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With the SAT is coming up fast, it’s normal to be stressed.

Here’s the good news: you don’t have to re-learn everything there is to know about reading, writing, and math overnight…you can sleep well the night before your test knowing these basic last minute SAT tips and strategies.

To get you through the final stretch, we’re proud to present our brand new SAT resource: the “Last Minute SAT Tips and Strategies” video.

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Watch the embedded video below, or scroll down for a full video transcript. 🙂

What Will I See in the “Last Minute SAT Tips and Strategies” Video?

In this free video, our SAT expert Chris will give you a brief introduction, followed by four LAST MINUTE study hacks for knocking it out of the park on test day:

    1. Get two good night’s sleep before the test.
    2. Don’t study on test day.
    3. Watch your breathing.
    4. Don’t forget what to bring.

“Last Minute SAT Tips and Strategies” Full Transcript


This is Chris, the SAT tutor at Magoosh and I’m here today to talk about last minute SAT tips.

I know, I know.

You bet I’m gonna say, get a good night’s sleep.

Well you know what?

I’m gonna tell you to get two good nights of sleep.

That’s right, because sometimes there’s so much pressure riding on that final night that it’s hard to fall asleep.

I gotta sleep, I gotta sleep well, I gotta sleep well.

It’s like two in the morning, and you’re not sleeping well.

We don’t want that to happen.

So make sure you get two good nights of sleep.

We’re talking about that Thursday night, get a good night sleep.

Take some of that pressure off of that Friday night.

And then, you’re gonna wake up Saturday with two good nights of sleep in you, raring to go.

Speaking about rearing to go, one thing you don’t want to do is wake up super early test day and then spend an hour and a half studying, thinking ooh, I’m getting some last minute tips here, I bet this is going to pop up test day.

You know what’s happening?

You’re draining your brain reserves.

You only have so much energy in there, so that when you’re at hour three of the four plus hour tests suddenly you just crash.

No, bad idea.

Do not study the day the morning of the test.

Next tip watch your breathing.

Nope not when you’re sleeping at night.

On the actual test itself especially those harder questions those harder passages.

What happens?

You read something, you are not sure of the answer.

What’s happening my heart beat is speeding up.

And guess what, with that faster breathing and that faster heart rate are not gonna help you think clearly.

Quite the opposite, they are gonna make it really difficult for you to think.

And even once you get beyond that hard question, now comes the easy question but you don’t even know anymore because you’re hyperventilating.

So the best thing to do is to stop that from happening in the first place by being very aware of your breathing.

Especially when you get to the harder questions, take a slightly deep breath.

Watch your breathing and you’re gonna do much better testing.

Last tip is what to bring, this is important.

You don’t want to do all of these things, get great night sleep, be raring to go and then show up there without your ID, bad idea.

So what we’ve done is we’ve created a convenient checklist, where all the things that you need are listed there.

And you can check them off to make sure that you don’t forget anything.

All you have to do is check off the description below and there it is.

That’s your checklist.

Make sure that you don’t forget anything.

Again, best of luck and I will see you next time.

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About Molly Kiefer

Molly completed her undergraduate degree in Philosophy at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has been tutoring the SAT, GRE, and LSAT since 2014, and loves supporting her students as they work towards their academic goals. When she’s not tutoring or blogging, Molly takes long walks, makes art, and studies ethics. Molly currently lives in Northern California with her cat, who is more popular on Instagram than she is.

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