1. Simulate test day conditions as much as possible
Got a favorite song that just pumps you up? Always like to snack while studying? How about texting? We all like to text.
Well, when you are at home taking a practice test, don’t. That’s right. Don’t text, sing, munch on Doritos or listen to that ubiquitous “Happy” song. Besides the requisite bathroom break—because there is no need for downright torture—your derriere should be parked on your chair knocking out an SAT. Because that’s exactly how it is going to be test day.
And if you really want to simulate conditions, wake up Saturday morning at 8 and take a full-length practice test. This piece is only for the truly agro.
2. Only use College Board
There are dozens of companies that have SAT mock tests. None of them are the real thing. So if you want to know what sitting through a real SAT is like and what score you would actually get, open up to one of the ten actual SAT tests in the College Board’s big blue book.
3. Review Mistakes
Don’t just take the test and grade it (though that’s the first step). Once you’ve finished try to figure out what you missed. One way to do this is to not mark the correct answer on a question you missed. Just mark the question as wrong, and then try to figure it out the second time around, determining why your original answer is wrong and what you think, the second time around, the answer is. Then, check the actual answer.
If you’ve got any questions or comments about these tips, feel free to leave them below! 🙂
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Chris Lele is the GRE and SAT Curriculum Manager (and vocabulary wizard) at Magoosh Online Test Prep. In his time at Magoosh, he has inspired countless students across the globe, turning what is otherwise a daunting experience into an opportunity for learning, growth, and fun. Some of his students have even gone on to get near perfect scores. Chris is also very popular on the internet. His GRE channel on YouTube has over 10 million views. You can read Chris's awesome blog posts on the Magoosh GRE blog and High School blog! You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook!
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