The SAT comes in two sections: One tests your math skills, and the other assesses your ability to read and write. Each section is scored on a range from 200 to 800 for a total combined score of 400 to 1,600.
So, how do students usually do? Based on average scores coming in at 1,060, most students do well, although some students do better than others. With so much riding on your score, you likely want to do your very best. These study tips will help.
Read a Lot
A great deal of the SAT is based on reading comprehension. In addition to the reading portion, you must be able to read and understand the questions throughout the rest of the test. Want to improve your reading comprehension? Read — a lot. Non-fiction is best since it’s more of a dry read with lots of information, much like the SAT test. You can also boost reading comprehension by increasing your vocabulary, keeping notes and writing down your thoughts and ideas.
Brush up on Grammar
Take some time to brush up on grammar. There are many online resources that will help you do this, such as Daily Grammar, Grammar Girl and English Grammar 101. A few minutes a day on any of these sites will give you the boost you need to nail the portions of your test that pertain to grammar.
Do not cram for your test. Cramming doesn’t work. All cramming does is familiarize you with the material. It doesn’t give you a chance to absorb, learn and remember the information. It’s much more effective to study in short sessions for weeks leading up to a major test. This encodes the information in your brain, which will make it easier to recall during your test.
Do Practice Tests
Practice tests allow you to become familiar with the SAT’s format and the types of questions you can expect on test day. Use these tests to develop a game plan, uncover weak areas and track your progress. It’s important to take as many practice tests as possible until you feel confident enough to take the real test.
Spend More Time on Weak Areas
Don’t waste time studying what you’ve already mastered. Instead, devote your study time to areas where you have weaknesses or doubts. This will allow you to get the maximum benefit from the amount of time you have to dedicate to studying.
It’s the quality, not the quantity, of your studying that matters. You can spend hours cramming your brain with useless knowledge that won’t help you out on test day. Or you can sharpen your reading comprehension, grammar skills and test-taking skills and slay that test. The choice is yours.
~Here’s to Your Success!
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