Oct 27

5 Best Strategies to Ace The SAT

5 Best Strategies to Ace The SAT

Although there are many ways to prepare for the SAT, College Board, the organization that came up with the test, thinks these are the top five: start early, prepare with Tokyo Academics, take at least one full-length practice test, pay attention in your high school classes, and be aware of what to expect on test day. Why are these tried-and-true techniques even more effective? They are unpaid!

The advice provided below will help you understand SAT ideas and get the confidence you need to succeed.

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1. Start early

Although it would be wonderful to have unlimited time to study for an exam, high school students do not have that opportunity. It’s crucial to determine where your SAT fits into your schedule because your junior and senior years are jam-packed with significant activities. Select a SAT date that is at least 2-3 months out so that you have time to study. Starting early allows you to estimate how much study time you’ll need each week and prevents you from cramming. Students who begin their SAT preparation sooner do better and are more confident when taking the test.


2. Study with Tokyo Academics SAT practice.

It should come as no surprise that studying is one of the greatest methods to get ready for the SAT. We advise using our material and classes prepared by SAT specialists. Our tutors come from renowned universities and have been through the same process. They can surely help you achieve what they have already achieved. We advise you to devote 6 to 20 hours to your first SAT preparation. Make sure you set aside enough time to complete at least one full-length practice exam (approximately 4 hours if you also practice the essay), and allow yourself time to revisit the subjects you’re having trouble understanding.


3. Take a full-length practice test.

One of the best methods to get ready for the SAT is to take a full-length practice test, and College Board offers a number of full-length sample exams on Official SAT Practice for free. You can get a good idea of your SAT score by taking a practice test with scheduling guidelines similar to those you’ll face on test day. According to our research, your performance on an official, full-length practice exam that you take after studying and a few weeks before your test date is a good indicator of how well you’ll perform on the real SAT. The results of your practice tests will also show you what areas you need to focus on as you get ready for the real test.

We advise treating each comprehensive practice test you take as though it were the actual thing. Start on a Saturday at 8 a.m., stick to the section timing instructions, only take breaks when they are indicated on the SAT, and put your phone away. Taking a practice exam increases your SAT test-taking confidence because it simulates the SAT experience, in addition to highlighting your weak areas. Before you take the actual SAT, it’s crucial to be familiar with the test’s layout, the speed at which questions are answered, and how you’ll feel at 8 a.m. on a Saturday. 


4. Pay attention in class

The SAT was changed in 2016 to be more closely related to what you are studying in class. This means that paying attention in class and to your teachers is much more crucial. You’ll have completed three and a half years of demanding coursework by the spring of your junior year, which will prepare you well for the SAT. 


5. Know what to expect on test day

It’s important to be prepared on test day. We are aware that taking a test this significant can be scary, so we strongly advise familiarizing yourself with the testing environment beforehand. It’s crucial to prepare oneself to be on time and well-rested for the test in addition to taking a full-length practice test to have a sense of the format and pace.We actually recommend you take as many full-length practices as possible. It will make you more prepared.

 Make sure you know where your testing location is and have a plan for how you will get there. It frequently isn’t at your high school. This reduces stress on test day because all you have to do is get up, have breakfast, and travel to the testing location. Make sure there is ample (free) parking where you will be taking the test by scouting out the testing place. Some exams are administered in colleges, where parking regulations may vary. Before the test day, research the rules.

Although it’s crucial to study, we firmly advise against cramming the day or night before your SAT. Instead, take some time to unwind the night before your exam. Set an alarm for the next morning, lay out your clothing, prepare what you need to bring, and then relax and get a good night’s sleep. It will help you feel more confident and energized the next morning when you walk into the testing facility if you take the night before the test to mentally and physically prepare yourself.

Prepare for your SAT in the same manner you would for a marathon: systematically and intentionally over a long period of time. Rome wasn’t created overnight. Even while it won’t happen right away, being prepared is possible if approached carefully. You’ll be on the optimal trajectory for success if you adhere to these five stages. Tokyo Academics provides you with a personalized SAT experience. Make sure to check out this link to find out more about our prep program!

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