Six tips designed to make the SAT less stressful


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The SAT may be stressful, but these tips might help.

Hunter Wheeler, Section Editor

1. Look for wrong answers instead of right answers.
On the SAT, it is almost certain that you will not know every answer to every question and the process of elimination is a good way for you to narrow down your choices and give yourself a better chance of guessing the correct answer.
2. Know your personal order of difficulty.
SAT questions are ordered at random, and are not arranged in order of difficulty, so it is good for you to pick out which questions you know and do them first; because, on the SAT, you are not scored on how many questions you answer, but instead, you are scored on how many questions you answer correctly; it is beneficial to answer the hard ones last.
3. Relax the night before.
It is always good to study before a major test, and hopefully you have been studying for a couple of weeks for the SAT, but you should always try to avoid cramming the night before because it will only cause you to stress out, and you will not be able to concentrate.
4. Memorize Formulas.
Although the math formulas are given to you, it can help you to save time and preserve your momentum if you memorize formulas, because you will not have to flip back and forth looking for the exact formula.
5. Analyze, then write.
When your SAT is being graded, the graders look to see if you fully understood the concept in which you are writing about.  Analyzing what you need to write to help you understand the topic and allows your essay to seem more educated.
6. Get ready the night before.
It always helps to prepare beforehand, so it is good to have all the things needed for test day prepared and ready to go. Make sure to have your Admission ticket, a Photo ID, a calculator and a pencil, ready and waiting for you in the morning. As well as that it is good to bring a snack and a drink for break to keep yourself in peak testing mode.