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A Mental Approach to Your Second SAT

Facing the SAT after you have already taken it has advantages and disadvantages. It is possible that your confidence is shaken because you didn’t achieve your goal score. Maybe you feel better about the exam because you have experience now. No matter how you feel about the SAT, your mental state can have a huge impact on your score. You need to develop the right mental approach to your second SAT.

Build Confidence

If you weren’t all that confident going into the first exam, develop a way to boost your confidence. For many students, plenty of preparation and practice amounts to greater confidence. Negative self talk and anxiety can also get in the way of confidence. Surround yourself with positive ideas and encouraging people in the days approaching your second exam. The more time you spend thinking positively, the easier it will be to maintain a positive outlook even in the face of anxiety. Meditation and mindfulness can also help relieve anxiety and negative thoughts. Meditation helps you develop focus and concentration, as well as relieves stress. If you didn’t develop any tools to manage stress and anxiety before you took the test the first time, think about how you plan to address these issues for your second try. Give meditation a try with a free class at Mr. Test Prep.

Not a Disadvantage for Applications

Many students go into their second SAT thinking they have already lost because colleges will see that they needed to take the test twice. CollegeRaptor points out that this is not true. Some colleges use superscoring, which refers to compiling your highest section scores from each exam. This means they anticipate that most students will have to take the test more than once to achieve their goal score. Taking the SAT again is not a failure, it is commitment to work for the best. Taking the SAT again will showcase your ability to improve and your determination. Don’t get down about taking the exam twice, it won’t help you improve your score and a second test can work to your advantage.

You Are Likely to Improve

Data provided by the College Board in 2011 found that 50% of the students that retook the exam did better the second time and 10% saw no change at all. The students with the lowest scores the first time around saw the greatest gains in score on the second exam. So, if you didn’t perform to your fullest potential on the first exam you are very likely to exceed your previous score. Keep this in mind as you enter your second exam, the odds are in your favor.

Mental Preparation

The SAT requires mental preparation whether you take it once or twice. The second time around, you know what the test is like and can mentally prepare for how you will feel during the exam. Employ tools such as positive thinking, meditation, and simply knowing things are usually better the second time around to banish anxiety and boost confidence.


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