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Essential Time-Saving Tips to Ace the Digital SAT

By Laura Whitmore

With the digital SAT on the horizon, it's natural to feel a mix of anticipation and apprehension. This shift in format isn't merely cosmetic; it marks a fresh approach to testing, demanding both content comprehension and adept time management. These simple tips are designed to help you maximize your efficiency and effectiveness during the SAT.

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Tip #1. Paraphrase and Annotate: A Game-Changer

One might think that paraphrasing and annotating could eat up precious time, but it's quite the opposite. By breaking down the text and jotting down key points, students gain a clearer understanding, reducing the need to reread passages multiple times. This approach is particularly effective in the English modules. Practice this technique; it's a skill that pays off!

Tip #2. The One-Minute Rule: A Timing Strategy

Navigating the English section within time constraints can be daunting. I recommend the one-minute rule: roughly a minute and a half per question for grammar and context and a bit more for the reading-intensive questions. If a question seems too challenging, it’s better to flag it and return later. This strategy ensures that you don't get bogged down by tricky questions.

Tip #3. Question First, Then Read

A simple yet effective strategy! Always read the question before diving into the passage. This focuses the reading, saving time and energy. It's a habit that can make a significant difference in how quickly students can identify relevant information.

Tip #4. Graph Questions: Less is More

When it comes to graph questions in the English modules, less reading is actually more beneficial. Usually, the last sentence or two beneath the graph contains the essential information needed to answer the question. Don't get lost in the details!

Tip #5. Start Smart: Question 15 First

This might sound unconventional, but starting with question 15 can be a real time-saver. These questions are usually quicker to answer, allowing students to gain momentum and confidence before tackling the more challenging reading questions.

Tip #6. Utilize the Desmos Calculator

For the Math section, the Desmos calculator is an invaluable tool, especially for systems of equations questions. Familiarity with this tool can significantly cut down on calculation time.

Tip #7. Function of Underlined Sentence Questions: Cut Corners Wisely

When faced with questions about the function of underlined sentences, you can initially focus on the underlined part alone. More context can be sought only if the answer choices demand it. This approach can streamline the process.

Tip #8. Skip the Bullet Points in Note Questions

In the note-taking questions, the bullet points are often unnecessary. Focusing on the main question can save precious time and reduce confusion.

Lastly, for those seeking a structured approach to SAT preparation, our Self-Paced Digital SAT Courses offer comprehensive lessons and strategies tailored for the digital SAT. They are designed to help students master the skills needed for both the English and Math modules.

Happy prepping!


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