SAT PREP MEANS PRACTICE
Studies have shown that preparing for the SAT by taking sample questions is one of the most effective study methods available. Achieving a top score on your SATs is crucial if you want to get into the college of your choice. Unfortunately, the SAT can be extremely difficult to master if you are not prepared for it. The difference between achieving an average score versus an exceptional score often comes down to preparation - knowing what and how to study.
USE A RECOMMENDED STUDY GUIDE
You can focus your study for the SAT by using the right study guide. A good study guide helps you pinpoint your weak areas, gives you good study tips, and provides ample practice questions. The best study guides also help you by improving your problem solving abilities. Make the best use of your time by focusing on the areas that need the most work. This means you should target the questions that you miss and learn exactly why you missed them. There is little room for error on the SAT, so you’ll need to know how to tackle every type of question! I recommend that for every practice question you encounter, make a note if you are unsure about your answer. This will allow you to go back and review why the answers are correct and how you can learn.
KEEP TIME ON YOUR SIDE
It is important to keep an appropriate pace going to finish your SAT Test, even though the time limits on the SAT Test should allow you to finish your exam. Determine a “time budget” for each question. For example, if you have 50 minutes to answer 25 questions, then you have about two minutes per question. After every few questions, check the time to see if you are still on schedule. Skip questions you don’t know – don’t dwell on them. Conversely, don’t rush questions that you think you know – read them twice and pick the best answer. Careless mistakes are often what separate an exceptional score from a mediocre score.
Daniela your attitude when it comes to preparing and acing your SAT Test is the most important factor that you can control. You need to be positive and have confidence. You need to believe that you will score high on your exam. While you are taking your exam, you need to have confidence and relax. If you come across an answer that frustrates you – just skip it and come back to it later. DO NOT PANIC! If you have studied with the resources on this website – YOU WILL SCORE HIGH!
Hope this was Helpful Daniela
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My advise is going to be a bit different, nonetheless, it may prove to be quite useful.
SAT tests your aptitude in various areas. One of hardest things about improving your aptitude is that it improves very slowly and incrementally in general. Practice is useful but only to a limited extent. To verify that, try doing SAT tests with some of your colleagues and you may find that many of your friends or colleagues, may fare extremely well and other not so well. Those who are faring extremely well may not be practicing much but still getting good scores in SAT mock tests.
Why is that? The single most important reason is how their brain processes the information. One of the best way for anyone's brain to process information fast and accurately (as its needed in any aptitude test) is to make sure you consume the information/question in a crystal clear and visual manner. All the questions when read generate a clear image on what is being asked and what is answered is also very clearly visualized in the mind first. This does not come easy and requires a different kind of practice. I will suggest when you prepare for SAT, invest an hour to simply practice questions by solving them fully mentally instead of using a pen and paper. Ensure that seemingly difficult questions and calculations or analysis in done in the mind's eye. All this can be effectively done when you are completely relaxed and are in a habit of solving questions while being highly relaxed.
Once you do this over a few weeks, you will see that your speed and accuracy has significantly improved. Science has provided enough evidence that it is not just how hard we study but actually how we allow our brains to process information is more/equally important.
Hope that helps!!
Also review the College Board's web site. Knowing what to expect on the day of the test, being prepared and confident can reduce a lot of the stress.