How to Prepare for SAT and ACT
For many, this is a time of great stress regarding college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT, specifically for juniors. Everybody has their own ways/strategies for test taking that allows them to do best, but here are some tips and tricks everyone can benefit from in this test taking season:
The first tip is to go with what you know. The material the tests covers is all stuff that has been taught to high school juniors and below, so no one who is taking a class above to the standard class for a junior can be benefitting or have an advantage in any way. This being said, most of the questions that are challenging usually are that way because of some sort of trick. If you stick to the basic knowledge of what you’ve been taught and go with your gut when stuck, you will most likely be doing yourself a favor.
It is also important to maximize your time by pacing yourself. Always be watching the clock so you know when time is about to be called. The reason it is important to do this is because you need to have time to bubble in answers for questions at the end that you possible did not have time for. If you leave them blank, you would be putting yourself at a great disadvantage of losing all of those points. However, if you bubble them in all the same letter (for example, you have five left and you bubble them all ‘c’), you will give yourself the opportunity to possibly get those questions right sheerly by guessing.
As far as preparation goes, there are many routes to take. College Board as well as many other test “prep” organizations offer SAT and ACT practice books where you can take a practice test and grade yourself to see your results. This is helpful because it gives you the repetition of the test and allows you to get a feel for what it’s like beforehand. There are also a number of tutors/classes available on the island specific to SAT and ACT preparation that can oftentimes be helpful as well!
The most important thing is to not stress too much! I think I speak for many people in saying that the more relaxed and prepared you feel the better your outcome will be for things such as taking the SAT or ACT. Overthinking things like this tend to not work in your favor and will cause you to be more stressed than you need to be! If you are prepared and go with what you know, you will surely get your best outcome.