Should I study for the SAT or ACT?

pencilsIf you feel smart enough that you don’t need to review, at least take some time to familiarize yourself with the test. You’re running a test marathon and at the minimum you should know what you’re getting into.

Make sure you brush up on math. You’ll get a formula sheet, but you should memorize the formulas before the test. You also need to be able to do quick calculations in your head. Your calculator may be fast but you can be faster. You don’t want to waste time flipping back and forth to your fact sheet and calculator.


One of the best ways to prepare for verbal or reading sections is to study vocabulary. The key is to find out what works for you. Write your own sentences with the words. Make post-its of difficult words and post them on your mirror or doorway. Keep the words fresh in your mind – you don’t want to just learn it and forget it.


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If you take practice tests at home, use lined paper – that’s what you’ll probably be using on the test day. Write neatly and number the problems so you can go back and review it if you have time. Practice writing small and neat for your essay. If the graders can’t read it, you can’t get any points.


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