You should have a target score in mind for either the SAT or ACT. You don’t need to have a perfect score, but you do need to know what is accepted at the institutions you want to apply to. Decide on your target score with those schools in mind. Then, prepare to achieve your target score using these three steps.
Studies show the best way to prepare for any exam is to practice. Take practice exams that are as similar to the real thing as possible. Practice questions alone help, but taking timed practice exams will help you have the best feel for how the real exam will go. When you have taken the practice exam several times you can discover how close you are to achieving your target score. Taking the practice exam more than once will help you gauge your consistency in specific subject areas. This will be especially important on the new SAT because schools will see a very specific set of subscores and cross-test scores.
Focus on the Hard Stuff
When you have taken the practice test a few times you can determine what areas require focused study. Are you consistently having problems with grammar? Does algebra trip you up every time? When you know your trouble spots you can spend more time strengthening your weak areas. Studying efficiently will help you get more out of your time spent studying. It can be tempting to spend time on areas that aren’t challenging because they are easier and make you feel confident. However, your time will be better spent on areas that are the most aggravating and difficult for you. You will need to develop confidence when approaching these difficult skills.
After you have spent time studying your weak areas, practice again. Take several practice tests to see whether or not your studying has improved your scores in your weakest areas. If your scores aren’t changing, you may need to change your study strategy. Finding a tutor can give you new ways to study the material so that you can recall it while taking the test. Not only will taking practice tests reveal whether or not your studying is effective, it will also hone your test taking strategies and develop the high level critical thinking skills you will need to perform well.
If you are committed to studying and taking practice exams, you should be able to reach your target goals. Don’t be afraid to get help if you have taken practice tests over and over and don’t seem to be improving. You may need some new strategies for approaching the test. Practice and study will give you the confidence you need to meet your expectations on test day.
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