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Any last-minute SAT tips or 'hacks' for boosting my score?

I know 'hacks' might not be the best word here, but I've been studying for the SAT like crazy and my test date is looming. I've covered most of the content but wondering if anyone has any lesser-known tips or strategies that could give me a slight edge on test day?

7 months ago

Absolutely, preparing for the SAT can be a little overwhelming, but there are definitely some strategies you can employ to help improve your performance.

First and foremost, ensure you're well-rested the night before the test. A clear and alert mind is crucial for problem-solving and critical thinking questions. Also, have a hearty breakfast that'll keep you energized through the duration of the exam.

On the test itself, if you're stuck on a question, it's often better to skip it and return to it later if you have time rather than wasting precious minutes. For the reading section, I suggest that some students try reading the questions first before diving into the passage; it can sometimes help you know what to look for when you're reading.

As for math, ensure you're comfortable with your calculator and its functions ahead of time; this can save you time during the test.

Lastly, don't underestimate the power of educated guessing. If you can eliminate even one wrong answer, it's statistically advantageous to guess rather than leaving a question blank. Remember, you're not penalized for wrong answers, so make sure to answer every question, even if it's a guess. Take deep breaths, keep a steady pace, and believe in the preparation you've done. Good luck!

7 months ago

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