I showed up to the High School and didn’t know what to expect. I walked into my usual world history class and felt the environment of a typical school day as familiar faces walked into the same room they were too assigned. Yet, there was a nervous tension all around. It was almost comforting knowing I wasn’t the only one not knowing how to feel at the moment, for this test did determine where our futures would potentially take us. Everyone sat silently in their seats with two No.2 pencils, and their test taking approved calculator. Someone other than my world history teacher passed out the test and answer booklets to each of us students. It felt like I was taking a state standardized test again, there was nothing special about the book. What followed was a series of script reading and personal information bubble-filling. Finally, us eager students were given the signal to start.
Accordingly I finished each of the sections with the time I had to take them. Time started to shrink as I advanced to each section. Time goes by fast when you have anywhere from twenty to fifty minutes to answer fifteen to forty questions. Over the last few years of my school career, I’ve taken many standardized tests. When taking Keystone tests or PSSAs, they tell you to take your time and if you don’t finish after the time that’s given, you will be given extra. Nevertheless, this did not prepare me for the SAT and it’s something I really struggled with when taking it for the first time. That said, after I finished the test completely, I realized there were a few other things I wished I would’ve prepared myself more. There’s a list of things I think everyone should know before taking such an important test:
Time is very limited, prepare yourself to answer questions under two minutes each-you DO NOT get extra time if you don’t finish a section.
Revisit Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry curriculum from previous high school math classes.
Sign up early to give yourself more time to prepare for the test.
Attempt to sign up for the test at a location you are familiar with, like your own high school or a local location. Being comfortable while taking any test is important.
Purchase the official SAT study guide book. If you cannot buy one, ask someone in your guidance office or any teachers to borrow one.
Practice the questions you struggle with the most. For instance, you never know what level of math questions you will receive.