5 Strategies you must use during the SAT test

5 Strategies you must use during the SAT test

SAT General Strategy Your effort must be equal for all aspects of your SAT preparation – be it an advanced quadratic function or a simple arithmetic sum, or even a tough English grammar question. You need to make sure that you focus on all topics equally. It might take you 10 seconds or less to solve the much easier questions, but the difficult ones might take you five minutes, or even more, depending on the difficulty level of the question. These difficult questions are commonly associated with complex reading passages, but even so, your effort needs to be equally distributed for all types of questions – easy or difficult. You need to focus on collecting most of the raw points associated with the questions and boost your scores as much as possible. Go for the easy ones first and finish them, and spend the remainder of your time on solving the complex ones.

SAT Math strategy When you are solving the Maths section during your SAT exam, you will be easily able to understand which ones are the easy ones, and which ones are complex. The difficulty level in the maths section usually increases in an ascending manner from first to last. The easy ones are the first few questions, and the complex ones start to appear as you progress with the paper. You need to know the exact location of all the easy questions and solve them before you even dare to look at the complex ones. The first ones are usually MCQ type questions, followed by response type questions, also known as Grid Ins. The first of these Grid Ins can be solved quite easily, so try to do them fast and save as much time as you can for the difficult math problems.

SAT Reading strategy When you start with the Reading test, you will notice that each passage is of a different difficulty level. Each passage comes with logically asked questions as and when information is provided in the given passage in a chronological manner. It is considered to be a mixed bag when it comes to the difficulty level. You can skip the more complicated ones and finish the easy ones first, as is the rule for all other sections. You cannot waste all your allotted time on questions which are excessively complicated. Time management and question selection is key here for your success.

SAT Writing strategy The strategy for the writing test is almost similar to the reading test – a mixed bag difficulty level, with a variety of questions and the requirement for proper time management and question selection. There are a few STEMLESS questions, where an examinee has to choose a sentence or a part of a sentence which suits the question in the best possible way. Sentence addition questions can also be time-consuming for some of the students, as they require extra focus, and may take up some extra time. Save as much time as you can by solving the easy questions first in order to ensure that you have at least some time in hand for the tough ones.

SAT Essay strategy When sitting for the Essay section of the SATs, there are a few things you need to take care of:

  • Make sure to describe how the author is making the point in the essay.
  • Do not use more than two sentences to describe the entire contents of the passage and also explain the inner meaning.
  • Focus on what the author is trying to do or say with the essay, and what effect he or she expects the essay to have on those who read it.
  • Always try to capture the primary details and ideas in the essay to make analysis of the passage a whole lot easier.

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