The SAT 200’s Not So Secret, SECRET to the SAT
Here Are Our Not So Secret, Secrets To The SAT
NOT SO SECRET, SECRET #1
TAKE THE TEST
The College Board has 8 free exams for you to take, including answer keys. Avoid assessment fees. Some companies charge hundreds of dollars just to have you take a practice test so they can assess your level! Use this online resource. It’s FREE!
NOT SO SECRET, SECRET #2
SCORE AND ASSESS THE TEST YOURSELF
PRINT the score sheet that the college board provides with each test and score it! Don’t be intimidated by all the numbers on the score sheet. Take your time and be patient. Yes scoring sucks because it takes time. But, would you rather pay hundreds of dollars for someone to do the exact same thing?
The College Board score sheet helps you identify what subjects you are weakest at. There is an app for you to score it quicker but I highly recommend scoring it by hand!
NOT SO SECRET, SECRET #3
BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF
If you suck in Algebra, then maybe you should consider taking the SAT at a later date. What needs to be addressed first is getting that skill (whatever skill/subject that you are weak in) up to par. If you need help ask a teacher, and if that doesn’t work get a private tutor. Low cost private tutors are available; you just need to be able to identify exactly what you need help in, so the tutor can help.
Tutors need direction just as much as you!
NOT SO SECRET, SECRET #4
HAVE A GOAL!
Have you asked your self what your target score is? Do you have a few schools in mind? Yes it’s tedious work to think hard about these questions. When I was your age, I didn’t want to do it either. But, with that way of thinking, I failed high school and parts of college. Is this your goal, to fail? Clearly you want to do everything that will benefit you and help you score higher, so ask yourself these hard questions.
By setting goals it holds you accountable! The reason why SAT bootcamps work for some students is because it forces practice and accountability. But, I don’t believe you need to pay thousands of dollars for that.
You can do this all on your own, but it will take commitment. You need to treat and prepare for the SAT like its an actual class. Have a plan, and set daily goals to execute that plan.
In closing, all these secrets have a common point. Preparation. The more prepared you are, the more likely it is that you will reach your goal. And if you don’t, guess what? You can retake it and learn a lot about yourself during this process! Happy studies.