In order to succeed on the SAT, you have to prepare for it. Virtually no one can go into the test and expect to get an acceptable score without some kind of preparation. In fact, it has been shown that students that prepare months ahead of time are those that receive the highest scores. It is just a matter of knowing where to start.
If you are not sure what your first step should be toward preparing for the SAT, you can talk to your guidance counselor or you can turn to the Internet for answers.
Smart SAT Prep
There are many valuable tools out there to help you prepare for the SAT. The following are just some of those:
Websites – There are many test prep websites on the Internet that are either reasonably priced, have reasonably priced preparation tools, or have some things that you can use for free. Some sites allow you to take practice tests online and others allow you to apply pencil to paper so you can get a feel for the real thing.
Online vocabulary tests – These are very valuable tools that will help you accomplish the memorization that you need to succeed on the test. You can take the online vocabulary tests and read everything. You can also integrate books into your reading plan so you are exposed to a lot of vocabulary.
Direct from the test makers – The College Board is the SAT’s source and it gives students free test materials to help them with the SAT. Students can also receive a daily SAT question to be delivered to their email. This gives a good idea of what the SAT has on it so that the student can prepare accordingly.
Test prep classes – Lots of high schools offer their students in-house SAT prep courses. Some schools even have their own faculty run their programs or they will hire individuals from the outside. Other times, schools work with The Princeton Review, Kaplan, and other national test-prep firms to allow them to offer discounted in-house classes.
There are other things that you can do, such as have conversations with other students who have taken the test so that you know what to expect. They can tell you what they experienced and you can use their experiences as a guide when you are preparing for your own experience.
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