On Tuesday, April 11th, R-PHS juniors (class of 2018) will take the SAT as part of the M-STEP test. There are many tutorials on the web for preparing for the SAT as well as some helpful tips when taking the test.
It’s worth the time to view a tutorial or two on preparing for the SAT as this assessment score is requested as part of the admissions process at most colleges and universities.
To view a recommended prep video for the SAT, click on the link below:
General SAT Test Taking Tips:
- Be aware of the time – better to skip a difficult question and come back to it than leave yourself without time to try all of the questions.
- You can write in your test booklet – so do! Make reading notes, cross off eliminated answers, star/circle questions you are skipping etc.
- Process of elimination – if unsure of answer, look first to eliminate those answers you know are incorrect. This should leave you with 1-2 answers to consider.
- Every question on the SAT is worth the same amount so focus on answering the easy and moderate questions correctly rather than losing valuable time struggling with difficult questions.
- There is no penalty for an incorrect answer so do not leave anything unanswered.
- Select a “Letter of the Day” approach – LOTD applies when you have to make a guess. Select a letter – a,b,c,d and use that same letter every time you have to guess at an answer. Statistically, this gives you better odds of “stumbling” on a correct answer occasionally.
- Circle questions you skip in your test booklet. This will make it faster to find those questions back.
- Pay attention to your answer sheet to make sure you are bubbling in the correct number. This is especially important if you have skipped any questions.
- Have a plan for the reading section before you even start the test – skim reading first, read questions first…?
- Underline key parts of the question or problem. This will help to ensure you are answering what is actually being asked.
The SAT & Work Keys Schedule for our juniors can be accessed from the link below: