Right Vs. Wrong: Which Strategy Is Better For The SAT/ACT?

The SAT/ACT is different from any other test you’ll take in high school.

Myth: the SAT/ACT is a measurement of your math and reading/grammar skills.

False. Understanding how the test is made is more important than knowing the subject matter.

For most multiple choice tests it’s smarter to look for the correct answer, but with the SAT/ACT it’s just the opposite: identify the wrong answers and eliminate them immediately.

Our tutors will teach you how to identify the types of questions on the test so you can get rid of 2 wrong answers which doubles your probability of getting the right answer.

Imagine your odds on each question improving from 25% to 50%!

The elimination strategy is key to finishing each section with enough time to both skip difficult sections then go back plus re-check your work.

In fact the practicality of this strategy can also be applied to other subjects. Instead of choosing the right answer, narrow down your selections by taking out wrong ones first.

Rarely does any student know every answer on the test, but there’s no reason why you can’t learn how to eliminate half of the wrong answers from each question in seconds.

The SAT/ACT is really a numbers game (not only the math parts). Every student can improve their score with the elimination strategy.

Contact us and we’ll teach you how!

The Optimal Time To Take The SAT/ACT

Conventional wisdom says Spring of your Junior year, then Fall of your Senior year if you haven’t achieved the score you desire yet.

But the problem with that generic reply is it doesn’t take into consideration your overall schedule.

The more competitive academically a student is Spring may overlap with Finals and AP Exams.

If you’re a student athlete games and playoffs factor into your busyness.

You could go on and on with scheduling challenges, but for future college students it comes down to identifying the optimal time to focus on SAT/ACT prep.

Most high school students are procrastinators, so parents you may have to help them strategize on long-term planning.

We recommend starting to prepare 1 – 3 months before the test date so pick the time then work backwards.

Studying during winter or summer break isn’t favorable, but if it allows for the most prep to be done then this might be your smartest choice.

In the big picture you want to take your best shot so making a sacrifice once for an opportunity that only comes along once in a lifetime is worth it.

The best way for students to stay motivated is focus on what score it takes to be accepted to your dream school and provide accountability for doing the work.

We can help you with the latter either through group courses or individual tutoring.

Here’s the best place to start.

Battling Test Anxiety: Watch The Clock

One of the most overlooked strategies to beating the SAT/ACT is pacing.

For example the ACT moves faster than the SAT, yet what really matters is knowing how much time to allow for each section prior to test day.

Most students tend to favor the Math or English section over the other so factor in completing the easier problems first then leave extra time to re-check your answers.

Since there isn’t any penalty for guessing incorrectly, there’s no reason to leave any answers blank.

You also don’t need to go chronologically in order especially if you can instantly identify what type of problem you’re solving.

The reality is: when are you ever going to take a 4-hour test in your high school career?

If you don’t take practice tests¬†as part of your preparation to build your endurance, mentally you’ll fold on test day.

Most of the time anxiety stems from the unknown, so that’s why our tutors help demystify the test so you know what to expect.

Being prepared is the best strategy you can have to achieve an optimal score and time management can be the foundation on which to build on.