Prep is Important

As told by my last post, I am currently an avid studier for the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test). Figuring that I am taking it in exactly a month, my nerves are shot at the idea that I will soon be taking a 3 hour test that can be a deciding factor of me getting into university. And considering I really want to go to a competitive private school, my scores need to hit rocket proportions.

SAT prep is hard. I’m not going to lie to you. You have been preparing for the SAT for the last 12 or so years of your schooling but there is still so much to learn. SAT prep helps you tighten your abilities specifically to the test, making you better at Critical Reading, Writing, and Math.

When I first started studying a year ago, just with doing the Daily SAT Question, I didn’t take it very seriously. But that small amount of practice for a year made a huge difference, just with getting me familiar with the question format. Now, I read The Official SAT Study Guide every night before I go to bed and Hack the Sat in my free time during school. Going through these books is incredibly helpful for me, because I become used to the format and these books use previous test questions for their examples, giving you a real idea of the questions! Plus, the people of TOSSG are the same people who make the SAT. Who else could help you study better?

The SAT is a stressful time for any student, especially those who need really high scores to get into their dream school. I’ve found myself a few times flipping out over getting a question wrong, or not understanding how to find the answer to a problem. And that’s just how life is. But the trick is to not flip out while studying. Instead, keep a calm head, know that you do know the material, you just can’t put the material to the question, and that you can always re-take the SAT. If you go head over heels about getting a perfect score and starting breathing fire, chances are that you will concentrate more on that than the studying. If you stay calm, take a few deep breaths, and level-headedly read the problem again, chances are it will make sense to you soon.

I’m nervous about taking the SAT next month. I got an average score on the PSAT and I’m a bit worried about getting a better-than-average score on the SAT. Do any of you have great SAT study tips? What was your score? Please leave all comments below and have a great week!

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