The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is held to shortlist suitable students for admission to colleges and universities in the United States. Beginning in 1926, this exam helps screen candidates from around the world for higher education in the US.
As the test is just days away, we bring you some tips for the SAT 2016 to help you sail through the paper.
1. Concepts Overview:
Since you don’t have many days left for your exam, it is a good idea to run through the important concepts quickly. You would want to brush up on vocabulary and some important mathematical concepts such as algebra and problem solving. You can get the official SAT prep book from College Board and you can learn basic concepts from Khan Academy.
2. Practice, Practice, Practice:
Practise is the key. Practice everyday till your test date. This is a vital part of your preparation. Make sure to take out time everyday and practice regularly. While practicing, make sure to time yourself and maintain speed for the test.
SAT is a long, four-hour test and timing is of paramount importance to score high. Keep a stopwatch with you and time every section if not every question. Also, read as much as you can during this time.
Pick up a novel or two and try to improve your reading speed as it will be immensely helpful in the evidence-based reading section. You should also write at least five to six essays to understand the essay part on the SAT.
3. Mocks papers are your friends:
This apparently is the closest you can get to the real exam. It is important to take at least four to five mock tests before your exams. Make sure you simulate the actual test settings and sit for four hours at a stretch and not fragmented.
You will realize that it is not easy at first but you will build the necessary stamina second mock test onwards. You get four mock tests when you purchase the College Board SAT book.
4. Performance Analysis:
Taking mocks alone is not sufficient; you should analyze your performance thoroughly. Always review your wrong answers to understand your weaker areas and then work on them to score better.
Always keep at least a two-day gap between mock tests for performance analysis. This way you will get sufficient time for reviewing and would help eliminate mistakes in the next mock test.
5. Focus and Confidence:
The key to score high in any exam is focus. You should follow all the steps above and remain focused while you prepare. Understand that SAT, like any other exam, is learnable and you can raise your score by over 200 points in just a few days.
Further, be confident on the actual test day and make the most of it. Remember, your approach to an exam is of utmost important, so stay positive and believe in yourself. If you enter the examination hall with confidence, you will come out as a winner for sure.
Follow this strategy and conquer your SAT exam. Wish you luck!
– This article has been authored by Shirish Gupta, Founder-Director, Mnemonic Education & Overseas Admissions
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