The SAT is the dreaded standardized test that colleges not only use for entrance exams but also for scholarships—the higher the score, the bigger the scholarship money. It is often even looked at more than a student’s GPA since every school has a different standard for weighing and calculating grades.
Unfortunately, many students’ even very smart ones often bomb the SAT. In response, they resolve to the fact that they are just bad test-takers when it comes to this test – even though they may have a high GPA and take honors courses in school. The fact of the matter is that the SAT is not a normal test. The reason many students do poorly on this test has nothing to do with their intelligence or knowledge that they have learned, but mainly because they just don’t understand this particular test.
There are three sections: Critical Reading, Math and Writing on the SAT. The test is three hours and forty-five minutes long with 2-3 short breaks. It becomes a mental marathon for students and the goal for them is to save time and minimize mistakes. In each section students are given about a minute a question so students must learn the fast ways to answer them and learn the critical thinking skills necessary to stop picking the wrong answers.
Since the SAT is a standardized test, it contains recurring logical patterns that can be discovered. The key to doing well is to understand these hidden patterns, learn the secret strategies to find the shortcuts and then practice with actual tests. This helps students become familiar with the test so that finding the right answers quickly becomes automatic; students can then score higher and in return receive some amazing scholarship money.
Students don’t have to be a genius to ace the SAT but understanding the test and the question-types is a must in order to do well on this test. A standardized test means that the patterns stay the same. It is not a random test but students can learn to find the relationships and logical patterns that recur. With some preparation and practice, students can become confident test-takers, lessen test anxiety and ultimately ace the SAT.
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