The SATs play a large role of getting into college, depending on where you’re looking to attend. The SAT essentially tests your skill in all the mandatory classes you’ve taken your 3-4 years of high school.
When I took the test for the first time, it’s appropriate to say I was unprepared. I didn’t know what to expect and I regret not asking more questions before taking it my first time around.
I showed up to the High School and didn’t know what to expect. I walked into my usual world history class and felt the environment of a typical school day as familiar faces walked into the same room they were too assigned. Yet, there was a nervous tension all around.
It was almost comforting knowing I wasn’t the only one not knowing how to feel at the moment. This test did determine where our futures would potentially take us.
Everyone sat silently in their seats with two No.2 pencils, and their test taking approved calculator.
Someone other than my world history teacher passed out the test and answer booklets to each of us students. It felt like I was taking a state standardized test again, there was nothing special about the book.
What followed was a series of script reading and personal information bubble-filling. Finally, us eager students were given the signal to start.
Accordingly I finished each of the sections with the time I had to take them. The time started to shrink as I advanced to each section.
Time goes by fast when you have anywhere from twenty to fifty minutes to answer fifteen to forty questions.
Over the last few years in my school career, I’ve taken many standardized tests.
When taking Keystone tests or PSSAs, they tell you to take your time and if you don’t finish after the time that’s given, you will be given extra. Nevertheless, this did not prepare me for the SAT and it’s something I really struggled with when taking it for the first time.
That said, after I finished the test completely, I realized there were a few other things I wished I would’ve prepared myself more. There’s a list of things I think everyone should know before taking such an important test: