March 2016 marks the end of the old SAT and the launch of the newly redesigned SAT. How can you ace the new SAT? Here are 7 tips for you:
- Test Day Checklist. Get a good night’s sleep before the test. Be sure you arrive at the SAT prepared with the right tools. See TEST DAY CHECKLIST. Be sure to bring a protein snack, a watch and an approved calculator.
- Use Score Choice. Since this is the first time for the new SAT. Don’t list any colleges to send your scores to until you see your scores. You can send them to selected colleges later.
- Guess. SAT has eliminated the ¼ pt for guessing and the fifth answer. Eliminate as many answers as possible, then make a calculated guess. It won’t hurt your score.
- Brush up on Algebra 1 & 2. The new SAT emphasizes Algebra, with some Algebra 2 and some Trigonometry. Little Geometry. Math section includes many word based problems.
- Pace Yourself. Remember you have three sections to do: Reading, Writing and Language, Math and then the Essay is now at the end. The test is 5 minutes longer, at 3 hours 50 minutes.
- Prepare for Analytical Essay. The new SAT essay is now 50 minutes long, optional and focused on analyzing content. Gone is the persuasive essay. Prepare to support your analysis in your writing.
- Relax. This is just a test. It shows your ability on this Saturday in March. It does not define the rest of your life. You will have a chance to retake it or take the ACT. You have been going to school for over 10 years. You know more than you realize.
Review your testing schedule and keep track of test registration in Edge. Add all your spring tests to your testing schedule.