Top 3 Tips to Prep for your SAT Test
Looking forward to getting out of high school? Can’t wait for all the college adventures? Ready to face the bigger, brighter, and seemingly carefree world of university life?
Not so fast, kiddo. There are still lessons, school activities and, yes, exams that you need to go through before you say ta-ta to high school.
Are you ready?
You might already be jumping up and down with excitement at the thought of stepping into the hallowed halls of your chosen university. But before you fill out your college application, you must know that there are still some hurdles left for you to clear before you can sprint towards the university of your choice.
One of these challenges is successfully passing the SAT. If you haven’t heard of the SAT yet, then you’re in for a surprise. This is one of the options that you may take when you want to get into the college that you want.
The SAT is a standardized test to assess your academic prowess and determine if you are ready enough for university. It would be advisable for you to take time to prepare for the exam, as this will be part of the admissions process.
If you are serious about getting into a great collegiate institution, then you would do well to read up on these three easy steps to prepare for the SAT:
1. Set a date to take the SAT
Whether you are in junior high or you are a graduating senior, you need to take time to decide when you would like to take the SAT.
Bear in mind that you will have other academic and extracurricular activities to juggle alongside your preparations for the SAT. Some prefer to take it during their junior year so it won’t coincide with other major school requirements. On the other hand, others take the SAT on their senior year so they will have taken more subjects that would help them answer the topics covered in the SAT.
Regardless of whether you are a junior or a senior in high school, the key is to choose an SAT date when you are not particularly swamped with school activities, family occasions, or time-consuming extra-curricular events. This way, your focus won’t be as divided, and you will have enough time to practice and study.
2. Study SMAART
It would benefit anyone planning to take the SAT to chart a study schedule. Remember that preparing for the SAT will not be your only concern. There are other academic and non-academic events in your life that you also have to deal with. Having your study time evenly plotted out can help ensure that you don’t miss a single topic.
To prepare well for the SAT, then you should study SMAART. This is to have a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Attainable, Results-oriented, and Time-phased. In a nutshell, this means you need to set the score you want to get, then identify the specific steps you need to do to attain it.
3. Take a test
One of the most important things that you need to do is to take an SAT diagnostic test. This is a vital part of your preparations as this will help determine what your baseline score is. From these diagnostic tests, you can then see your areas for improvement.
SAT diagnostic tests are helpful because these give you a chance to practice in a timed environment and hone your test-taking skills. These will also help you develop a strategy for devising the best way to answer the questions.
There are also learning centers that hold SAT prep classes, which include a feedback loop. After taking the proctored practice tests, your mistakes will be discussed and you will be given suggestions for content and strategy. Moreover, you will be given an individual study plan so you can zoom in on the topics you need to improve on.
A Premier Academic Path
If you want to enjoy a premier academic experience, then you have to put in the right amount of time and effort. This includes studying and preparing for tests like the SAT. In real life, there is no magic lamp that will release a genie who will grant you entrance to your chosen college.
What is more realistic is to set attainable goals, seek the guidance of professional academic advisers, and dedicate yourself to achieving your desired results. When your plan is to excel in academics, then you have to do your part.
Maloy Burman is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Premier Genie FZ LLC. He is responsible for driving Premier Genie into a leadership position in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education space in Asia, Middle East and Africa and building a solid brand value. Premier Genie is currently running 5 centers in Dubai and 5 centers in India with a goal to multiply that over the next 5 years.