SAT Tips


Shaylee Matthews

Sadie Pool cramming her studying in at lunch for her upcoming tests.

It’s that time of the year again. The time of the year that reminds you that you’re almost an adult and college is closer than you’ve realized. Yup, you guessed it, it’s time for the SAT.

When the SAT comes around, people usually start reviewing the day before and the morning of. Don’t cram. Review a few times a week and make and follow a study schedule to fit how much time you think you’ll need to prepare in order to get that high score.

PrepScholar recommends becoming familiar with the content and feel of the SAT so you know what to expect, such as the reading, writing and language and math sections. They also suggest learning test strategies, like using the process of elimination (check for more test strategies). And also, practice, especially on parts you struggle with.

One piece of advice from Magoosh is to find out where you struggle and, then, work on that when preparing for the SAT. They also say to use SAT resources, such as practice tests, courses and books. They’re there for a reason, so use them.

Khan Academy’s advice for the night before the SAT is to relax. Your brain needs a break from studying. Avoid screen time because bright screens will wake up your brain, making it hard to fall asleep. Have a healthy dinner. Organize your bag for test day so you’re not scrambling in the morning. Finally, make a plan to get to the testing site. Make sure you know who’s taking you, where you’re going and what the person taking you needs to do.

For the morning of the test, Khan Academy suggests waking up early and having a healthy breakfast. Get to the test site early to avoid nervous people when you get there, as you don’t need their anxiousness rubbing off on you.

And here are some friendly reminders: bring water, a snack and pencils; don’t forget your ticket or photo ID; charge your calculator or bring extra batteries and bring a watch (no smartwatches allowed).