In Malcolm Gladwell‘s book Outliers, he suggests that anyone can become an expert at anything if they work at it for 10,000 hours. And while success on the SAT doesn’t take that long, there’s a reason the phrase “practice makes perfect” has become a cliche.
If you play sports, video games or music; if you like to cook or act or draw; or if you’re into anything at all, you know that the more you can practice that thing you do, the better you get at it. Taking the SAT, or any kind of test, is no different. The good news is that though the actual college entrance exam is meant as a gauge to test what you already know, there are many ways to get better at it.
Keep reading for five tips to help you tackle the SAT.
Other things to keep in mind: don’t be afraid to write in your test booklet. Mark when you skip a question so you remember to go back to it. Cross out choices that you know aren’t right — it’s easier to choose between two answers than four! If you don’t know an answer, you may want to make an educated guess, especially if you have eliminated one or more answer choices. Feel free to make drawings to help illustrate your thinking on the math section.
Finally, try to keep things in perspective. SAT scores are only one of several factors that colleges consider in the admission process. Remember, you are in control. Come prepared, and pace yourself.