By Alex and Lindsey Diamond
The SAT is a test administered by the College Board, and the test’s main goal is to assess students college readiness. The scores on the SAT range from 400 to 1600, and the SAT consists of two sections, mathematics, reading, and a subsection of writing. Many colleges base acceptance off of the SAT, and actually many colleges require freshmen to take the SAT just for consideration. Since the SAT is pretty much essential to get into college, here are some tips for you:
- Get a book or take an SAT class to study; preparing for SATs can improve your score by a couple hundred points. The books and classes cover the main concepts for the SATs and provide strategies to answer some of the math and reading problems
- Relax during the test; staying calm while taking the SAT is very important because being nervous on tougher questions can cost you time on a test where you have to move fast. The brain does not think as clearly when you are nervous compared to when you are not.
- Guess if you don’t know the answer; the SAT has no penalties for incorrect guesses since the test was updated a few years ago. Now, it is important to make sure every question is answered and you should make an educated guess based on what you do know.
- Use strategies to eliminate incorrect answers; these can include crossing out answers you know are wrong, reading the questions before you answer, and use what you know about other math content to solve math problems. The math section provides formulas which are allowed to be utilized throughout the test.
- Use the PSAT to understand your mistakes; Salisbury High School students get the opportunity to take the PSAT in 11th grade free. Your results from the PSAT can give you guidance on parts of the test that you are not good on so you can concentrate your studying.
Remember, if the SAT is not the test for you, try the ACT. The ACT includes everything the SAT does, but also a science section. These tips can potentially improve your score on either the SAT or the ACT. Hopefully, you can use these tips to get a better score on the SAT!