watches are not allowed.
- Jacket - Layering your clothing is recommended no matter what time of year you are taking the test. You want to make sure you'll be comfortable because the testing room might be hot or cold.
- Snack - The test will include two breaks, so it's a good idea to pack a nutritious snack to keep you energised.
- Small Drink - If there isn't a drinking fountain, bring a small bottle of water or your chosen beverage.
3. A fantastic SAT tip is to get a good night's sleep.
- It's advisable to leave your cell phone at home or in your vehicle. If you must bring your phone to the testing location, switch it off and give it to your proctor.
- Any Other Electronics – Be sure to leave any smart watches or electronic fitness devices at home. Even if you have the best of intentions, the use of electronic gadgets might invalidate not only your own but also everyone else's results.
- Other Tools - Unless you have testing accommodations that specifically permit them, do not bring a highlighter, ruler, or any other tools.
After a week of school, you're probably exhausted; take advantage of that! Get to bed early so you may be well-rested on test day. Avoid playing video games or watching movies after 2 am. Unbelievably, sleep has a significant impact on your memory and capacity for academic work. Get lots of sleep—it's the most delicate thing you can do for your brain! Don't try to go to bed earlier than normal, though, as you might have difficulties dozing off.
THE SAT MORNING: Additional SAT techniques
1. Get up!
Rolling out of bed and heading straight to a 65-minute reading section is a horrible choice. Rather, give yourself plenty of time to prepare before you need to depart. Take a shower as soon as your alarm goes off to assist yourself in fully awakening. Before leaving, you should be fully awake!
2. Make Your Heart Race
Exercising a little before you leave for the test is a terrific suggestion. Your brain will receive more oxygen by getting your heart pounding through exercise. You'll perform better on the test if your brain is in better health! Think about performing push-ups, jumping jacks, or any other workout that will raise your heart rate for 10-15 minutes.
3. Have a nutritious breakfast.
Instead of a doughnut or sugary cereal, reach for a bowl of oats, fruit, or granola. Since you won't be able to eat again for at least five hours, you don't want to be distracted from the test by a growling stomach.
4. Maintain Your Regular Routine
It's acceptable to have your usual amount of coffee or tea before the test if you typically do so before school. On test day, do not, however, try it out if it is not a regular part of your routine. You don't want to run the danger of getting sick or jittery from caffeine because everyone's reactions to it vary. The same holds for medications of any type and energy drinks.
At the Test Centre: Additional Sat Advice
1. Arrive Early
Give yourself plenty of time to go to the testing site. It might be a good idea to drive there in the days before the exam if it's somewhere you've never been before so you know where it is. Usually, you need to get there between 7:45 and 8:00 am. To be certain, though, double-check your admittance ticket. It can be busy at the testing facility, so give you enough time to park if necessary and register.
2. The Proctor
A proctor will be present in your testing area, and their duties will include administering and collecting tests, keeping time, and ensuring that all regulations are observed. While some proctors carefully read the instructions, others quickly scan them. To ensure that this isn't left to chance, it's advisable to familiarise yourself with the test's instructions before taking it. Near the end of each session, proctors frequently issue 5-minute warnings, but this isn't always the case. It's recommended to use your watch because of this. To prevent it from happening again on the following part, be sure to point it out if you noticed that the proctor called time a little early on a section.
A 10-minute and a 5-minute break will be provided for you. Make use of them to your benefit! Don't be that person who merely waits for the test to restart in the testing room. Go to the restroom, get a sip of water, eat your snack, and converse with your buddies in the hallway. Avoid talking about the test though. You want to arrive feeling revitalised and prepared to proceed to the following step. Just as we advised before the test, getting up and moving around will increase your blood flow and give your brain a much-needed boost to get through the next part of the exam.
It should go without saying, but avoid attempting to steal! This includes talking to other students about the test, going back to earlier sections or moving on to the next section before you are permitted to. You should also avoid doing anything that can be interpreted as an attempt to cheat because the College Board is quite tight about security.
COMMON SAT MYTHS: SAT preparation tips
1. You only need to sign your name to earn 400 points.
The minimum score is 400, however, that's effectively equivalent to zero rather than an additional 400 points as it's impossible to receive a score of less than 200 in any one section.
2. To get a perfect score, fill in A, B, C, and D on each question.
Don't try this since any question with more than one bubble filled in will be incorrectly counted.
3. If you're unsure, choose C
C isn't any more likely to be the right answer than any other because every answer option only occurs on the test around 14% of the time. Picking the same letter for all of the questions you don't have time to answer is a solid tactic. However, it doesn't matter which letter you select because they should all occur roughly equally frequently.
4. On particular SAT days throughout the year, there is a "better" curve.
We looked into it, and the scaled results for each test were only slightly varied.
5. The SAT gauges mental aptitude.
Nope. The SAT simply evaluates your ability to complete the exam.
6. You can get into top schools with a high SAT score.
Test scores make just a little part of your college application. Top institutions consistently turn away applicants with outstanding SAT scores. Your transcript, letters of recommendation, essays, and other application components are all important.
YOU ARE NOW READY!
So make an effort to not worry too much about the exam. It is merely one component of your college application, and neither your IQ nor your value as a person is determined by it. We wish you the best of luck and preparation as you take the exam!
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