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The SATs: What to Expect and How to Prepare

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If you're a Junior or Senior in high school, you either will take or have taken those dreaded tests that help determine an important part of your future: going to college. What is this test that has everyone stressing out? It is the SAT.

SAT is an acronym that stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test. These tests are administered usually to Juniors or Seniors in high school. Most students take the test twice; first in the spring of Junior year and the second time in the fall of their Senior year.

Taking the test is the first step in finding the right college for you and helps colleges to see how prepared you are to enter into that next level of education.

So how are you supposed to prepare for this important exam? Cram the night before? Get a lot of rest? Do a work out the day before? Well, I have some helpful tips to help you get ready.

When it comes to studying, the sooner you start the better. There are plenty of study guides, test strategies, and practice tests out there to start with. Something else your school may offer is the PSAT, which stands for Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test. This test is very similar to the actual SAT and prepares students to achieve their goals.

Another part in preparing to get ready to take the SAT is taking care of your body. Not only should you get plenty of rest the night before the test, you should also get a considerable amount of sleep two nights before the test. Believe it or not, a small workout (nothing that will leave you unable to walk down the stairs the next morning) will help your body to wake up the night before your exam. The last thing to do is have everything ready prior to going to sleep to prevent from having a hectic morning. A short list of these things include:

Sharpened No. 2 pencils (not mechanical)
A calculator
Snacks and water (for the break)
Your admission ticket

The morning of, make sure to eat breakfast as well. Eating dark chocolate is a small thing to help kick start your brain and relieve stress.

The last thing to do is to have confidence. One thing a lot of people forget is that they are worth more than this test score. No standardized test can measure your worth. So go in that testing room with confidence that you?ll do great! If you don't like how you performed, you can take the test as many times as you want. They take your best score of each section out of all the tests you take.

The SATs are administered by an organization called College Board. You can go online to register and find out more about the SATs at www.collegeboard.com. Good luck!

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