5 Tips for the day before the SAT

This Saturday, thousands of students around the world will sit down with their pencils and calculators to take the SAT. Here are the top 5 Tips from Greene’s SAT Tutors on how to be ready for the test.

1. Do the easy problems first

The SAT will have questions that you find easy and questions that you find nearly impossible. But remember, they are all worth the same amount of points. A good strategy is to tackle each section of the exam by doing all the easy and medium-level questions first; then work on the tough questions with the leftover time you have.

 2. Fill in the multiple-choice questions correctly

If you are a UK student, you probably haven’t taken a multiple-choice exam in a long time. The lettered circles on your answer form must be filled in correctly for the marking machine to read it correctly—this means filling in the circles completely, staying inside the circle boundaries, and erasing any stray marks or changed answers.

 3. Read the directions ahead of time

If you do one thing the night before the SAT, make sure you read the directions for each section of the exam. This will save you time during the actual test. Pay attention to phrases like ‘select the best answer’ or ‘answer based on what is stated or implied’—these are clues to help you know what the questions are really asking.

4. Make an essay outline

The first section of the SAT is always the Essay. Read through the prompt slowly and then make a clear outline of your thoughts. Make sure you include an introduction, key points and examples, and a conclusion. Outlining only takes a few minutes but is the best way to keep yourself from straying off topic during the writing itself.

 5. Eat and sleep

You’ve heard this before and its true. Getting a good night’s sleep before any exam is proven to improve your focus and speed. Make sure you eat a proper breakfast the morning of the exam too; experts recommend a breakfast with high fiber and carbohydrates to give you energy and “brain food” that provide antioxidants such as Vitamin E, as well as omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins such as folic acid and B12. Avoid sugary cereals and opt for oatmeal or porridge with berries and milk.

Follow these steps and walk into your test centre on Saturday morning with confidence.


For more about the SAT and how to prepare, click here.

Posted on: January 26th, 2012 | Categories: Study & Exam Tips, U.S. SAT | Tags: