How to study for your standardized test
February 26, 2013
By Madeline Wells
If you are a junior or senior, three little letters hold the power to reduce you to a little bundle of anxiety and cold-blooded fear. Those letters, for many, are SAT or ACT. But have no fear! With these tips, you will be well on your way to rocking that test with as little stress involved as possible.
1) Know the test. Study the format of the test so you are familiar with it and don’t have to waste precious time reading the instructions at the beginning of each section when you actually take it. This will also make it more comfortable for you if you know how it is structured.
2) Set a goal. If you are working toward a particular score, then you can plan your studying around that goal.
3) Take practice tests, as many as you can. These will help you assess what score you would get and how far you have to go to reach your goal. They also help a lot in getting familiar with the test and making it a more comfortable experience.
4) Pinpoint the areas you need work on, and focus on them. Low math scores? Dedicate a larger portion of your time to studying math. Also focus on the areas within math where you need more help.
5) Look into your different options: Hire an SAT tutor? Buy a book? Take a class? Download SAT apps? There are tons of options out there for study tools for standardized tests.