Top 10 Tips to Prepare for SAT Test Day
As you already know, the SAT is not your average high school test. Never have you been so prepped and prepared to the point of exhaustion for a test. The hard part is over and now it’s time to take the test. But what should you do before you take the SAT? The following tips will help get you ready for the big day so you can start SAT test day on the right foot.
THE DAY BEFORE:
- Give yourself a break. Take your foot off of the testing accelerator and slow down. Take some time to relax and do something fun. Maybe a movie with friends or dinner out with family. Sometimes getting your mind off the test is the best preparation.
- Prepare your supplies the night before to avoid unnecessary stress the morning of the test. You don’t want to be frantically searching for something as you rush out the door.
- Plan ahead – know the directions to and how long it will take you to get to your test center.
- Rest up! Getting a good night’s sleep the night before the test will help you MUCH more than any last-minute cramming you might be tempted to do.
- Set two alarms. Consider setting one in your room and one in someone else’s room. One should be battery-powered, just in case the electricity goes out.
THE MORNING OF:
- Plan to dress comfortably and in layers. You never know if the test center will be hot or cold.
- You’ll need energy to make it through the marathon that is the SAT so eat breakfast. You might not feel hungry, but you’ll be at the test center for hours and you’re going to need the energy.
- Remember to refuel and rehydrate. Bring snacks to eat during the breaks. A healthy snack will go a long way toward keeping you focused throughout the entire test.
- Get there early. Consider traffic, weather conditions, flat tires, and anything else that could slow you down.
- Get rid of distractions. Leave your cell phone at home or in the car. You’ll survive without it for a few hours…we promise. If you are seen using a cell phone or any other prohibited electronic device while in the test center or if the device makes noise or vibrates, you may be dismissed immediately and your scores may be canceled.