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SAT - Dread It Or Master It!

Feb 27, 2008
SAT evaluates critical thinking skills required in college courses. SAT is usually taken by high school juniors or seniors. SAT scores supplement secondary school records and are required to be admitted into many colleges.

SATs can be frightening, but with proper studying, discipline, and effort, they can be defeated without any pain. One of the best ways to practice for the SAT is to answer practice questions that are modeled after previous SATs. In general, the more practice questions you are able to answer, and the more you do answer, the better you'll do on your SAT. Answering practice questions also leads you in the proper direction of study. Questions you are unable to answer let you know which topics you need to study more for.

Learning relevant vocabulary can help with the verbal section of the SAT. It is best to start vocabulary expansion well before the test, since it can take quite a lot of time to memorize new words and their meanings.

For the math in the SAT's it is useful to review older mathematic material, as well as more recent curriculum. Some of the math on the SAT's may be from early high school, so despite your more recent achievements, it's a good idea to brush up on some of the old geometry and algebra.

Writing in advance is a well-advised idea. You can find or create SAT-type essays, and write them often. The more you write them, the better, and faster, you'll become at writing.

Remember to be fresh and well fed before the test. Sleep plenty the night before, and have a good breakfast. Don't cram study on the night prior to the exam, a late night will only hinder your performance. Arrive early to the test, and stay as calm as you can. SAT's are long tests, and can be very monotonous. Getting nervous will only waste time.

Unlike tests in school, guessing answers on the multiple choice part of the SAT is not at all smart. If you guess incorrectly, you get more points deducted than if you were to leave the question blank. If you can narrow it down to two choices, the risk is 50/50, and is worth taking. If you have no idea what the question is about, and guess without removing any choice, you are more likely to be harmed than benefit.

There are many other tips and tricks in taking the SAT. These methods and bits of information can be found on various sites. Start studying early, study hard, study often and your results will show it!
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