Prepare For the Rest of Your Life People feel the SATs can be really scary. Not really with the proper preparation. The worst thing you can do in SAT preparation is freak yourself out about how hard you think it'll be or how it will affect your future. Trust us; it's not as hard as we all make it out to be. You get 600 points just for writing your name! Well, not really. But 600 is the lowest score you can possibly get. That's 25% of the work already done for you! Of course, this doesn't mean you shouldn't take your SAT preparation seriously. It is an important piece of your future, and thus, you should make sure you're as ready as you can be for it. The SAT tests you in three basic areas: reading, writing, and math. You can score up to 800 points per section for a grand total of 2,400 points for a perfect score.
Perhaps the best form of SAT preparation is to take the test itself. Practice tests are available all over the net and in many books for SAT preparation. We recommend taking the practice test at least twice - once blind, without any studying, then at least once after studying. The first test serves to gauge how much SAT preparation you think you'll need and the second test serves to prove to yourself just how wrong you are. Continue to study and try to fill in the gaps. Take a third practice test if you're still feeling shaky, but be sure not to burn yourself out. We don't recommend taking the SAT preparation test twice in one day.
Speaking of studying, here are some study tips: -Do something out of the ordinary before, during, and after SAT preparation: draw a self-portrait before you start, study under the bridge, and kiss your puppy after you're done. When you do unusual things, these memories stand out in the brain. Don't spend all your SAT preparation time at the library. When you try to recall what you were studying, you're less likely to be able to pick out something specific when it’s all one big library-colored blur. Mix it up! -Chew gum during your SAT preparation and chew the same gum during the SATs. All of your senses are tied to memory - sight, smell, taste, audio, and touch. Taste minty goodness before and during to increase the likelihood of remembering something specific. If your institution doesn't allow gum (and many admittedly don't), hard candies work just as well.
-Get a study buddy! SAT preparation can be a hard slog, but with a friend or two SAT preparation can be fun. Everything is better with a friend. You'll also get the added benefit of using their faces as a memory trigger if you're testing near each other. -Keep track of your time: SAT preparation is not a one-and-done activity. It's a lot of information to cover and trying to cover it all in a short amount of time is not only unhealthy but very ineffective SAT preparation. Study when and where it's convenient over a longer stretch of time. Don't burn yourself out. -Lastly, sleep! Don't stay up late trying to squeeze in a little more SAT preparation; put it aside when you feel tired.
SAT preparation doesn't need to take over your life. SAT preparation does however need to be planned and managed smartly. If you've made it far enough that you're about to take the SATs, you're smart enough to prepare for it efficiently. Stay on top of your studies and good luck!