- Gather all your completed SAT Practice Tests into ONE pile.
- Review a completed test every evening before the Night Before the SAT Test.
- Look-up any difficult vocabulary.
- Note how you used POE (Process of Elimination) to get the right answers.
- Analyze your wrong answers, and adjust your POE.
- Don't cram for the SAT!
- Follow you normal Friday Night Homework routine.
- Go to bed early.
Day of the Test:
- Wake up fifteen minutes early to focus your thoughts.
- Eat breakfast
- Bring Student ID
- Bring pencils, calculators, ear plugs, water, energy bar, etc.
- Arrive early--use the spare time to encourage yourself and your friends to do your best.
During the Test
- Stand up and stretch!
- Read the Prompt
- Read the Quote
- Read the Prompt again.
- Think for 1 minute (don't write).
- Brainstorm. Focus, focus, focus your examples. Organize. (2 minutes)
- Write (20 min)
- Intro Paragraph:
- Thesis plus preview of your examples
- 3 body paragraphs. Topic sentence plus 3-4 sentences of concrete detail.
- Transition between paragraphs.
- Fix errors and upgrade vocabulary (2 min).
- The Fist of No Error (see sidebar)
- POE (process of elimination)
- Avoid answers that are too extreme (narrow, general, always/never, etc)
- Read the blurb (who? what? where? when?)
- Skim & underline for information (Proper Nouns, Unusual Punctuation, Lists)
- Mark-up the passage as per the Questions (Beware of stealth EXCEPT and Inference Questions)
- Read the passage critically (why? how?)
- Answer the questions via POE
After the Test
- Don't just go home--celebrate!
- You spent a lot of time (and money) preparing for the SAT.
- Go out to a good lunch with your friends/family to debrief.
- Go on to your next task!