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Was it the HARDEST SAT ever?!

It’s not possible to predict how hard the SAT will be based on a specific month. Some tests are easier than others. If you take the test on an “easier day” it may seem easier, but this won’t have an impact on your score. The reason is that equating ensures everyone gets a fair score no matter when they took the test or what test they took.

I agree that there is no way to predict how hard the SAT is going to be based on a specific month. But there is some truth to the rumor that some tests are easier than others. There are a number of SAT test variations (SAT I and SAT II tests) and some are actually easier than others.  SAT Scores: How to get a perfect 1600

The rumor that some tests are easier than others is true. There are a number of SAT test variations and some are actually easier than others. This means that, in some instances, taking the test on a particular day could be easier than taking it on a different day. However, it’s important to note that taking the test on a so-called “easier day” doesn’t make any difference in your final score. The reason is that the SAT uses a scoring method called “equating” to score all the tests. 


Although there are many ways to prepare for the exam, College Board, the organization that came up with the test, thinks these are the top five: start early, use Official test Practice on Khan Academy® for free, and take at least one full-length practice test, pay attention in your high school classes, and be aware of what to expect on test day. Why are these tried-and-true techniques even more effective? They are unpaid!

The advice provided below will help you understand exam ideas and get the confidence you need to succeed.


Begin Early

Although it would be wonderful to have unlimited time to study for an exam, high school students do not have that opportunity. It’s crucial to determine where your test fits into your schedule because your junior and senior years are jam-packed with significant activities. Select an exam date that is at least 2-3 months out so that you have time to study. Starting early allows you to estimate how much study time you’ll need each week and prevents you from cramming. 


It should come as no surprise that studying is one of the greatest methods to get ready for the SAT. We advise using the official materials produced by the SAT’s developers. A new and enhanced method of exam test preparation that is personalized for you and completely free has been developed by College Board in collaboration with Khan Academy. The most thorough and official exam study tool available is called Official Exam Practice. We advise you to devote 6 to 20 hours to your first exam preparation. To take at least one full-length practice test, make sure you allot adequate time (4 hours, if possible). 

Take a comprehensive practice exam.
One of the best methods to get ready for the SAT is to take a full-length practice test, and College Board offers a number of full-length sample exams on Official exam Practice for free. You can get a good idea of your SAT score by taking a practice test with scheduling guidelines similar to those you’ll face on test day. According to our research, your performance on an official, full-length practice exam that you take after studying and a few weeks before your test date is a good indicator of how well you’ll perform on the real test. 

We advise treating each comprehensive practice test you take as though it were the actual thing. Start on a Saturday at 8 a.m., stick to the section timing instructions, only take breaks when they are indicated on the test, and put your phone away. Taking a practice exam increases your SAT test-taking confidence because it simulates the exam experience, in addition to highlighting your weak areas. Before you take the actual exam, it’s crucial to be familiar with the test’s layout, the speed at which questions are answered, and how you’ll feel at 8 a.m. on a Saturday. Access the Official exam Practice by clicking here.

In class, pay attention.
It was changed in 2016 to be more closely related to what you are studying in class. This means that paying attention in class and to your teachers is much more crucial. You’ll have completed three and a half years of demanding coursework by the spring of your junior year, which will prepare you well for the test. We advise reading through our “Inside the Test” webpage to make sure you’re focusing on the proper subjects if there are any topics you feel require a review.


Learn what to anticipate on exam day.
It’s important to be prepared on test day. We are aware that taking a test this significant can be scary, so we strongly advise familiarizing yourself with the testing environment beforehand. It’s crucial to prepare oneself to be on time and well-rested for the test in addition to taking a full-length practice test to have a sense of the format and pace. Make sure you know where your testing location is and have a plan for how you will get there. It frequently isn’t at your high school. This reduces stress on test day because all you have to do is get up, have breakfast, and travel to the testing location.


Although it’s crucial to study, we firmly advise against cramming the day or night before your SAT. Instead, take some time to unwind the night before your exam. Lay out your clothes, assemble what you need to bring, set an alarm for the next morning, and then just relax and go to sleep early. It will help you feel more confident and energized the next morning when you walk into the testing facility if you take the night before the test to mentally and physically prepare yourself.