SAT General Tips Share Space
Our users share their favorite general strategies for the SAT!
This shiny new space has been created as a forum for trading your favorite general SAT tips and strategies with your fellow Khan Academy scholars.
This area is for posting General Tips and Strategies, but there are share spaces for the different sections of the test, too:
Please use the comments feature below to share your general tips for the SAT!
Some ideas to get you started:
- Time management/pacing
- Study planning/preparation
- How to work with test booklet/answer key
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- Should I bubble in each question on the answer sheet after every question or should I do all questions and take time at the end to bubble in all at once? How much time do you need for bubbling all questions in the end?(46 votes)
- I prefer to bubble the question in right away because if time's up and you still haven't put the answers then you will have no answers.(252 votes)
- How to Dissect long passages for main theme and also collect some evidence in short time?(38 votes)
- Reading the first paragraph carefully then just scanning through the rest of the passage and then again reading the concluding lines carefully may help you to get the main theme.Always answer the questions like 'What is the central Idea....' after answering the remaining questions so that you get a clear idea of the entire theme!(173 votes)
- Are there any tips on reading passages from a long time ago, like 1700s-1800s, because they're hard to understand. Also, any tips on answering questions about 2 different passages would be appreciated. Thanks :)(42 votes)
- For reading in general, I think practice makes perfect. Reading books from that era help you get used to the writing style so that's that. Read the little bio about the two passages (often ignored).(91 votes)
- Here's a link to practice tests for Princeton, Kallis, Dr.Chung, Dr.Jang Kaplan, College Board and others.
- Thanks a ton! This is very helpful...Thanks once again!Bless your soul(6 votes)
- how do I read passages that I'm not interested in, sometimes my ADHD kicks in and I get 6-8 wrong that I actually know! I tried many strategy's and I keep running into a brick wall.(26 votes)
- I do not have experience with ADHD but when i reach a difficult or uninteresting passage it helps to take a breather and remind yourself that its just one passage and you can get through it because the test will be over before you know it! Sometimes it helps to read the questions first with those passages because you'll find yourself looking for answers instead of losing focus on general information.(48 votes)
- Any tips to get from a "good" score to a perfect score? I want to figure out how to get every question right(18 votes)
- Depends on what stops you from getting a perfect score , then practicing on that weak skills till you get it right.
Though I'd say that getting a perfect SAT score is not impossible. If you can do your homework , you can get it. Certanly not unrealistic.(31 votes)
- I'm currently a Junior right now. When is the ideal time for me to take my first try of SAT? So nervous.....(21 votes)
- Try not to be nervous, Joanna! It's just a step in your graduation process.
I'm also a Junior and I'll be taking the SAT this March 11 - that will be my first time. I suggest you take it that day, too. Rule of thumb is take the SAT Spring of Junior year; that's why I'd say March.
You can register here (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/online-registration-help)
Lemme know if you need something else!(25 votes)
- Watch the following video : The 17 Essential SAT Math Formulas Explained
Channel : Scalar Learning
I watched his channel and got a 100+ point increase!(30 votes)
- thank you! I've been stuck for a while at my score and I'm hoping this will help!!(1 vote)
- Why are mechanical pencils not allowed? I mean, I'm okay with it, but I'm just wondering why. Is it because people might stuff little sheets of paper with the test answers into the lead tube or something?
Also, is it okay to have pencils with print on them (such as a pencil with polka-dot designs or a "Happy Valentine's Day" message printed across it) or is it required to have standard orange/yellow No. 2 pencils?(14 votes)
- Older scantron machines worked by blasting your paper with light and could only “read” the answer if the light was completely blocked from coming through the paper. Pencil graphite—specifically in weight #2—was great for blocking the light. Lighter weights of graphite and black pen ink didn’t block enough light to be read, and darker graphite smeared really easily, leading to “false positives.” So, you had to use a #2 pencil.(17 votes)
- how I can raise my sat score in minimum time easily.(4 votes)
- That would really depend on what is causing you to get the score you are getting. Let us say that you often do calculation mistakes on math problems then you could easily just practice double checking and boom you will boost your score so much just by doing this one thing. Other things could take more time to improve like vocabulary. Nothing is really all hard. You just need to be patient and efficient.(9 votes)