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5 Last-Minute Tips to Improve Your December SAT Score!

By Laura Whitmore

Are you facing the December SAT this weekend with barely any prep done? No stress, you've come to the right spot. I'm sharing some straightforward and practical tips to give that SAT score a little boost, even at the last minute. Plus, I'll introduce you to some fantastic resources that can help even further.

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Tip 1: Keep It Simple with Numbers

Math problems can seem daunting, especially those filled with variables. Swap those x's and y's for something simpler, like the number 2. It makes the problem more real and way easier to solve.

If you're looking for more in-depth help in math, Preptly is a fantastic resource to practice on the go.

Tip 2: Eyeball It in Geometry

For geometry questions, if the figures are drawn to scale, you can use your answer sheet as a sort of ruler. Trust your visual judgment. Sometimes, the solution is as simple as a good look at the diagram and using a bit of logic.

Tip 3: Stick to What's Given

Here’s a golden rule: use whatever format the question is in. If it’s a table or a graph, don't switch it around. This keeps things simple and helps avoid silly mistakes. For example, if you are calculating slope from a table, just observe the change in values – no need for complicated calculations.

If you find yourself struggling with these kinds of problems, consider reaching out for our 1:1 Tutoring.

Tip 4: Majority Rules Strategy

If a math question has you stumped, look for the outlier in the answer choices and consider eliminating it first. This can turn a complete guess into a strategic one.

Tip 5: Smart Approach to English Sections

For digital SAT takers, begin with the grammar and expression questions. They are usually more straightforward and faster to answer. Leave the more challenging reading questions for later. If you're taking the paper test, postpone the tougher passages, often known as the 'hug slug', until the end. This way, if you're running short on time, you can guess on the most difficult part.

And for more detailed strategies and practice, the Self-Paced Digital SAT English Course is a fantastic resource.

I hope these tips help ease some pre-test nerves and give you a bit of an edge on the big day. It's all about approaching the test smartly. Best of luck, and remember, you've got this!

Happy prepping!


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