It’s Preparation Time Juniors: The Scholastic Aptitude Test

It’s Preparation Time Juniors:  The Scholastic Aptitude Test

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The SAT is making its way into the lives of juniors this coming spring. April 15th  is the exact date of the test, which has many of us fretting; we are worried that this test requires much preparation and study time. This assumption, however, is not wrong. A lot of study time is important, which can become difficult if you don’t manage your time properly. This leads into point number two. Good time management is key when determining how much time you should spend studying prior to taking your exam.

There are many questions that are frequently asked which will be brought to you by collegeboard.org:

  • What is the SAT test?

The SAT is a test that examines your skills in math, reading, and writing; all of which are important throughout your life, and especially for college.

  1.       What are the ways to do the best on my test?

The biggest tip that can be given is do not cram, especially right before taking the test. Remember to study hard and often along with doing some writing activities outside of school to help improve your writing abilities.

3. How do they score the SAT?

The college board explains, “Each section of your SAT (critical reading, mathematics and writing) will be scored on a 200- to 800-point scale, for a possible total of 2400. You’ll also get two “subscores” on the writing section: a multiple-choice score from 20 to 80, and an essay score from 2 to 12.”

So, in other terms, you will do your best on the SAT as long as you stay focused and study hard. According to the College Board, the average SAT score for 2013 was 1497 with having a 497 on the critical reading portion, 513 on the mathematics section, and then 487 on the writing part. However, don’t freak too much, because it is possible to retake the test (not saying that as a fail safe so that you won’t still try your hardest when it comes to taking your SAT). The SATs are huge when it comes to college admission because they will look at your scores and some will even weigh that against your submitted GPA (grade point average).

So juniors, we are down to crunch time to study. Form a study group with some friends, stay on task and focused, and you should do well and feel very accomplished by the time you finish your test. We can do this, Class of 2016!

the average SAT score for 2013 was 1497 with having a 497 on the critical reading portion, 513 on the mathematics section, and then 487 on the writing part.”

— College Board