Here are five easy tips to improve your SAT score:
- Avoid Careless Errors — Read every word in the question and answer choices, don’t get stuck on a question, and use your calculator (even for the easy questions). Make sure to turn the last page of every section — especially at the end of the test when you’re tired.
- Sit in the front row if you’re allowed to choose your own seat. This will minimize distractions.
- Keep your own time during the test. Don’t rely on the proctors. Bring an analog watch. You can’t use a phone or a watch that beeps. I had one really bad SAT experience where the proctor botched the time and the 5-minute warnings on nearly every section.
- Bring the right snacks. The test is only 4 hours, but it will be a good six hours from the time you have breakfast until you’ll be free for lunch. Plan to use the 3 five-minute breaks wisely. My favorite snacks were apple (fills the belly), super dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher), water, and Listerine strips.
- Make sure you are at a test center that administers the SAT in classrooms, versus gyms and cafeterias, which are noisy and distracting.