ATTACKING THE NEW SAT: TWELVE FAQs
11 WHAT SHOULD I DO THE WEEK BEFORE MY SAT?
1. Get plenty of sleep. Don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. During sleep, not only do you restore balance and energy to your body, but you also consolidate what you’ve learned that day, and even become more efficient at tasks you’ve been practicing.
2. Eat healthy. Don’t skip meals because you’re studying. Eat regular, well-balanced meals.
3. Exercise. Stick to your regular exercise program the weeks before the SAT. A strong body helps make a strong mind.
4. Visualize success. In the days before your SAT, envision yourself in the test room, relaxed and confident, working through even the toughest parts of the test without stress or panic.
5. Don’t cram, but stay sharp. In the days before the SAT, resist the urge to cram. Your best results will come if you focus on getting plenty of sleep and staying positive and relaxed. If you’re feeling anxious, take out your flashcards for a few minutes at a time, or review your old tests just to remind yourself of basic strategies, but don’t cram.
6. Keep perspective. Remember that you can take the SAT multiple times, and that colleges will almost certainly “superscore” the results, so don’t get down about any single set of test results. Also, keep in mind that colleges don’t base their acceptance decisions on SAT scores alone.
7. Lay everything out. The night before your SAT, lay out your admission ticket, your photo ID, your #2 pencils, your calculator (with fresh batteries), your snack, and directions to the test site (if necessary). Having these all ready will let you sleep better.