The “Standardized Assessment Test” popularly known as SAT is a form of test popularly used for college admission purposes in the United States. In this article, we would be talking about how to prepare for SAT Exams.
SAT was Introduced in 1926, and its name and scoring systems have changed several times. At first, it was referred to as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, it was later called the Scholastic Assessment Test, then the SAT I: Reasoning Test, then the SAT Reasoning Test, and now, it’s simply known as simply the SA. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways on how to prepare for SAT exams:
Take the Preparatory TEST.
One of the best ways to prepare for SAT exams is by taking preparatory tests. Nothing can prepare you for the SAT like actually taking the test. In addition to helping you assess your advancements, your mental and physical stamina for a lengthy test will be strengthened. Undertaking test that lasts for 4 hours can be a daunting task. It is recommended that you are acquainted with the process before the actual test. The insight you will get from a mock test would help prepare your mind to excel the actual test.
Be acquainted with the test arrangement.
Every test has its peculiar arrangement and SAT is not exempted. You will find that the questions start with quite simple questions and then advances steadily. Given the aforesaid, times devoted to each question should vary based on how difficult the questions are. The earlier questions should be answered fast thus giving you sufficient time to tackle tough questions at the latter part. While critical reading does not follow this format, it is wise to become acquainted with its tactics as well.
Engage in insufficient learning.
While rehearsing tests would help you become accustomed to what to expect, it would help that you explore relevant publications and topics before you sit for the test.
Read a few paragraphs, then stop and try to identify the author’s argument. This process is aimed at equipping you to ace your SAT comprehension passages, which is often concerned with weird and uninteresting topics.
Expand Your Vocabulary.
Preparing for SAT exams doesn’t mean you have to cram every word from the dictionary into your head. But studying and expanding your vocabulary is a very good way to increase your SAT score, especially if you study smart.
Work On Your ESSAY Writing.
Preparing, anxiously writing, and editing an article in 25 minutes could be a daunting task, but it is advisable that you understand the arrangement. The essay will always be the first section of the test, and it’ll always be 25 minutes long. The prompt will undoubtedly touch on a broad issue like justice, success, failure, honesty, the value of knowledge, or the importance of learning from mistakes.
Master Basic Formulas & Rules.
It is expected that you will be offered a couple of geometry formulas at the onset of the test, it is recommended that you commit to memory ever formula before the actual test. You should be conversant with area formulas, the Pythagorean Theorem, the average formula, special triangle rules, and exponent procedures off the top of your head, and many more. This will help conserve your time.
Have A Clear Understanding On How To Answer Questions.
With the exception of the essay and the handful of math grid-ins, the SAT is a multiple choice test. This doesn’t mean the test is easy, but the format does give you some important advantages. On Identifying Sentence Errors and Improving Sentences questions (on the Writing section), you can often see what grammatical concept is being tested by looking at the differences between answer choices.
SUMMARY: Basically, the SAT is all about strategy and familiarity with SAT question types and concepts. In the last few days leading before the test, resist the temptation to cram. Do not forget to rest and get adequate sleep. A healthy diet and exercise are also required for optimum mental performance. So the day of the test, you’ll be healthy, well-rested and alert, which would put you in good stead to do perform well.