Standardized testing can be daunting! Follow these tips to reduce your stress and help you do best on your tests.
- 3 Times is Enough
Plan to take the SAT/ACT no more than 3 times each. You should be done testing by fall of your senior year.
- Try both the SAT and ACT
Take a diagnostic test or take the official ACT/SAT tests to see which one you prefer and/or do best on.
- Start to Study Immediately
- Don’t waste one of your tries before you’ve even cracked open your prep book. Know what to expect on the test and be familiar with the format.
- Practice test taking strategies. Practice your weaknesses. Don’t waste time practicing your strengths.
- Pick One Test and Stick to It
- Take a diagnostic test to find which test- ACT or SAT – would be best for you to take.
- Once you know which exam you find more manageable, put all your energy into it.
- Know which other standardized tests you have to take.
Do you have to take SAT subject tests to be admitted to your school of choice?
- Treat the SAT for what it is….a small piece of the picture.
Colleges use a holistic admissions process. They evaluate all parts of your application, including your test results.
Check out the study aids included in GuidedPath. Click on Testing. View information on GuidedPath: Resources: Test Prep Materials:
- ArborBridge: March 2016 SAT Changes
- ArborBridge: 2015 New PSAT
- ArborBridge: Differences between the ACT and SAT
- Applerouth: ACT and SAT Comparison Guide
- Applerouth: ACT Test Prep Guide Preview
- Applerouth: SAT Test Prep Guide Preview