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SAT – tips and strategies

Scholastic Assessment Test or popularly known as SAT is a standardized exam that evaluates the mathematical, writing and reading prowess of a candidate. It is required by all applicants who are willing to take admission in the colleges and universities, particularly those based in the US and Canada. The tests measure the same level of skills and knowledge across different grade levels, hence making it easier for the universities and colleges to monitor the progress of the students.

The SAT is scored out of 1600, i.e 800 for each of your two section scores. One section score is Math, while the other is a combined Reading and Writing score called Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW). 

Pacing for SAT can be really challenging. Whether you’ve been studying for months and are just looking for a few new suggestions to help you earn more points, read the below tips and strategies by the expert faculties at Trans Globe that are sure to help you achieve your desired scores:

SAT TIP #1: DO NOT SPEND MUCH TIME ON READING THE PASSAGE

The SAT Reading Test is generally around 65 minutes and contains 5 passages. Try and allocate equal time for each passage. You must learn the art of skimming and scamming through the passages to get the main idea and move onto answering the questions.

SAT TIP #2: REORDER THE PASSAGES AND ATTEMPT THE EASIER ONCE FIRST

On the SAT Reading section you will encounter 5 passages based on  World Literature, History and Social Studies, and Science. There is no thumb rule that says you must complete the passages in the order that they are presented to you. It’ll take some practice for you to figure out the best order based on subject and skimming for complex language. Try and get done with the passage type that is easiest for you.

SAT TIP #3 FOCUS ON THE GRAMMAR

The SAT Writing section has a specific standardized approach to grammar and takes a big portion of the writing section. Sometimes what looks right to you may not be correct. Brush up your grammar skills before you appear for the test. 

SAT TIP #4 BE CAREFUL WHILE ANSWERING RHETORICAL QUESTIONS

Unlike grammar questions, which only require reading through a couple of sentences at most to answer correctly, rhetoric questions can be a bit challenging. It is always better to focus on the whole passage rather than reading through the specific sentence. Instead it is better to skim through the entire passage.

SAT TIP #5 MEMORIZE THE FORMULAS AND KEY FACTS

Although the SAT exam provides you with the formulas, it is always good to memorize them beforehand. This way you can solve questions more quickly and efficiently. Some key facts that the experts at Trans Globe coaching centre recommend is memorizing cubes of numbers and common squares.

SAT TIP #6 UNDERLINE KEY PARTS OF THE QUESTIONS

You should use this tip on the math section if you’ve been missing questions by accidentally solving for the wrong value. Underline what EXACTLY you need to find in the question so you don’t get confused during the calculation process.Many students tend to accidentally pick the trick answer choice because they lose track of the value that they were originally supposed to find. So using this tip can help you answer correctly.

Above all, keep a cool head on the test. If you see a question you don’t understand, don’t let it scare you. Keep going and give your best. For more such strategies and training, get in touch with the expert faculties at Trans Globe. The coaching centre at Trans Globe is equipped with plenty of resources to help you score better under the guidance of our teaching faculty who holds years of experience. Simply call us on +91 90993 63309 to start with your SAT exam preparation now!

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