You’ve spent valuable time preparing for the SAT.  Here are some suggestions on what to do the week of the exam.  This should not be a time of intense study but rather a time to organize your thoughts and materials and review important test-taking strategies.

Before the Test

  • Know the types of questions that will appear on the test.
  • Understand the directions for the eight types of questions that will appear on the exam.  This will help you save valuable time on the day you take the SAT because you won’t have to spend time reading and studying the directions.
  • Know which questions you feel most comfortable with.
  • Know the way to the test center.  If you have never been to the site where the test is going to be administered, make it a point to go to the testing site before test day.

The Week of the Test

  • Work on practice questions from all sections of the exam.
  • Review SAT test-taking strategies.
  • Know how you will approach each section of the SAT.

The Day Before the Test

  • Get a good night’s sleep.  You should not spend any time studying or taking practice exams.
  • Gather everything that you’ll need for the test:  appropriate photo ID, photo admission ticket, several No. 2 pencils and soft erasers, calculator with new batteries, watch, snack
  • Make sure your alarm is set!

Test Day

  • Arrive at the test site by 7:45am, unless instructed otherwise on your admission ticket.
  • Bring all of the items you’ll need for the exam.
  • Try to follow your normal morning routine.

During the Test

  • Keep track of time during the test.
  • Answer the easy questions first.  Remember, all questions are worth the same number of points.
  • Don’t spend too much time working on any one question.
  • Mark questions you skipped in your test booklet, and make sure you are filling in the correct bubbles on your answer sheet.  You don’t want to mark answers to the wrong questions!
  • Make educated guesses.

After the Test

  • Do something fun!  Reward yourself for all of the hard work and effort you put into preparing for and taking the SAT.

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