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How To Study For The ACT & SAT Exams

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The SAT and ACT are important steps on the path to postsecondary success. These exams have a major impact on which school students attend as well as future career opportunities.

The stakes are high, and proper preparation is key.

Find out how you can make sure you are ready to tackle the SAT and ACT with the knowledge and confidence needed to make the grade.

How Long Does it Take To Prepare for the SAT and ACT?

At minimum, you should start studying for the SAT and ACT 8 to 10 weeks before the test date. This will help make sure you have enough time to learn, review, and understand the test material. This can mean everything from tutoring, to practice tests, to nightly study sessions months before the actual exam takes place.

Whether you prepare for the SAT by yourself, with a parent, or with a professional tutor, these study tips will help you prepare effectively and achieve the best score possible.

How To Study for The SAT and ACT

  1. Sign up for a prep course
  2. SAT and ACT prep courses provide experienced tutors to help students prepare for the exams. These courses often include access to study workbooks and practice tests so students know what to expect on test day.

  3. Form a study group
  4. A study group of several classmates helps students stick to a study schedule, and offers the benefit of having others to work through problems with.

  5. Start early
  6. Cramming for the SAT and ACT isn’t an option. Start studying early so you have time to learn and review all the required material. Studying a little each day is much more effective than trying to cover everything all at once.

  7. Get a tutor
  8. If you’re having trouble preparing for the SAT or ACT by yourself, a private tutor can help. On top of helping you prepare, a tutor can identify areas that need the most attention and can create a plan to address them effectively.

  9. Relax
  10. The SAT and ACT can be a stressful experience. Preparing early and sticking to a study plan can help reduce this stress so you can go into the exam with the confidence you need to succeed.

If you are preparing to study for the SAT and ACT exams, these tips should give you an idea of where to start, and what to expect.

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