How to Study for Standardized Tests: The SAT and the ACT
As a high school student, you have probably experienced common core throughout your academic life. The standardized knowledge you have received in school has ensured that you and your peers are on the same level, academically. However, if you want to go to college or university, these institutions need a way to score your standardized learning, which they do with standardized tests like the SAT and ACT.
The SAT and the ACT are arguably the most important standardized tests you will take while in high school. A good score on the SAT and ACT can help your chances at admission from a good college or university. A great score can open up doors at schools you never thought you would be able to attend, like Harvard, Yale, or West Point. However, the SAT and ACT are written and graded in such a way that you cannot just walk in and achieve your dream score. You must study efficiently, effectively, and for a significant period of time in order to achieve the score you want.
In this article, we will be providing you with a template study guide that will help you achieve a great score on these standardized tests. To further increase your ability, consult with an academic coach today to design a unique testing guide that matches your individual learning style and preferences.
The New SAT
The current format of the SAT is comprised of three sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. There is an optional section as well, where you will be required to write an essay. If you choose to write all four sections, including the optional essay, you will be required to take the test in 3 hours and 50 minutes. It may seem daunting right now but, rest assured, we can break down each section into smaller sections, allowing you to study effectively against this seeming behemoth of a test.
The knowledge required to take the SAT and get a good score is nothing new. You will have 60 minutes to complete the Writing section and will be tested on word usage, grammar, and word diction. If English is your second, third, or even fourth language and you feel you struggle sometimes with the language or syntax, you may require additional help from an academic coach or tutor. However, an excellent Mathematics score can offset an average score in the Writing section, so keep that in mind when preparing for your SATs.
Test-takers are only allowed 70 minutes to complete the Mathematics section of the SAT. You will be tested on numbers and operations, geometry, algebra and functions, statistics, data analysis, and probability. Even if math is not your strongest subject, you will have time to improve your knowledge and ability in it before writing the SAT. Learning mathematics is the same as any skill. The more time and effort you spend on improving your skills, the better you will become at them.
Do not compare yourself to others who are seemingly better in mathematics or English than you. Compare your ability today to what it was yesterday. If you have improved, and you keep improving, you will soon become proficient enough in your studies to achieve a good score when writing the SAT.