10 SAT Test-Taking Strategies

The SAT is one of the most important tests for American high schoolers. From study methods to strategies you can use on test day, here are a few tips to help you succeed.

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  1. Learn from your mistakes.
    Take timed mock tests and work on your weak areas.
     

  2. Familiarize yourself with the test sections.
    Know how the test works before you take it.
     

  3. Read the directions carefully.
    If you skim to save time, you may miss something important.
     

  4. Think about what each question is really asking.
    Never assume you know the answer right away.
     

  5. Use your test booklet.
    Cross out answers you know are wrong and do scratch work.
     

  6. Use the process of elimination.
    If you still have to guess, at least you'll have a better chance.
     

  7. Don't overthink.
    Go with your gut instinct unless you're sure you've made a mistake.
     

  8. Plan carefully.
    In the essay section, take about 15 minutes to outline your answer before you start writing.
     

  9. Pay close attention.
    It's easy to mark your answers in the wrong spot on your answer sheet.
     

  10. Manage your time.
    If a question is too hard, skip it. Go back to it later.