In this lesson, our professor Vincent Selhorst-Jones gives an introduction on general SAT strategy: you and the SAT. He discusses endurance, concentration, stress, your body (sleep posture, diet), clothes and a clear forehead.
Doing well on the SAT takes endurance. It's a long test, and you need to be ready for that. Make sure you do multiple practice tests before the real thing so you can get used to the feeling of taking a long test.
By the same token, you need to stay concentrated. Practice your concentration when you practice the SAT. Don't let yourself have distractions in the room: no phones, no music, no TV, no computers, no talking. Focus on the test and just the test.
While it may feel like the SAT will determine your whole life, that's just not true. It's important, but it does not decide your life, and it does not determine your worth as a human being. Don't freak out: everything is going to be fine.
The SAT is stressful, so if you have trouble with stress, you want to learn how to manage it. There are various relaxation techniques that can help, such as breathing slowly and deeply. Watch this lesson's video to see more of them and how to use them.
Take care of your body. The SAT may be about brains, but your brain lives in your body. Make sure you're getting enough sleep, you're eating well, and think about what you take to the SAT to snack on.
On test day, make sure you wear comfortable clothes and that you dress in layers. You want to be able to put on a jacket if it's cold, and take off a sweater if it's hot. You can't control the temperature in the room, but you can change your clothes while you take the test.
Take a shower before the test: it will help you wake up and feel refreshed.
Keep your hair out of your eyes when you take the test. You don't want to be distracted by bangs falling in front of your face all the time.
General SAT Strategy, Part 3: You & the SAT
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Educator.com recommends The Official SAT Study Guide published by The College Board, the administrators of the actual SAT test. In it, you will find additional practice questions and a review of all subjects, along with 10 official SAT practice tests. Our instructors work through several of the practice tests in real time, going through their thought processes and test-taking tips.
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