SAT Do’s and Don’ts

Imahn McAlister, Staff Writer

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use process of elimination

Get rid of as many wrong answers as you can. Wrong answers are easier to find.

Don’t rush

Even though your on a timer, take your time. It’s better to have right answers with a few blanks than to complete the test and have a lot of wrong answers.

Do write in the test booklet

Writing on the test has proven to help some people. Mark out wrong answers, write down the equations, or underline sentences. No one is going to read what you write in the test booklet, so use it to your advantage.

Don’t psych yourself out

I know that the SAT can be quite daunting, but it’s not as bad as you think. Just take a deep breath and focus.

Do cross check your ovals

If you have time at the end of a section, cross-check your test-booklet answers with your Scantron ovals. Make sure you didn’t miss a question.

Don’t not give your opinion on an essay

Even though the SAT essay is now optional, you’ll still probably need to take it. But it isn’t like the essays of the past. The redesigned SAT essay asks you to read an argument and critique it. You are no longer asked to give your opinion; rather, you need to tear someone else’s opinion apart. If you spend your 50 minutes writing a persuasive essay, you’re going to bomb it.

Do know your personal order of difficulty

You’re scored on how many questions you answer correctly. So slow down on the questions you personally find easy or at a medium difficulty so you can pick up the most points. Just make sure you guess on the rest.

Don’t second guess yourself

Trust your gut. Statistics prove that your first answer choice is usually correct. Do not go back through the test and change your answers unless you’ve found evidence that you are absolutely incorrect.