Author: Jesse Sternberg
Managing your time on the SAT can be a tricky task. Most sections of the test allow for less than a minute per question if you want to finish.
That said, with proper time management and knowledge of the test format, it is entirely possible to successfully complete every section on the SAT. There are, however, some important strategies to keep in mind along the way.
1. Don’t rush through sections.
With the exception of the reading comprehension section, questions on all the multiple choice sections increase in difficulty as they go, and there is no penalty for skipping a question. Therefore, it is not wise to rush through a section. You’ll likely make sloppy mistakes on easier questions you should have gotten right, all to allow yourself a couple of minutes to attempt questions that will be much harder to get right in any amount of time.
2. “Listen” for the error
On the Identifying Sentence Errors section, don’t examine the answer choices one by one. Instead, “listen” for the error and trust your instincts. The improving sentences/paragraphs sections are not quite as simple, as you must not only identify the error but select a correct version as well. You can, however, identify the error using the same method and use it to eliminate any answer choices that clearly don’t address it.
Next week we’ll have more tips to help you own the SAT. Read more from our SAT experts at www.knewton.com/blog/sat
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