SAT Study Tips and Strategies


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As everyone is aware, the SAT has now become required for most North Carolina colleges and universities. While this test is difficult to study for, it is very possible to improve your scores. Hopefully, the study tips provided below will help to not only improve your scores but also to aid in taking around the fear and stress surrounding this test. 

Take practice tests. The more familiar you are with taking the SAT, the better you will do. There are many online that are free to do, and some will even give you detailed score reports that tell you which areas you struggle in. There are also SAT practice books available to buy that usually come with ten complete tests and answers/explanations to the problems in them. Khan Academy is a really great resource if you wish to take practice tests. This website helps you create a personalized study plan that will appear after you take their practice test. Khan Academy works closely with College Board and has been declared their official practice partner, making it extremely reliable to use. 

If you are struggling with your math score, try to practice the specific problems and areas you are struggling with. The SAT has many math topics on the test, but some are more prevalent than others, such as solving linear equations. It is also useful to have a couple of mathematic equations memorized, but if you totally forget one, do not forget to flip to the back of the section: most of the equations you will need are provided for you. You should also remember that the questions at the beginning of the multiple-choice and written sections of each math part are easier than the ones that come later, so if you are completely stuck on a question and running out of time, skip it and continue on with the rest of the test, but be sure to remember to come back to it later! 

For the English sections, the easiest way to study is to just practice reading the paragraphs and find out the way that works best for you. Some recommended strategies are reading the questions first and then going back to the passage, or reading the passage completely first, then going to answer the questions. You get better and faster at reading the more you do it, so this is all about repetition. 

If you are truly out of time and are not done with the test, pick a letter of the day and go bubble all of your remaining questions. It is always better to fill in a question than leave it blank because there is always a chance you will get the question right! 

 Hopefully, these tips and strategies have been useful to you in making studying for the SAT easier and a little less stressful, and good luck on your next test!