Smart Ways to Prepare for the SATs

The SATs are only administered a few times per year, which means you need to be prepared. You’ll want to take the exam at least once before submitting your college applications so the schools have your scores. This can require some careful planning and coordination on your part to make sure you’re registered and take the exam in time.

Once you’ve picked a date to take the SATs, it’s time to start preparing for the actual test. This isn’t something you want to wait until the last minute to do because you’ll only end up stressing yourself out even more. Here are a few ways you can practice and get ready:

· Brush up on your math skills

The SAT has two math sections — one with a calculator, and one without. Reviewing basic math facts and practicing mental calculations can help you not only with the non-calculator section, but also save time during the calculator section. When you can quickly figure out the answer to simple problems in your head, you can move on to tougher problems that you’ll have to work out on paper. Don’t forget to review different equations as well so you can easily recall (and know how to use) them.

· Read, read, read — and discuss!

The SAT is also heavy on reading. Spend time every day reading not only to build up your stamina, but also to expand your familiarity with different types of text. There will be non-fiction passages on the exam, so read the newspaper or authoritative magazines to get used to this type of material. Discuss what you’ve read too so you can make sure you have good comprehension and can answer questions about the content.

· Boost your vocabulary

As you’re working on schoolwork, try to pay attention to the language and vocabulary used. Make it a point to learn — and remember — definitions so you can recall them later. Practice using a variety of words in your everyday conversation too. Word-a-day calendars can be great for building your vocabulary.

· Practice your writing

Don’t forget about the writing section of the SAT! If writing isn’t your strongest suit, this is something you’ll want to focus on. Read different types of essays such as persuasive, expository, narrative, and descriptive to get a feel for how they are crafted and what should be included. Have someone review your writing for spelling or grammar mistakes and ways to improve sentence structure and clarity.

· Review old material

The SATs will draw from information and skills you’ve learned throughout your schooling. Even if you’re taking calculus now, it can be a good idea to go back and spend time reviewing concepts from algebra and geometry. Taking practice tests can be a great way to determine which areas or skills you may be a little rusty on.

· Work with a tutor

If you’re unsure of where to start or what topics to cover — or if the thought of exams makes you nervous — working with a tutor can be a great way to feel more prepared. They will work with you on what you need to know for the SAT and how the test will be structured. Crafting Scholars takes basic test prep a step further and creates a customized curriculum based on your unique needs, learning styles, strengths, and areas for improvement.

By analyzing how you think and approach different types of problems, Crafting Scholars can develop strategies that work best for you. You’ll be able to study more effectively and get the most out of your exam preparations so you can perform your best on test day! Contact us today to learn more or get started!