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Last-Minute Tips for the June SAT

By Laura Whitmore

With the June SAT just around the corner, it’s normal to feel a mix of excitement and anxiety. Whether you’re confident in your preparations or feeling a bit uncertain, I’m here to help you get ready with some practical tips. These pointers are designed to help you feel more confident and prepared on test day.

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One of the best ways to boost your confidence is to take a practice test and hit your goal score before the real thing. Avoid taking a bad practice test right before the actual exam, as it can deflate your confidence. Use reliable resources like the Bluebook practice tests, and keep practicing until you reach your target score.

Preparation isn’t just about studying. Make sure you have everything ready the night before the test. Lay out a comfortable outfit and ensure your device is fully charged. This helps reduce last-minute stress on test day.

It’s crucial to get a full night’s sleep before the test. Avoid cramming late into the night, as you need to be at your best cognitive capacity. A well-rested mind performs much better.

Consider scheduling a backup test date. Knowing you have another opportunity can reduce the pressure to perform perfectly on the June test. This also helps with superscoring, where you can combine your best scores from different test dates.

Start with question 15 and get the quicker questions out of the way first. This strategy helps you accumulate points efficiently, as the English section does not go from easy to hard like the math section.

Use the process of elimination by identifying the wrong answers first. This method helps you avoid common trap answers and narrows down your choices effectively.

For note-taking questions, go straight to the question and ensure your answer satisfies all parts. Reading the bullet points can waste valuable time.

Only read the last sentence or two of the paragraph unless there’s a transition. This saves time and allows you to focus on the essential information needed to answer the question.

Either you know the answer or you don’t. Spending more than 30 seconds on these questions can rob you of the opportunity to pick up points elsewhere. Make your best guess and move on.

Always use scrap paper to avoid careless mistakes. Writing out your work ensures you don’t miss any steps and helps you stay organized.

For simple calculations, use your graphing calculator to avoid errors. This is quicker and more accurate than doing it in your head.

Utilize Desmos for systems of equations, constants, and complex algebra problems. It can save you a lot of time and effort compared to solving these problems manually.

For multiple-choice questions, use the provided answers to work backwards. Start with the middle answers to save time and quickly identify the correct one.

With any remaining time, go back and rework the problems from scratch. This helps catch any careless mistakes and ensures you get the correct answers.

To help you further with your preparations, consider using Preptly, our mobile digital SAT prep app. It offers over a thousand exclusive questions in both English and math, allowing you to practice from your phone whenever you have a moment. It's a convenient way to target your weaknesses and boost your confidence before test day.

This is the last test of the 2023-2024 school year, and I wish you the best of luck on test day!

Happy prepping!


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