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SAT and ACT scores are very important in the college admission process. But, while students are taking these tests which will help determine their futures, they are also keeping up their grades, staying involved with activities, trying to enjoy their senior year, and doing all the other things required to apply to colleges.

How can a student do their best? Here are a few simple tips for acing the SAT or ACT tests.

Always prepare

  • These tests are not like your other high school tests. They are longer and you will be in unfamiliar surroundings with people you do not know. It could be a good idea to sit in a library or other large hall and try to study. Also, try to sit and work for a few hours in a row. All this will help you practice for the environment these test are offered in.
  • Pack your pencils, calculator, and snacks the night before.
  • Also lay out comfortable clothes.
  • Then get to bed and rest.
  • Finally, be on time. If you are late, it will throw you.

Use strategies

  • Perhaps you have taken SAT and ACT practice tests or had tutoring in taking the tests. Go over the strategies in your mind and use them during testing. Two strategies for everyone are:
  • Don’t rush but also do not linger too long on one question. Use the clock or your own watch to keep track of the time you are spending on any one section.
  • Also save the harder or longer sections (such as questions with lots of reading) until last. Make sure to get done what you know and use only left over time for the questions that stall you.

Make sure you are in the right frame of mind

  • First, stick to your regular routine. Have a normal breakfast, don’t drink too much coffee. Wear clothes that are comfortable and don’t “dress up.” Take roads you are familiar with to get to your exam.
  • Remember, this is an important test but if you don’t do well today, it is not the end of the world. Keep in mind you can always retake the text.

Good luck with your SATs or your ACTs. Believe in yourself, remember there is no way to cram for these tests, and let your schooling and your good sense get you through.