- Make sure you have everything you need. It would be best to do this the night before. You will need your admission ticket, a photo ID, plenty of sharpened #2 pencils, and a good working calculator. You may want to pack a high energy snack to munch during break time.
- Dress in layers. You never know if the test facility will be warm or cold. Be ready either way. You want to be as comfortable as possible while taking the test.
- Make sure you know where you are going. Consult a reliable website for directions. Use a handy GPS system. You may find it helpful to do a dry run a day or two before the exam. This way you will know exactly how to get there as well as how long it could take. Allow for traffic and give yourself extra time.
- Arrive about 30 minutes early. This leaves you enough time to check in, make a bathroom stop, and arrange your test area.
TAKING THE TEST
- Take a deep breath. Relax, it will help you focus.
- Answer the easy questions first. Get them out of the way. Mark off the more difficult questions and return to them later. Getting stuck on them will only waste time.
- It’s OK to use your test booklet. It’s yours, so mark it as much as you want. Think of it as scratch paper. Just make sure you can understand what you write.
- Keep track of time. Don’t be a clock watcher, but keep an eye on it. It can help you determine how best to use your time.
- Remember to return to the questions you skipped. It’s OK to guess, as long as it’s a thought out guess. There’s always a chance that it could be a right answer, especially when it’s a multiple choice question.
- The math test will have two parts. One will be multiple choice, the other will require more direct answers.
- As always, answer the easy ones first. Save the problems that require a lot of calculation for later.
- Try to answer all questions. Remember, an informed guess is better than no answer at all.
- Read the entire passage before you answer the questions. If you are having a tough time reading everything, focus on the first and last sentences of each paragraph. Most of the information should be covered there.
- Remember that all the answers are there in front of you. Scan the text and you’ll find the answers.
THE ESSAY PART
- Don’t let this part worry you. You have 25 minutes. If you break down the time you will be fine. Allow 5 minutes to gather your thoughts, 15 minutes for the writing itself, and 5 minutes to review what you have written.
- Focus and be interested. If it interests you, it will be easier and more enjoyable to write.
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW
- You can start preparing anytime. Be sure to study vocabulary words, English grammar, and anything that you know will be covered in the math section.
- Ask your teachers for study guides and tips.
-Check the internet for tutors in your area. Example search: Los Angeles SAT tutor
- Don’t forget to use the internet and check your local bookstore for books that will help you prepare.
Think of taking the SAT as an adventure. Once you beat it, your future will begin.