One of the challenges you face with SAT is to figure out what kind of study schedule works for you and prepare you best for success. A study plan for SAT is not one size fits all, so it may not work for you what works for your friends or classmates. In fact, as you will see in our sample study guides for the revised SAT written by current high school students, students who have taken the SAT have used very different approaches with very different focus.
Before deciding on a study plan, you should definitely consider your study preferences, SAT objectives, and resources. Generally, we recommend that you start your SAT preparation early. Around three months before the sample, you should have enough buffer to try a few approaches to the analysis and be confident with the substance of the test.
Here are some tips as to how to manage your time to study.
- Early diagnosis of your skills. Even if you are not planning to study during the months leading up to the SAT, it’s recommended that you take a brief at the Khan Academy or complete the PSAT / NMSQT six months before the test. You're going to have a good idea of how close you are to your target of SAT. If you need to learn a lot of skills, you may want to start studying earlier than you would have expected. Identify the things you need to work most on and continue to practice. Don't be frustrated if it's hard to understand or know at first, the better it gets the more you practice.
- Take at least two samples of the entire practice. Its recommended that you take at least one full-time practice test to the start of your analysis and one to the end. also, that you take at least one on-paper practice test, which is how the real SAT is conducted, so that the process is relaxed. Having a full-length practice test offers a practical sense of how long the test is going on and where you start to get distracted or confused mentally. Yes, it's at least three hours of hard work, but if your first full SAT is on Test Day, you may be unpleasantly surprised at how it can be to tax all that intense thinking. You can't train for a marathon simply by sprinting
- For each test chapter, familiarize yourself with the directions. For each SAT, the series of sections and directions will be the same for each chapter. Time is wasted that you spend trying to understand the Test Day instructions.
- Research out of the bag. Mix the SAT training with some development of general skills. To prepare for the Reading Test, read and review long articles and scientific studies. Read editorial papers or essays and pay attention to how the author is making his or her case for the optional essay. These approaches may not be enough on their own, but there is no better way to strengthen a skill and build your understanding than to apply to the real world what you know.
- Take a break before the test the night. why would you waste some vital study time right before the SAT? making sure you're resting and relaxing when you wake up for the test is important. Last-minute studying will bring extra pressure, lower confidence, and tire you out. Alternatively, we suggest that you do something relaxing and fun, such as watching a favourite movie or playing soccer with friends, to take the test off your mind and put yourself in a good mood.
- Set yourself up on Test Day for success. What everybody says is true— the sleep of a good night will make all the difference. Make sure you go to bed before the test early in the night and watch a full night of sleep (at least 8 hours). It can help to go to bed a little earlier each night before the test so it feels natural to have an early bedtime on Friday. Wake up early on Saturday so you have plenty of time to heat your brain before the SAT starts and eat a full, healthy breakfast so you won't be disturbed during the exam by hunger or discomfort. And don't forget to plan your shipments beforehand! To take the test you will need No. 2 pencils and a calculator, and without a valid photo ID and a printed copy of your SAT test registration you will not be allowed into the test room. The more prepared you feel and rested before the SAT, the more success you will be able to focus on while taking the test.
- You're going to want to be geared towards the overall test layout. The SAT is split into two parts out of 1600 points: 800 points for the section Math and 800 points for Evidence-based Reading and Writing (consisting of a Reading test and a Writing exam). 400 points (200 on each section) are the lowest possible score. The essay section is optional and is separately scored out of eight points in three domains, making the max essay score 24. The following chart tells you about each section's order, number of questions, and time.
- It's time to start updating content once you have a target and timetable. Learn any material you need for the test you don't already know, and check what you already know. Identify the areas in which you realize you are soft, but do not overlook something. So, if you're weak in math, spending more time on it is fine, but you should still spend some time preparing for the SAT Reading section even if it's your best topic. This helps ensure that you are sufficiently prepared for each section and that you are not backsliding on the topics that you are already good at.