Many students report
that they feel pressed for time during the SAT and that they are often forced
to guess or skip the last few questions of each section due to lack of time.
Every second counts on the SAT exam - 30 extra seconds could mean the
opportunity to add valuable points to your SAT score.
One way that students
can easily add extra time to their SAT exam is by reading and familiarizing
themselves with each section’s instructions before the test.
Because SAT section order and instructions do not change from test to test or
year to year, it is possible to look at a previous exam and become familiar
with the instructions as well as the time limits. By doing this students can
save themselves several minutes that they may have spent reading the directions
and becoming acquainted with the expectations of each section.
One example of
something that can be memorized is protocol for filling in the free-response
math problems. It can be confusing to try to determine how to enter fractions,
where to place the decimal point, and what to do if there is more than one
correct answer. Students who become familiar with how to fill in this section
ahead of time will prevent themselves from wasting time doing so during the
timed exam sections.
Another thing that
students can become familiar with is the formulas that are given in the math
sections. Students who spend time flipping back and forth to see whether or not
a needed formula is provided may find themselves at a loss for time at the end
of the exam. On the other hand, students may spend unnecessary time trying to
recall and recite a formula that was simply given to them a few pages prior.
Familiarizing oneself with these simple tools will find that they have a few
extra minutes to devote to working out the actual exam problems.
It is always important
to review the directions to ensure they are what you expect, but taking the
time before the exam to memorize the common instructions will add valuable time
to each section of the SAT exam.
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