Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register for the SAT?
How do I register for the ACT?
What should I do the morning of the test?
Is the week of the test too late to study
What is the best way to study on the week of the test?
Monday – Essay – Review the comments your teacher or tutor gave you on your last few essays and “The List” of persuasive literary elements. If you haven’t read any sample essays that received high scores, now is the time to do it!
Tuesday – Math Section – Complete and check a no calculator section from the Official Guide.
Wednesday – Reading Section – Complete and check a few passages from the Official Guide. Give yourself 13 minutes per passage.
Thursday – Writing Section – Complete and check a few passages from the Official Guide. Give yourself 9 minutes per passage.
What is a “Strategy Script”?
You can use the following strategy scripts or use them as a starting point for writing your own.
Reading: Stop and summarize every paragraph. Find the answers in the passage and predict if you can. Don’t fall for out of scope choices.
Writing: Check punctuation, ask questions, and find the “just right” topic.
Math: Start at the beginning, skip ahead to grid-ins when I need to. Unpack and match. Look for ways to solve backwards or pick numbers.
Essay: Cite evidence six times and pick from The List. Use the best words I know and combine short sentences.
What should I do the night before the test?
What should I bring with me to the test?
- Admission Ticket and ID
- Several sharp #2 pencils (not mechanical) with good erasers
- Calculator (some people bring both a scientific and a graphing calculator)
- Snack and drink
Is there anything I shouldn’t bring?
What should I do on Saturday morning?
There is no need to study on Saturday morning, but you should do a warm-up activity, such as a trying few math problems or reviewing some vocabulary. Look at the strategy scripts and “The List” for the essay one more time.
When you get to the testing center, leave your cell phone in the car. It’s possible that the proctor will confiscate it if you have it on your person.
During the test:
Mentally say the strategy script at the beginning of each section. Remember that it gets more difficult to maintain your mental discipline once you’ve been testing for a while, so pace yourself and give it your best work for the whole time.
Use your breaks wisely. Visit the restroom, have your snack, and do some stretching. You might not feel like you have to get out of your seat when it’s time for the break, but you might regret it 20 minutes later! Remember your blood sugar level will start to decrease, and with it your ability to focus, before you feel hungry, so don’t skip your snack.
Give yourself credit. You worked hard to get ready and you deserve a great score.
After the test:
Recommended Websites and Apps
The Ultimate Vocabulary Prep
Wordstock Vocabulary Guide
Vocabulary Builder with Pronunciations
Quizzative by Merriam-Webster
Daily Practice for the SAT by the College Board