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Sitting for SAT
The day dawns and you know it’s a day of distress.
If you have to get admission into any college in the United States of America, you have to sit for this test. Granted, you feel nervous and worried whether you’ll make it, but giving way to panic is the last thing you want to do. Here are a few tips to make it through that day – and make it through well!
Get lots of sleep…that’s right. You need to stay calm and you need to be in the peak of health so you need the sleep. Dress well, with cool clothes over which you should wear something warm in case it is freezing. You need to feel comfortable and you just can’t predict how it’s going to be!
Get to the SAT center well before time so you’re not rushing around at the last minute. Go a couple of days early and check out the place in case it is in unfamiliar territory. Check your bag before you leave home to make sure you have taken everything you need. Be sure to check if your photo ID, admission ticket, pencils, etc are packed. Then take a deeeeeep breath and walk into that center, confident that you are going to do your best!
When you are answering questions in the comprehension section, make sure that your answers are reasonable. Don’t answer a question that gives your opinion or your perception because no one will probably be interested. Follow a chronological order and don’t flit from one point to another.
Especially in long answers, see that there is a logical flow and that it is not too rambling and general. You have to strike a balance between being too specific and being vague.
Try not to answer in absolutes as very often you’ll find that the answers are wrong. Also, be very careful about numbers and causal relationships. Read through your answers to make sure they ring true. Don’t ever force an answer. Look at another answer or try looking at it from another angle.
If you are asked an opinion about the author of the text, do keep in mind that a lot of thought has gone into the topic by people who are serious about their work so do not be dismissive and brush them off with derogatory descriptions. Try to get a fix on what the author’s viewpoint or position is, and you will find it easier to find the answers.