The SAT or ACT are considered college entrance exams. These exams are typically used to determine admittance. However, these two exams may have significance beyond admittance. Sometimes universities use scores on specific sections to determine whether or not you need to take introductory coursework. Some universities also require SAT subject tests, AP tests or their own version of a subject entrance exam. Here are three tools that can help you perform well on any type of entrance exam. It is helpful to do well, because you can skip out on introductory courses and save time and money.
1) Rewrite Your Notes
Your advanced coursework should provide the information you need to excel on AP tests and SAT subject tests. That means all of the information you need should be in your notes and textbooks. Rewriting your notes will help you remember information that was covered throughout the course. Rewriting engages your mind and helps you rethink connections. Simply rereading your notes is not likely to help cement important concepts in your mind. As you rewrite, don’t copy notes word for word. Write your own definitions for terms and concepts. Connect specific ideas and synthesize information. Use pictures, mind maps, webs and other note taking devices to make colorful connections that will stick in your brain.
2) Work With a Group
Study with a group of people that engaged in the same coursework. They may understand concepts in a different way or have a better method for explaining something. Explaining concepts you understand will also help you synthesize material on an exam. If you work with a study group, be sure to stay on task. You don’t want to waste precious study time on chatting or goofing off.
This time tested study method has been used for generations. Math equations, history dates, and foreign language vocabulary are great subjects for flashcards. Leave out technology for making flashcards, the actual act of writing flashcards can be as helpful as practicing the flashcards themselves. An app will allow you to conveniently skip that step, but they may turn out to be less helpful. Carry the flashcards everywhere you go. Anytime you have a minute pull a few out and work on them.
Don’t Pressure Yourself
Remember not to put too much pressure on yourself. Entrance exams are a helpful tool for getting ahead, but taking introductory coursework is not all bad. Sometimes, it can be really helpful and will set you up for success in more advanced coursework. Take time to study and review material and you will do well.