SAT Test Secrets For A Higher Score

Curious about SAT test secrets you can use to give your SAT score that extra boost? Read on to find out lesser-known tips for how to perform well on test day and wow all of the colleges on your list.

Secret #1: Retaking the test is a good thing.

Take the test as many times as you think you need to. Don’t be ashamed to retake it, because that’s how you’ll get the best possible score. Over time, you learn from your mistakes and figure out what you should have done differently.

Secret #2: Guess if you need to.

On the new SAT, there are no points off for wrong answers. If you have no idea how to answer a question, don’t leave it blank. Take a guess!

Secret #3: Answer the easiest questions first.

Before answering any questions, skim through to figure out which ones are easiest. Answer those first to ensure you get those easy points. Afterward, move on to the harder questions.

Secret #4: Mental and physical wellness are necessary for a great score.

Your mental and physical wellness is just as important as your test preparation. If you’re tired or hungry while taking the test, you won’t be doing your best. Take care of yourself. Eating a healthy breakfast on the morning of the SAT is one of the smartest decisions you can make.

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Secret #5: The more practice tests, the better.

The more practice tests you take, the more you’ll get used to the content on the test. The format is standardized, so learn it well and get accustomed to it. Practice tests also help if you simulate the physical conditions of taking the test. Test day will feel more familiar and less stressful.

Secret #6: Manage your time.

One of the most important parts of getting a good score is managing your time. Don’t dwell too long on any one question. If you’re unsure, circle it and come back if you have time at the end. Also, make use of all the time given to you. Don’t leave early. Instead, use that extra time to check over your work. This will give you the upper hand over all of the students that don’t utilize all of their time.

Secret #7: SAT scores do not equal intelligence.

Everyone seems to think that high SAT scores equate intelligence, while low SAT scores equate lack of it. This is not the case. The test doesn’t measure critical thinking abilities. Your test taking skills often play a much larger role in your score than your knowledge. So your SAT score definitely should not determine how you view your own intelligence.


  • Nadira Berman

    As a Summer Marketing Intern, Nadira is excited to help high schoolers prepare for the SAT and ACT. As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, she is considering studying economics. In her free time, she reports for the school newspaper and styles photo shoots for the school's fashion magazine. Besides fashion and journalism, her passions include bagels, smoothies and Netflix.

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