If you are a high school student, and you are in your junior or senior year I bet you’re worried about a certain test that comes around at certain times during the school year that will have a say in your future.
This test can be your worst nightmare, or it can be the best tool to get into the school of your choice. Either way, the route to kicking its butt is going to be a long one, filled with tons of studying and much concentration. If you follow the steps that I’ve set forth in this article you should be fine though; you should be on your way to achieving the score that you would like to attain.
1. Find Out What Scores Your School Requires
Usually schools have requirements on what scores they’d like their applicants to have. They will be reasonable according to the popularity of the school. You must try your best to land somewhere in between those scores. However if you don’t by the end of your SAT test taking journey don’t be discouraged because SAT scores aren’t the only thing considered for admissions. They do help a lot though, so aim to get the highest score possible.
2. Take Practice Test 1
Once you have found out what score you have to have you should attain at the counselors office or online a practice test. You should take this test as soon as you get it; without any preparation to see what you have to work on. Ask someone to proctor the test for you and to grade it according to the instructions it comes with.
3. Join A Prep Course Or Find A Study Buddy
Many schools offer prep courses for the SAT. If your school is one of those, I highly recommend that you join one because they will do their best to teach you everything you need to know for the test. Also while doing this make sure to have a calculator, if you don’t have one, your school might be able to lend you one. If a prep course isn’t available you should do your best to find a study buddy who is serious about kicking the SAT’s butt. You two should choose three days out of the week to hit the studying hard. This will help to keep you motivated, because people work harder when they have someone to work hard with them.
4. Visit And Explore “www.collegeboard.com”
This website is the preferred place to register. You will find all kinds of help and information here. Tips, practice tests, practice questions, planners, and everything relating to SAT. The College Board handles everything SAT so explore this site completely and find some pointers for yourself. You will later come back to this site to figure out what your SAT scores were.
5. Register and Take A Real SAT
After all that preparation, you are starting to get anxious about taking the test already and you want to know if you’ve improved since your first practice test so take a Real SAT at this time. Make sure to get enough sleep the night before, relax, wake up early, have a light breakfast, and head over to the test location with your materials ready. Concentrate and do your best on the test for if you meet your goal score this will be the last time you will have to take it. Don’t over stress though because there will be more chances for you to take it; this doesn’t have to be the final attempt.
6. Take Practice Test 2
Once you receive your scores for the SAT you’ve taken you will have to decide if you want to attempt the process again. If you do decide to do so, start by taking a second practice test and finding out what you need to work on a bit more. Then do that and try your best to get things to stick to you; don’t be discouraged.
7. Finish Prep Course Or End Study Buddy Sessions
Once you feel ready again you should end your prep course and your study buddy sessions and take some time to study on your own; sometimes since you are at a different level than others it’s good to study by yourself so do that.
8. Register and Take A Real SAT (For The Last Time *Maybe)
Finally after preparing some more register again for a Real SAT. For most students this will be their final attempt, but it doesn’t have to be, you can just start this process over again if you need to. Try your best and concentrate on achieving your goal score.
Good Luck To All!