So you want to study in the USA? Great! The USA tertiary education system is a unique place, offering students a diverse range of universities, over 23 sports to play, and an unparalleled level of flexibility when choosing your degree. It really is the best place to further your studies!
Before you get too excited, there is one important hurdle you have to navigate in order to become a USA college student; The SAT. If you are asking yourself “What is the SAT?”. Simply put, it is a standardised exam that tests if you are academically capable of performing at a USA university level. All students, including Americans, are required to take it. This exam requires practice and preparation! Students need to spend hours preparing and taking practice exams before attempting the test. Below we have put together a list of tips that you can follow when preparing for the exam.
Take The SAT Diagnostic Test
The SAT Diagnostic Test is an evaluation quiz which is taken online that assess how well you know each section. This Diagnostic Test is vital to your success on the real exam because knowing your weaknesses will help you to identify where you need to spend the most time preparing for the actual exam.
Did we mention that you need to study? The SAT is designed to American Standards and USA students have spent their entire high school career preparing and taking standardised exams like the SAT. Unlike Americans, international students need to spend as much time as possible catching up, so take advantage of this opportunity and prepare well! it will change your life!
Don’t Confuse The SAT With The ACT
There is an alternative to the SAT test, known as the ACT. Both tests are college admissions tests and even sound similar, but they are completely different! If you study for one but take the other, there’s a high chance you will not obtain the score you are aiming for. The main difference between these exams is that the ACT has a science section while the SAT does not. Before booking either test, make sure to do your research before deciding which is the right one for you.
Book For The SAT In Advance
Booking for the SAT should not be done last minute as there are registration deadlines. You may be able to get onto the waiting list after the cutoff date but you do not what to be in that situation. Once you have booked a date to take the test, set a reminder in your phone and schedule times every day where you will dedication two hours to prepare. Note: If you miss the test for whatever reason, you will not be reimbursed. Being punctual in all aspects of life is important, this is no exception!
Take A Practice Test
If you’re thinking you can just study the night before, you are setting yourself up for failure! Studying months in advance while taking practices test to assess your improvement is vitally important! The great thing about taking practice tests is that there are many tools online that provide students with free practice tests with answers and explanations.
SAT Preparation Apps
A mobile app will definitely not substitute real studying, but it can be a great tool when you’re on the go. Both the Apple and Android stores have many different apps that will help you prepare for the exam. We recommend doing a little research and find an app that works for you and use technology to your advantage.
There’s only one way to ensure you won’t bomb the SAT, and that is preparation. Do your research on the different exams, allow yourself time to study, book the test in advance, and lastly, practice practice practice. At the end of the day, you are the only one who can prepare for this exam. So sit down, take a deep breath and get ready to explore the world and gain admission into the university of your dreams. You’ve got this!
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