SAT Test Prep & Tutoring

No matter how much you prepare, it’s almost inevitable to feel anxious before a big test. Students can get stressed before the SAT, often because they misunderstand what the exam measures. Some test takers think it’s an IQ test or way of predicting their analytic abilities and memorization skills. In reality, the SAT is a standardized test used for college admissions. Relax with some simple strategies that will make it easier to improve your score.

Process of Elimination

student with headphones The SAT is multiple choice, so many students get in the habit of looking for the correct answer first. If you’re not sure what the right answer is, look for what you know is wrong.

Each question has four choices; in many cases, there is one obvious answer that can be eliminated right away. From here, you have a 1 in 3 chance of guessing the right answer.

Remember, you are not penalized for a wrong answer so use the process of elimination to play the odds and score more points.

Know Your Strengths

The SAT does not arrange questions by order of difficulty. Unlike other tests that start with easy questions and get progressively harder, SAT questions don’t follow this scale.

Students do not have to answer the questions in order; try to find ones you know. Keep in mind, you’re not scored on the number of questions completed, but how many are answered correctly. By identifying the questions you find easy and hard, you can target questions that will earn you the most points.

Time Management

The SAT is timed, so it’s important not to focus too much on any particular question. Again, identify the questions you know the answers to and rack up as many points as you can.

When it comes to the more difficult questions, experts recommend spending no more than two minutes. Try the process of elimination and guess. Pace yourself and don’t get bogged down on a question you don’t know.
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