The new SAT doesn’t have to be intimidating. While we are still learning more about it each time it is offered, there are a few things you can know and be prepared for while you study.
1) Be Prepared for More Data Analysis
The new SAT focuses more on data analysis and algebra than the old SAT. There will still be some geometry on the exam, but not as much as on the old exam. It will be important to practice reading graphs and interpreting data to do well on this new exam. Many of these questions are similar to what is found on the ACT science section. An article from Time suggests that you use ACT science study materials to help you prepare for the new SAT math section.
2) Practice Reading Comprehension
You no longer have to memorize vast lists of rarely used vocabulary words. However, you do have to know how to interpret meaning from context. It is important to have exposure to a broad range of literature including historical documents, scientific studies, fiction, and newspaper articles. The more familiar you are with all kinds of styles and eras of literature, the easier it will be to comprehend passages and interpret meaning from context.
3) Educated Guessing is Helpful
The new SAT does not penalize you for a guess the way the old SAT does. This means that if you are not confident about the answer, you should go ahead and guess. If you can eliminate even one choice, it improves your odds of picking the correct answer. Another method of choosing the best answer includes plugging the answers back into the question and using the one that makes the most sense.
The best way to get ready for the new exam is to practice. The College Board offers daily practice questions, as well as practice exams that will give you the best feel for what the new test is like. As you work through sample questions, keep track of what types of questions and which subjects give you the most trouble. Focus your studies on these areas so that you can improve your knowledge of the material and develop a better understanding of how to answer particular questions.
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