Dostanie się na wymarzone studia może być stresujące, a dla wielu uczniów, najtrudnieszą częścią tego procesu jest zdanie egzaminów SAT lub ACT.   Te półdniowe sprawdziany, zazwyczaj zdawane w pierwszych latach szkoły średniej, często spełniają nietypową rolę w procesie rekrutacji.
Dobrą wiadomością jest, że już zacząłeś się przygotowywać!  W dużej mierze SAT i ACT są egzaminami z tego, czego nauczyłeś się w liceum. Najlepszym sposobem, aby się do nich przygotować jest uczęszczanie na wymagające zajęcia oraz ciężka praca nad tym, aby je zrozumieć.  Więc zapytaj o te pytania z geometrii, ponownie przejrzyj tę kartkę z języka angielskiego oraz zarejestruj się na zajęcia z historii (na poziomie uniwersyteckim), nawet jeżeli wygląda to na mnóstwo pracy.  Potraktowanie twoich studiów poważniej, czyli więcej niż nauczenie się trików i sztuczek potrzebnych do zdania tych testów, upewnią cię w tym, że jesteś gotowy na sukces przy zdawaniu SAT i ACT
’ Bądźmy szczerzy- możesz nauczyć się do SAT i ACT i poprawić swój wynik. Jest kilka ważnych kroków w procesie przygotowywania:

1. Take the PSAT/Aspire

One important practice opportunity for the SAT is the PSAT, offered through most school districts each October.  It contains content that is slightly less complex than the real SAT; however, it allows you to become familiar with the format and types of questions that are ultimately asked on the real SAT.  You can take the PSAT once per year in high school, and scoring in the top 1% of your state in your junior year could also allow you to qualify for prestigious National Merit Scholarships.   On a similar note, the ACT offers the Aspire, a chance to practice with ACT-like content in real test conditions.

2. Use released practice tests to study

At the start of your junior year,  it’s time to focus on the real ACT and/or SAT by taking an official practice test.  Both the SAT and ACT websites offer a free official practice test.  For additional practice, you can access released versions of previous tests inexpensively by purchasing prep books released by the makers of SAT and ACT.
Make sure you treat this practice test seriously, timing yourself and taking it in a quiet place.  This will allow you to see what you would actually score if you took the test, and it will give a benchmark for measuring your progress as you continue your test preparation.

3. Score your test, identify weaknesses, and make a plan

Go back through your results and identify what type of questions you consistently missed.  Was it algebra?  Grammar? Sentence structure?  Did you miss mostly easy questions because you weren’t paying attention, or were there specific content areas where you struggled?  Once you notice patterns of mistakes on a particular type of question or in a particular section of the test, make a plan indicating what you want to cover.  Purchase a book with practice questions and explanations on these topics, or use one of several resources available for free online such as Khan Academy’s SAT prep materials.  Regardless of which resource you use to study, the most important thing is to be targeted, focusing your energy on specific areas of weakness.

4. Track your progress

Start by focusing on improvement within a single section of the test.  When you feel you’ve made substantial progress on preparing for that section (math, for instance), get out a new practice test but only take the math section. Take this practice section of the exam alone and under true test conditions.  Compare the score you achieved on the section to your initial results.  How did it go?  Are you happy with your results?  If so, congratulations - you are ready to move on with your preparation to another section of the test!  When you have put in the necessary time across all sections and are feeling confident, take a new practice test (one you’ve never seen before!) and measure your progress against your initial benchmark.  If you’ve made improvement, then give yourself a pat on the back, because you are well on your way to preparing for success on the SAT and ACT!