Most graduating high school students that plan to enter college take the SAT once or several times as many colleges nowadays require this test. Certain courses, classes, and even books have been exclusively created for the SAT exam. But what exactly is the SAT for?
SAT’s full name is the College-Board SAT Reasoning Test. It is simply a nationally-recognized college admission test that evaluates the student’s capability to reason out logically. Through the set of tests in reading, writing, and mathematical computation, the College Board will assess the student by giving an overall score. This score will be scaled and compared to the performance of other students who took the same exam at the same period of time. Each test will be scored separately at figures ranging from 200 to 800, the latter being the highest score. Therefore, the highest possible accumulative score that you can get is 2400.
The SAT is never an easy test, thus, it should not be taken too lightly. Every student should remember that this test could strongly affect them in choosing a university and the scholarships that they may or may not receive. It may also have an impact to someone even after finishing college. Some employers require SAT scores indicated in their resumes during job applications. With that being said, does it mean if you fail it then your life is a misery forever?
Ron Fry from the book <Ace Any Test> says:
“According to Michele Hernandez, a former admissions officer at Dartmouth (quoted in the January 10,1999, New York Times Magazine), ‘Deep down, admissions officers don’t want SAT scores to count that much, but… they do. Yet more than 300 colleges no longer even require the SAT or ACT for admission, believing it’s more important that they assess a student’s real level of learning and effort, not their innate ability.”
However, taking the SAT exam should not be feared as everyone can manage to do well in the test. All you need to do is to think logically, analytically, and systematically in order to ace this test. And of course, you also need to follow these SAT study tips.
Study Guides For SAT
- To prepare for any standardized test, whether it is the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and so on, first you have DETERMINE. Think hard what your strengths and weaknesses are based on the past examinations you have taken. Which questions take more time for you to answer? Which of them take almost no time in answering?
- Seek guidance from any person whom you believe knows what type of questions are asked in the SAT test. It can be your teacher, librarian, or other school staff.
- Get pointers from your school adviser or fellow students that may help you in the areas you are having difficulty with.
- Search for sample tests and evaluate yourself after answering them. Kepp doing this until you have fully understood the contents of the test.
- Conduct a solid review of your basic Math and English subjects. If you are not that good at Geometry, search for book references that will teach you the fundamentals you need for the SAT. Do the same thing with the other subjects that you will testing on the SAT.
- Study the SAT as early as you could. Allot at least one month of studying time for this test. The more time you devote on studying, the higher your chances are in getting a high score in the SAT exam.
- Know your baseline score. To do so, buy a SAT book and take the practice exam at the back of it. The score that you will get without studying is your baseline score. Based on this score, you will know which areas you need to improve on.
- Set your personal goals. Your goals should be measurable, specific, action and result-oriented, and time-phased. Set a specific score that you are aiming to get and know the effective methods of studying that will help you to reach that score.
- Learn the basics of SAT. Know how many sections are included in this test and how long should it be taken. Ask whether you can bring a calculator or not and what is the best possible score you can get during the test.
- Choose your own SAT preparation options. The options may be purchasing a book, hiring a SAT tutor, or simply downloading a SAT application on your phone. Depending on your preferences and budget, decide what option you think will work best for you.
- Create a specific study schedule. This should be done especially if you are a very busy working student. Include a regular studying time in your schedule as much as you can.
- Warm up by taking a few SAT practice tests online. Search for free SAT practice tests available on the internet. Most practice exams include exercises in writing, critical reading, and math. Finish a full-length exam for you to be able to experience how it would be on your SAT exam day.