The SAT monster is poised to attack! With four sections of sharp teeth, your only defense is a number two pencil, and that might not seem like enough. The commonly-used Standardized Aptitude Test definitely looks daunting. And with scholarship money and even college admission on the line, that number two pencil starts to look like less and less of a useful weapon. However, by applying some SAT tips and tricks, you can easily ace the test.
Here’s the deal. Each section has its own patterns and rules and clues, and this blog post will teach you the best SAT tips and tricks for how to start looking for them.
Tip 1: Read the directions carefully
Skipping the directions of the test may result in grave mistakes if you don’t have any idea about the different SAT sections. Read it carefully if you failed to research them beforehand.
Tip 2: Learn how to eliminate 3 wrong answers
Elimination is one of the most common SAT tips there is. If you are unsure which is the answer to a particular question, eliminate the choices that seem very far from being the correct answer.
Tip 3: Skip the questions you are not sure about the answer
If you find a question difficult because you cannot recall the answer or you really haven’t reviewed its content, skip it first, and focus on the questions that seem easy to you. Just return to the ones you skipped after you finished all the easy questions.
Tip 4: Make use of the Test Booklet
You cannot write on your answer sheet but you are allowed to use the Test Booklet for your scratch work. This is particularly helpful in doing Tip 2.
Tip 5: Be neat and avoid unnecessary marks on your answer sheet
Another one of the important SAT tips and tricks is avoiding unnecessary marks. Since a machine will check your answer sheet, avoiding any stray mark ensures that the machine can read it accurately.
Tip 6: Trust your instinct
Unless you are sure that you have committed an error, your first answer is usually correct. That is your brain showing you the things that it can recall.
Tip 7: Don’t leave an item unanswered
Even if you really do not know the answer to several questions, try to guess and do not skip the item unanswered. You’ll never know. Maybe, your guess will be correct.
Tip 8: Research about the test format
You can save up time and you won’t find it that difficult to answer the test once you know the test format. You can do this by downloading practice tests available online.
Tip 9: Bring your watch and budget your time
To make sure that you will finish on time, bring your watch and sync it to the time of the proctor. This way, you will be able to budget your time.
SAT Reading Section Tips
Tip 10: Selective Attention
One of the best SAT tips is to skim through the passage you’re reading. Let your eyes glaze over it and then read the questions (carefully). For most items, you’ll be asked about specific lines in the passage, and it will tell you exactly which lines they’re asking about. Go back and just read those lines in order to answer the question.
Tip 11: Read the italicized passage introductions
No matter how much time-pressured you are, do not ignore passage introductions that are usually italicized. This is to make sure that you don’t miss any easy points.
Tip 12: Complete the sentence in your mind
For sentence completion, it would be better if you will first complete it in your mind before looking at the choices. This will help you avoid confusion if all the answers seem correct.
Tip 13. Use context clues
If you come across words that are unfamiliar to you, use context clues in the sentence to figure out its meaning. This is one of the many SAT tips and tricks that can be used to make sure you earn more points.
SAT Math Section Tips
Tip 14: Memorize formulas
The key solving most math problems is knowing the correct formula in doing so. Before the test, make sure you are knowledgeable on most formulas that you may use.
Tip 15: Work on your content weakness
Even if you are not a math genius, you will be able to answer math questions as long as you study and practice. Fill those math knowledge gaps before the test for better results.
Tip 16: In the Student-Produced Response Math section, avoid negative answers
If your answer to the student-produced math questions is negative, you’re most likely wrong. There is always no negative answers in that section so better recompute.
Tip 17: Don’t dwell too much on the easy questions
The first few questions of the math section are the easiest. Do not focus on them. Instead, brace yourself for the harder questions.
SAT Writing Section Tips
Tip 18: Learn about the different grammar rules
To ace the SAT writing section, you should have knowledge of the different grammar rules of the English language. Lucky for you, we have prepared a list of those grammar rules in a separate blog.
Tip 19: Study how to use punctuation marks correctly
Most test-takers do not focus on studying punctuation marks because they thought it is quite easy. Unfortunately, punctuations can be tricky and if you will not review their different usage, you might lose several points in the writing section.
SAT Essay Tips
Getting a perfect score on the optional SAT essay test is quite challenging. Your task is to read a 650-750 word passage and write a critical essay about it. To guide you on writing, Student-tutor dedicated a whole blog to help you out. Click here to read some tips to improve your SAT essay.
You’ve already learned all the material that you need to know. That’s what sitting through high school has done for you.
Now it’s just about mastering strategy, which is what SAT classes are really all about. And if you can learn to answer these questions, you’ll have an incredible SAT score and a much better shot at the college of your choice—and even some scholarship money.
Keep holding onto that pencil. You’ll do great.