5 Great SAT Tips – What to Expect on Test Day

1. Start preparing early

To get the most out of SAT prep, start early. In fact, many National Merit Scholars, who typically score over 2100 on the SAT, begin preparing for the PSAT and SAT in the summer before entering their sophomore year so they can make the most of the PSAT they complete that year be able. Don’t start wondering whether or not third-order polynomials will be included in the math section the week before. Make a plan! If you need more structure or guidance, consider SAT prep classes, one-on-one tuition, or an online class.

2. Dress well

Think about it: the thermostat at the test center on the morning of the test is probably being set by someone who’s as dazed as you are. You don’t want to confide in them your comfort — and shivering while you gush is a surefire way to “make a stray impression.” Avoid this by wearing layers of comfortable clothing so you can easily adjust to your surroundings.

3. Be on time

The college board isn’t happy if you’re late for an SAT. For them, showing up late means after they’ve closed the doors to the test rooms – between 8:30 and 9:00 am. In fact, their official policy states that late students will not be admitted to the test center and will have to reschedule the test. Of course, there is a $24 fee for this. It’s okay if you don’t want to reschedule, but the fee you paid to take the test is non-refundable. That’s $47 wasted. How do you make sure this doesn’t happen to you? Arrive before 7:45 am as recommended by the College Board. A few days before the test, plan a route to your test center and make sure you’re comfortable with it. If you’re particularly bad with directions, you might want to practice getting there — just think of it as one more thing to learn.

4. You get very sleepy…

Falling asleep during the SAT: fail. You could nap during one of the five-minute breaks you get, but we doubt it would do you any good. Instead, make sure you get a good night’s sleep before the SAT. Caffeine in the morning — whether it’s coffee or an energy drink — might be a good idea, but if you’re not used to it, avoid it. Too much caffeine can cause jitters and, ironically, difficulty concentrating.

5. Oops! I did it again…

Don’t worry if you make a mistake: In 2009, the College Board introduced Score Choice, which allows you to choose which test scores you want to send to a college in your score report. It’s an optional service; If you don’t choose to use it, all of your results will be included in your results reports. Although it allows you not to report poor results to schools when applying, you should review your institution’s policy on reporting SAT scores. It’s often helpful to report all of your findings.

Thanks to Andrew Thatcher | #Great #SAT #Tips #Expect #Test #Day

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