A study plan is essential to accomplishing your goals and improving your SAT score. Daily practice will ensure that you are ready for the exam, eliminating the need for stressful cramming. Here’s how to make your plan.
Look at Your Calendar
Look for free days in your calendar. Do you have a Saturday or Sunday with no sports tournaments? Is there an evening wide open? Plan big chunks of time on these days for taking timed practice tests. These tests will familiarize you with the exam and help you track your improvement.
Plan for Daily Practice
Studying for even just a few minutes a day can help improve your score. Plan a few minutes to answer a sample question, go over a formula or practice a few flashcards. The College Board’s Daily Practice App can help you accomplish this goal.
Longer Study Sessions
Block out time in the months before the exam that you can sit down for awhile and really focus on the material. Spending a few hours a week with your trouble spots can go a long way toward bumping up your score.
Plan For Tutoring
Nothing can boost your confidence, provide you with test taking hints and tips and relieve test taking anxiety like professional test prep help. Mr. Test Prep’s flexible schedules offer the opportunity to attend test prep courses when it works best for you. Plan to take time for some guided test prep.
Just like an athlete, the bulk of your preparation should have come long before the exam. Plan to taper your studies to quick reviews in the week before the exam. Take time to get plenty of sleep, eat well and exercise. Staying healthy and alert can be extremely beneficial on exam day. Alternatively, cramming will leave you feeling exhausted and challenge your ability to focus and work quickly.
You should include the most helpful study methods for you in your study plan. Be sure to customize it so that you are getting the greatest amount of benefit from your plan. Ultimately, having a plan will eliminate stress and leave you feeling prepared for and confident about the SAT.
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