Guest Post: Tips For Surviving The SAT And ACT Tests

With fall flying by, the SATs and ACTs are very much on high school students' minds. The exams are a major source of stress for students, which is why Millennial expert Chelsea Krost weighs in, discussing her experiences and insights on the standardized tests. From choosing which exam to take to preparing, Chelsea shares her perspective on how to take on the tests without feeling consumed by them.

Guest Post: Tips For Surviving The SAT And ACT Tests

SATI can still remember the night before I took my first SAT test. As I was brushing my teeth and getting ready for bed, I could start to feel my heart thumping in my chest, my clammy hands gripping the toothbrush. Red hives suddenly appeared all over my chest.

I had studied with a tutor for months, yet I was petrified about taking the SAT. I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that I had been in school for over 10 years and so little of what I learned was going to be on the actual test. The fact is, I was never a good test taker. Projects, papers, and presentations were always more my speed. I kept thinking, “How can college acceptance be determined by a SAT score? That’s NOT fair.”

The next day, my nerves got the best of me and although I managed to get through the test, I did not do as well as I wanted to. The great thing about the SAT is that you can take it several times. After I received my score, I knew I needed to do something different the next time around. I started to educate myself on the ACT and soon realized it was a much better fit for me. It is very important to educate yourself on which test is right for you. The SAT is wordy and requires test takers to have a high level of vocabulary knowledge, whereas the ACT is the more straightforward of the two and the questions are easier to understand after the first read.…

 
 
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