The SAT will probably be one of the most important tests you will ever take; on your score hinges so many things - your college choice, scholarship opportunities, and, ultimately, your career. A high score will give you a definite edge. It’s vital, then, to work very industriously so that you can make an excellent grade.
Research and order your study aids first. There are many great books, software programs, and web sites out there. Collegeboard’s “The Official SAT Study Guide” is very good, and Barrons’ “How to Prepare for the New SAT” is excellent. If mathematics poses a challenge for you, Barron’s “Math Workbook for the New SAT” will help you immensely. Also, be sure to sign up on collegeboard.com for the free “SAT Question of the Day.”
Now that you’ve got your books and other resources, systematically work through each one, tackling some in each book or program every day.
Pay particular attention to the SAT essay. especially if you don’t have much experience with timed essays or are weak in general writing. Write one or two (maybe even three if you’ve got the time) timed essays every week on a topic given to you in one of your books (each one has a list of sample prompts). Let a parent or good friend read the finished product and tell you how they think you did and how you could improve.
When test day comes, eat a nourishing, low-carb, high protein breakfast and take plenty of deep breaths. You don’t need to be nervous – you’re well-prepared!
Written by SarahElizabeth
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