How to Prepare for the SAT or ACT

How to Prepare for the SAT or ACT

18 February, 2021

By Casey Loalbo

1. First things first—determine which test is best for you.  The best way to do this is to take a practice SAT and a practice ACT.  Once you’ve experienced taking both tests and once you’ve received your score reports, you’ll have a good idea of which test is best for you.  Noodle Pros offers proctored practice tests. Click here to learn more.

2. Now, it’s time to register for the SAT or ACT.  You can register for the SAT here and the ACT here.  When choosing a date, be sure to give yourself enough time to prepare.

3. Familiarize yourself with the look, feel, and format of the test you will be taking.  The SAT has 4 sections—Reading, Writing, Math with a calculator and Math without a calculator.  The ACT has English, Reading, Math and Writing as well as an optional writing test.

4. Set a goal score.  Your practice test results will give you a baseline score.  From here, you’ll set a goal score (make sure it’s realistic given the time you have to prepare).

5. Once you’ve chosen a date to take the test and set a goal score, it’s a good idea to develop and study schedule or “prep plan.”  Depending on your score goal, you may decide that you need to study for 40 hours before the test.  If you have 10 weeks until the test, you’ll want to dedicate 4 hours per week to studying.

6. Finally, you’ll need to pinpoint exactly how you will study and prepare for the test.  For some students, self-studying works well, but many students need a bit more structure.  One-on-one tutoring is the best way to optimize your preparation and achieve your potential on the SAT or ACT.  Noodle Pros tutors are experts in both the ACT and SAT and are here to help you reach your goals! Connect me with a Noodle Pros tutor!

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