Taking the August SAT? Here’s How to Prep
Test Prep Tips and Resources For Students Planning to Take the SAT in August
The registration deadline for the August SAT is fast approaching (July 28 and August 8 with late fee), so if you plan on taking the exam later this summer it’s time to get serious about your test prep. There are a number of resources that you can utilize this summer in order to prepare for the August SAT.
At IvyWise, we advise students to only take the SAT or ACT when they are fully prepared. For many students who plan to apply to college this fall – either early action or early decision or in the regular round – the August SAT is the perfect opportunity to finish up testing before the bulk of the application process starts and the school year is in full swing. It’s also another opportunity for students who received their SAT scores earlier this month to continue their test prep in order to reach their goal score.
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Here are some SAT prep tips and resources to help college-bound students prepare for the August SAT.
Understand the SAT’s Content and Structure
Hopefully, before you decided to take the SAT, you took a diagnostic and determined that the SAT was the best-fit college entrance exam for your strengths and abilities. At IvyWise we advise students to have a full understanding of both the SAT and ACT before beginning test prep and to take a full-length diagnostic exam for each in order to choose the right test to prepare for.
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For those who have previously taken the SAT and wish to improve upon their score – or those who are taking it for the first time – a deeper understanding of the SAT’s content, test questions, and structure is another way to better prepare yourself for the exam – especially if there are specific sections or question-types you need to improve upon before sitting for the August SAT or later test dates.
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Take a Practice Exam
The best way to evaluate where you are in your test prep is to take a full-length practice test under timed conditions. This not only simulates the test-day conditions – giving you an accurate idea of the timing and pacing of each section – but it will also help you become more familiar with the formatting of the content, questions, and more.
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Before taking the August SAT, make sure to take one or more practice tests in order to practice your pacing and get to know the test inside and out.
Understand Your Strengths and Weaknesses
After each full-length practice test, evaluate the results so that you can understand which sections and questions you performed well on and which you need to improve upon.
At IvyWise our expert tutors evaluate each practice test our students take in order to develop a customized test prep plan, track their progress, and adjust their test prep curriculum accordingly. Understanding your practice test results is critical in order to know what areas need more attention.
This is also where understanding your SAT score report is important, as you can also use your Score Report to evaluate your performance and develop a test prep plan based on your most recent results.
Using your current score report as a baseline can help you better prepare for your next SAT – especially if you plan to take it in August.
The August SAT date will be here before you know it, so make sure you’re taking advantage of the time you have left to practice, evaluate your performance, and adjust your test prep strategy accordingly. If you need additional help preparing for the August SAT – or later SAT or ACT administrations – contact us today for more information on our test prep services and our team of expert tutors.
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