Taking the SAT one big step on your way to college. This is an important test that you must pass if you want to be accepted into prestigious colleges and universities. Admissions decisions will greatly depend on your score, which can account for as high as 50%. Thus, a strong SAT score is highly significant.
To help you achieve a high score, here are six SAT preparation tips you must consider.
1. Know the details
You need to become familiar with the crucial SAT components. Test preparation can be made a lot easier if you understand the instructions, test structure, and the type of questions you’ll be asked. Also, be aware of what you can expect to encounter in every test section, which includes reading, mathematics, writing and language, and essay.
2. Take a practice test
The best way to determine how you would measure up is to take an SAT practice test while mimicking the real testing conditions as closely as possible. For instance: you must only take breaks if you would on the test day; use a timer for each test section, and switch off your phone.
By doing so, you will become more in tune with the expected flow of activity, so you won’t be surprised during your actual test day.
3. Develop a study plan
Use your practice test score as your baseline in making a study plan. Do you need to focus more on mathematics drills? Build up your vocabulary? Then, come up with a viable schedule and set goals for studying.
When setting goals, you must follow the SMART criteria – Specific, Meaningful, Action-Oriented, Realistic, and Timely. Your goal should read like this: “My goal is to increase my mathematics score on the SAT from a 25 to 30 for my composite score to increase. I will study algebra for 30 minutes on Tuesday and Thursday.”
4. Take a prep class
If studying on your own makes you feel lazy or is difficult for you, consider taking a prep class. This is highly recommended because there is an instructor you can ask in case you don’t understand certain concepts or answers, which can be a huge help.
The standard SAT program will last for two months. This will include proctored SAT practice tests, in-class instruction, and feedback sessions.
Phase 1 will consist of classes that will help you better understand topics that are relevant to the Verbal and Math sections of the SAT test. Phase 2, on the other hand, will consist of proctored SAT practice tests.
After each test, there will be a feedback session to reinforce important concepts, discuss questions you find too difficult, clarify any doubts, and review different strategies.
An SAT prep class is the best way to identify areas you need to pay more attention to. Your instructor will develop an individualized study plan to meet your specific needs.
5. Practice daily
Practicing a little on a daily basis is one of the best ways to prepare for your SAT. Never procrastinate, but don’t get burnt, out either!
Follow your study schedule and practice on essential materials. Check out online resources, start reading, memorize (especially math concepts and formulas), and increase your vocabulary. If you find unfamiliar words, underline or highlight them, then look up what they mean.
Also, you can take advantage of SAT apps that allow you to monitor your test prep progress and study lessons anywhere and anytime.
6. Stay healthy
If you are well-rested and healthy, you will do better in your test prep class and, of course, on your actual SAT. Thus, make sure to always get a good night’s sleep, eat a well-balanced diet, take multivitamins to boost your immunity, and de-stress.
Studying for the SAT may seem easy, but this involves a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment. You have to familiarize yourself with the way the test is conducted.
Also, you must learn what to expect from every test section. Commit to practice daily. Most importantly, get help by enrolling in an SAT program. Your instructors will be a huge help because they will not only help you understand unclear concepts, but also provide you with essential tips you can use to ace your SAT.
Maloy Burman is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Premier Genie FZ LLC. He is responsible for driving Premier Genie into a leadership position in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education space in Asia, Middle East and Africa and building a solid brand value. Premier Genie is currently running 5 centers in Dubai and 5 centers in India with a goal to multiply that over the next 5 years.