These tips should only be used as an adjunct mechanism for preparing to take the SAT and obtain the best possible score. Students should also study vocabulary words, as well as the fundamentals of arithmetic, algebra and geometry.
OVERALL TEST TACTICS:
- Learn the section directions now. Use the time saved during the test to work on questions.
- Answer easy questions first. Mark skipped questions in your exam book so you can quickly return to them later.
- Guess…if you can eliminate at least one choice.
- You can write in the test book: cross out wrong answers; do scratch work.
- Take care when filling in the answer grid for the student-produced response questions.
- Avoid stray marks on the answer sheet. A machine scores your test and can’t distinguish between a correct answer and a careless doodle.
- Easy questions usually precede hard ones.
- Mark only one answer per question.
- Skip any question if you haven’t the faintest idea about the answer. You don’t lose points.
- Understand the scoring! You get a point for a right answer. You lose a fractional point for a wrong answer. There is no deduction for omitted answers, or for wrong answers in the math section’s student-produced response questions.
- Keep checking that you are placing your answer in the correct section and number on the answer sheet.
- Don’t spend too much time on any one question. You should spend only seconds on the easiest questions, and hesitate to spend more than 1-2 minutes on even the hardest ones.
- Practice, practice, practice!
- Remember that the SAT consists of a series of small, timed, mini-tests. Keep track of the time you’re allotted for each one and how much time remains.
- Bring a watch to the test center. You can’t be guaranteed that there’ll be a working clock there.
- Don’t change an answer unless you’re sure you made an error.
- Read the words in the question carefully. Be sure to answer the question asked and not the question you recall from a practice test.
- Know the Question Types to Expect on the SAT I: * 19 sentence completion * 40 reading comprehension * 35 math multiple-choices * 10 student-produced responses