Taking the SAT may not be required to enroll in all of the colleges in the US, but it sure is needed if you want to get in the good ones. This is especially true if you are aiming to get an undergraduate degree in competitive fields such as marketing, wherein good SAT scores can determine your acceptance to the program or not. This means that you simply cannot just take the SAT for granted, with your performance having effects that can ripple throughout your career. So before you sit down to take the test, make sure you all well prepared. Below are some tips that we hope will help prepare you for the SAT.
Figure out your career path – Your vision for your career later on in life will determine which undergraduate degree programs you should apply to. In turn, the programs you apply to will determine the subject tests you will need to take. Do yourself a favor by narrowing down the subject tests by narrowing down the actual subject tests you need to take so you won’t have to spend time reviewing subject matter that won’t even be covered in the tests you’ll be taking.
Get your hands on good SAT material – It does not matter whether you review on your own, or enrol in a review program to help refresh your knowledge. What’s important is that you get your hands on solid SAT review materials that you will really go through and learn from. However, be realistic about your studying habits when you do start to review. If you are the type of who needs a structured environment and can’t force yourself to study on your own, then it might be a good idea to sign up for a class or get a tutor.
Start reviewing NOW – It doesn’t matter how far away the test date might be, the important thing is that you start reviewing right away. Even if you are good at cramming, you will find that more information will stick to your head if you have enough time to go through the material repeatedly. So don’t procrastinate. Even if you finish the review material ahead of time, you can always find more material or keep on go over the one you already have.
Register for the test – Remember that you need to register for the test at least 3 weeks before the test date. No worries if you miss your target date though, because the SAT is offered 7 times a year. You register online, via mail, or by phone.
Take a practice test – During the 3 weeks waiting period, it would be a good idea to run some practice tests, which you can easily find online. Do a timed test, and if possible, try to simulate the actual exam environment. You will be surprised at how much pressure can affect your exam performance. Decrease your chances of having a mental block during the actual exam by taking practice tests. Hopefully this will help make you feel just a little more comfortable during the actual exam.