As you start preparing for college and graduation from high school there is no doubt that you are thinking about taking an entrance exam such as the SAT. This test will play an important role in your entrance to college so it is vital that you take it seriously. Here are some things you need to know about preparing for the SAT.
1. Take The Test Early
One of the biggest mistakes students make is that they wait too long to take the SAT. The test is offered multiple times a year, and you can start taking it a soon as your sophomore year in high school. You don't want to start too early, because there is a chance you haven't yet learned the material that you will be tested on, but you should start taking it around your junior year in high school. This will allow you enough time to get your scores back and retake the test if possible. You can take the test as many times as you want. This is why you shouldn't wait until the last possible moment, because that will make you lose your chance to retake the test if needed. If you are interested in getting the best score possible, consider taking SAT prep courses.
2. Beware of Time
You may know and understand all the material on the test, that is not necessarily your issue. Instead, you should be aware that you will have to complete the test in a short period of time. You don't have the time to sit on each math question and calculate it, double-checking your answers and so forth. This is why you should practice the test multiple times taking it quickly so that you are used to doing it under the time restrictions.
Additionally, if you don't know a question, move on. It is better to just get that question wrong, then to take long time on the question and still guess. That will only affect your ability to get other questions right.
3. Focus On Your Strong Sections
The SAT is averaged, this means if you have a hard time in the science section, but you do fabulous on the English section, it will save your score. You should study every section, but if you can improve one section so that it is really strong it can help to carry other parts of the test so that you can still get a good score.
By understanding these things you can be as prepared as possible for your SAT.