Taking SATs is an important step for teenage students who want to attend college. It can help them prepare for college-level courses in reading, writing and math.  Whether it is preparing for the SATs or taking them during testing day, the students might grow nervous about it.  Of course, the students can still work hard to do well before applying to college.  It just takes preparation and relaxation.

A helpful tip to do well for any SAT includes practicing enough so the teens won’t experience much anxiety.  They should also eat a good breakfast and use time wisely during the test.  They shouldn’t have to cram, like waiting until the night before they test to study, since they won’t think well doing so.  Getting things like a good pencil or two, a calculator, and an ID is another right step to get started on the SAT.  Here are some tips that will help boost those SAT scores.


To understand what an actual SAT is like, consider taking a preliminary SAT (PSAT for short).  Many students take PSATs so they can identify their strengths and weaknesses in math, reading, or writing.  Especially after discovering your PSAT scores are not as good you expected, consider practicing.  Talk to your high school counselor to arrange tutoring or ordering practice SAT books.  

*Register Early

It is a good idea that you register to take an SAT as early as possible.  This will ensure time to send scores to colleges you wish to attend.  Even if you are asked to retake an SAT, you can still have plenty of time to improve your test results.  For best results, take an SAT during your sophomore or junior year of high school.

*Find the Test Site Ahead of Time

When you receive your SAT admission ticket, look for the location of the test-taking site.  The site could be at your own high school or a nearby college.  Understanding where you will take your test can boost preparation time for that day.

*Have Test Material Ready

Make sure you have all materials needed to take the SAT.  SATs require test takers to use pencils; bring at least two pencils that are sharpened, have erasers, and in a good condition.  A calculator is useful for math problems, and you must represent your admission ticket and a valid identification card (driver’s license, school ID, etc.) at the test site. 

*Get a Good Night’s Rest

Get a good night’s sleep before the test day.  It will make you stay energetic when you take the test.  Avoid cramming late at night thumbing through practice SAT books and studying.  

*Eat a Good Breakfast

A good, healthy breakfast also gives you plenty of energy for your test.  Breakfast is always the most important meal any day; it is the type of meal that feeds you energy necessary for the rest of the day.  A nourishing breakfast should consist of vitamins without too much sugar; one example may be oatmeal with raisins, whole wheat toast, and orange juice.   

*Use Time Wisely

As you are taking the SAT, follow all directions given from your teacher and the book.  Read the test instructions and answer the questions carefully.  Avoid attempting to skip ahead to a next section.  If there is extra time remaining, use it to double check your answers.

If you practice with all your might and stay calm for the SAT, you can do well.  Do not get discouraged about your SAT scores that may look dismal to you.  Just practice some more and retest, and stay assured that you will succeed for your college goals.