The SAT and ACT are two of the biggest exams a student will take. The importance of these exams can create a lot of stress for students, knowing the weight that these will play in their future. Currently, 25 states require students to take either the SAT or ACT, and 12 states use them for federal accountability. As a recent college graduate, I remember these nerve-wracking exams all too well.
The pressure of having to score well on these exams in order to receive top-notch college acceptance letters can be overwhelming. I took the grueling four-hour long SAT exam twice. The first time was to get an understanding of the testing process, and become familiar with an extensive exam period. It is a very intimidating process.
After taking the exam for the first time, I had a better understanding of what to expect. I went into the SAT for a second time two weeks later. My scores the second time around were over one hundred points higher than they were the first time.
I didn’t study any additional material, nor did I do anything differently. So where did these extra points come from?
Practice. By becoming accustomed to the testing format and going into the room with knowledge of what to expect, I felt more confident and prepared when it came to the second SAT exam. Because of this, I scored significantly higher on my second exam.
SAT and ACT practice tests are imperative for students to take. Not only do the practice tests allow students to become familiar with the question styles and formatting, but they also help boost confidence and feelings of preparedness.
Schools can offer practice tests for students on the weekends to give them the same potential for preparation, and therefore success. SAT and ACT workshops can also be extremely beneficial for students. The essential element is to allow students to familiarize themselves with the testing format and manually bubble in their test answers during an extended period of time.
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