PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
Taking a full-length SAT practice test is one of the best ways to prepare for your SAT, and College Board makes several full-length practice tests available for free on Official SAT Practice. Taking a practice test that follows the same timing parameters you’ll experience on test day gives you a strong indication of how you’ll score on the real SAT. Taking a practice test familiarizes you with the structure of the test, pacing of test questions, and how you’ll feel at 8 a.m. on your test day. As SAT is a grueling exam that stretches for around 4 hours, it requires both mental and physical stamina. In an age of constant distractions, maintaining focus for such a long period of time can prove to be a challenge. Only a couple of ‘breaks’ are allowed in the exam, a 10-minute break after the reading section, and a 5-minute break between the two math sections. A stretch break of 2 minutes is also present before essay (in case you opt for one). Understanding the test structure, instructions and the type of questions you will be asked will save you valuable time on test day.
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Don't stress during the process but also try to be intentional in your practice and study where you feel you are lacking knowledge. It's just one test so don't blow it out of proportion but I would find time to do a little bit throughout high school so you are ready when the time comes.
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The sooner, the better! It is best to dedicate a few hours a week and build upon this as you get closer to taking the test by perhaps enrolling in a preparatory course. I additionally cannot emphasize enough the benefit of completing practice questions, particularly in subjects you are weakest in. Good luck!
I would also recommend a coach or accountability partner to help you stay the course with your study timeline.