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The SAT, compared to the ACT, is structured in a way that makes increasing your score much more achievable if you study for it strategically. The SAT tests critical thinking more than the ACT, which tends to emphasize knowledge of subject material, so getting familiar with the most common question types, the “curve ball” tricks that appear test after test, and test-taking tricks all make boosting your SAT score more achievable in a shorter period of time than boosting your ACT score.
A good time to start studying for the SAT is the summer before freshman year. There are very little school commitments that take your time, as well as drain your “mental stamina.” During the summer, there is low stress, it avoids the hectic period of adjusting to a new environment, getting back into study mode, and juggling homework. Concentrated study for 6-10 weeks is recommended during sophomore year, but starting studying early with leisure makes the SAT much more manageable, both mentally and emotionally.
You’ve completed all of your daily flashcard drills, benchmarked and measured yourself, and studied with targeted goals. All of that hard work comes down to one single performance: the SAT test day. The best of disciplined athletes and performers maintain good habits and focus techniques during performance as well as during practice sessions. They ensure they do not succumb to jitters or unforeseen disruptions on performance day and end up performing poorly, despite consistently achieving fantastically during their regular practice sessions. Here are some tips to minimize the risk of being shaken up by unexpected factors on your big performance day.
There are three topics, divided into 10 sections. The 25-minute Essay section will always come first and the 10-minute Writing section will always come last. The rest of the sections can be in any order by test date and student. The total test time is 225 minutes, (3 hours and 45 minutes) along with three short breaks dispersed throughout the duration of the test.
Everything you need to know about registering for the SAT
Sign up to take the SAT at the College Board website. Registration can also be one through mailing a registration form and payment check. The cost to take the SAT is $51 for U.S. students (additional fee details can be found here. International students click here.).
The SAT is administered seven times each year in the U.S. International test dates are the same as U.S. test dates, except for the absence of the March session. The exam is held on a Saturday whenever possible, starting at 9 AM.
As the day of the test approaches, you will have taken several practice tests, learned hundreds of new vocabulary words, brushed up on avoiding the most common pitfalls, and reminded yourself of taking strategies. You want to make sure the countless hours of work you put into studying do not get unraveled by preventable mishaps. Here is advice on being as prepared as you can be for the test.
SAT preparation material can be expensive. Options range from classes that cost several thousands of dollars to very affordable books and online material. Below is an analysis comparing books, classes, private tutors, and online courses. Seeing the advantages, disadvantages, and approximate costs of these options should help you become better informed to choose the option right for you.