Top tips for success on the SAT and ACT

Jennifer Shinton, Kaplan Test Prep

The SAT and ACT tests are often required for university admissions. It's a requirement for becoming academically eligible to play an NCAA sport. Check out some top tips from Kaplan Test Prep to help you practice and prepare.

Time Management

  • The SAT and ACT are important tests. Allow enough time for your preparation – at least 2-3 months ahead of exam date - and ensure you have a good night’s sleep before test day so you can approach the test feeling well- rested and confident.
  • Plan when to take the SAT/ACT.  

o   There are only six test dates throughout the year for each exam – know these dates and book ahead!

o   Registration deadline for both exams are around a month before test date.

o   Give yourself time to take the exam twice if necessary.

o   Talk with registrar to learn a school’s score submission deadline.

  • Manage your time strategically during the SAT/ACT. These are timed tests! Pacing is important and can make all the difference when it comes to having enough time.

Preparation

  • Practice, practice, practice. The more you practice, the more familiar you will be with the format and style of the questions on the SAT/ACT. Try at least 1 full-length practice test for free as a first step!
  • Have a strategy for each section. This will help you feel confident tackling the test – and will help you not to panic with the harder questions. This is where the benefit of test prep comes in!
  • Success on the SAT means knowing the exam! Understand all sections of the SAT and ACT exams. Many students are stronger in one area than others. Strengthen your areas of weakness by studying and preparing!

Test Tips

  • Answer every question! Now that there is no wrong-answer penalty for the SAT or ACT, it’s best practice to answer every question no matter what.
  • You may use a permitted calculator on the SAT and ACT. Some models and features are prohibited. You are responsible for knowing if your calculator is permitted and bringing it to the test centre.

Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to SAT or ACT success! Good luck!