How to prepare for the SAT

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On the face of it, the SAT is a straightforward enough exam. However, this does not mean it's by any stretch an easy one. These tips will help you feel more prepared for what lies ahead.

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    Get SAT ready
    The SAT is different from your run-of-the-mill midterm exam.If you are used to easing through a multiple-choice test because you thought eliminating the wrong answers was simple, think again when it comes to the SAT Test. To really get the feel of the way the test is constructed and what makes a right answer right and a wrong answer wrong, try to get plenty of practice by taking some practice tests.

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    About the SATs
    Taking the SAT Test is required for freshman entry to many universities in the United States. Over two million students take the test every year and it is used to evaluate a student’s college readiness. The test measures a student’s ability to understand and process elements in three subjects:SAT ReadingSAT WritingSAT MathThere is an added option for students to take additional subject tests to increase credibility.Remember, even the most adept among us can’t master tests without a little practice, so don't be afraid to get stuck in!

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    Preparing yourself - Reading and Writing
    There are two types of question you'll be asked to answer in the SAT reading and writing section:Sentence CompletionFor SAT Sentence Completion, you are going to have to become familiar with filling in the blanks. There are 19 questions, each question contains one or two blank spaces where students must find the best answer choice that will allow the sentence to make complete sense.Reading ComprehensionIn this section the hint is in the title, you will be reading and doing a lot of it. Reading Comprehension is also known as Critical Reading and it questions a students ability to understand a passage and then answer questions on the basis of what is stated and implied in that passage.  Students must read the passage first so that they can identify the main idea extract features such as the author’s tone and attitude. Passages on the SAT vary in length from short paragraphs that take 3 minutes to read to longer paragraphs that take 15 minutes to read. There are 48 questions in total that students must answer.

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    Preparing yourself - Maths
    The SAT Math test is 70 minutes long with two 25 minute sections and one 20 minute section. There are 54 questions in total with 44 of them being multiple choice and 10 response questions.The test covers basic math skills. The questions on your maths paper will be based on a variety of topics which can be grouped into the following areas:Number and operationsAlgebra and functionsGeometry and measurementData analysis, statistics, and probability

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    Tips for SAT preparation
    1. Create a Revision PlanOrganising your SAT Prep routine with a study planner has a number of great benefits. It can boost your motivation, help manage your workload, inject some confidence and reduce stress in the run up to the test. 2. Focus on your Weak PointsIf you prefer to solve equations rather than working with statistics, then that means statistics needs your attention. Building a study planner will help you divide your time up in the best way possible so you don’t end up avoiding the topics you hate.

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    Tips for SAT preparation (contd)
    3. Test Yourself Regularly Reviewing your knowledge as often as possible is the only way to really know if what you are learning is sticking or not. Why not try using  SAT Flashcards and Quizzes to quickly check to see where you are on the Math syllabus. 4. Practice, Practice, PracticeWith SAT Maths the best way to prepare for your exam is to practice as many sample papers and questions as you can.
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