SATs are offered in October, November, December, January, March, May, and June. Registration closes about a month before each test. Local high schools each host the different test dates, so if a certain date isn’t listed on your school’s calendar, it probably is offered at a neighboring high school.
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Guess! There’s no penalty for getting a question wrong, so if you’re clueless, it’s best to guess. Even when you understand the question, you may not be 100% confident you know the answer. You seldom can take time to verify every choice. First, eliminate which choices clearly are wrong. Then, if you must move on, take your best guess from the choices remaining.
Reading Section Each passage should take you 8-9 minutes to read, depending on whether it has 10 or 11 questions. Keep an eye on the time! If you’re taking more than 9 minutes on any passage, bubble any random letter and move on. If you’ve got spare time after reading the passage, you can go back to anything you rushed through.
Grammar Questions The College Board prefers shorter sentences more than longer ones, and favors fewer commas over more commas. Don’t forget to make sure that each pronoun goes with a particular noun. (Don’t say “he” if you mean “they,” and don’t say “it” unless it’s very clear exactly what “it” refers to!)
Math Sections Notice that the answer choices are listed in either ascending numerical order (a= -½; b= 0, c=5…) or descending numerical order (a=5, b=0, c= -1/2…). If you need to plug in a number to try a solution, you may want to start with a number in the middle. That way, you’ll know whether you need a bigger number or a smaller one, which is quicker than starting with letter “a” and working your way down.
Essay In the eyes of The College Board, the longer the essay the better, as long as you don’t repeat yourself too much. Write several paragraphs, and sprinkle a few long words throughout (but be sure to use them correctly and spell them correctly). Be neat. Feel free to use print rather than script penmanship to keep your essay legible.