By: Belerofonte Mar
Even with the immense workload Juniors have, three letters can make that workload feel like nothing. SAT. One of the biggest test any high schooler will have to take, so preparation for is key.But one of the biggest questions many will ask is: what is the best way to prepare for the PSAT and SAT?
But for the others it may begin a bit later. In a month from now actually, a few Juniors will be taking the PSAT and even then many will want to prepare for it. But one of the biggest questions many will ask is: what is the best way to prepare for the PSAT and SAT?
For those of you who don’t know, the PSAT and the Scholastic Assessment Test are test that students are able to take Junior and Senior Year. “The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are designed to assess your academic readiness for college,” said College Board, the organization that runs the test. If you are able to pass the SAT and the PSAT with a good enough score there is many benefits. “These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support, and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students,” said College Board. This means that doing well on both the PSAT and SAT is extremely important.
One of the most important things to know about the Scholastic Assessment Tests is that most of the questions there is are not difficult. The truth is that many of the questions are worded in such a way that, given the pressure of time, many students will get confused. This also brings up another important point: time management. Since the test only last four hours every second counts. It is highly recommended to answer the easiest questions, then go back to the harder questions. Since you answered the easiest questions first that means you have more points then if you were to take your time trying to answer the harder questions that come up first.
If you are a Sophomore, or a Junior with a bit more time to prepare, there is many things you can do to get ready for these big test. “College Board gave us study guides and I recommend each student to look at that study guid,” said Ms. Rocio,the Samueli Academy counselor, “but not everyone likes actual books now because they are used to technology, so I would recommend Khan Academy?” This preparation is beneficial because it will expose you to what you will see on the test. By also taking the PSAT you will see what your strengths and weaknesses are. As Nicole Fernandez said, “I think it [PSAT] is important because it determines how well you will do on the SAT so you know what branches to work on.”
To conclude, there is really nothing to fear when people mention those three letters. Even though there is great pressure to do well on the test it is not the end of the world if you didn’t start study until a few months before the test. If you start to study and remember these easy tips to follow those test scores will soar.
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