1. Take a deep breath. Yeah, sure, it sounds clichÃ©, but you’re not going to gain any points for hyperventilating on the test. Remember, much as it seems like it right now, the SAT is not the be all and end all of life as you know it. If worst comes to worst, you can retake it.
2. Find the questions you can answer. Skip around as much as you need to. Sure, parts of the SAT are organized from easiest to hardest—but not all of them. Passage questions, for instance, aren’t sorted by difficulty. So, if you’re on a CR section, go straight to the questions with line references. These are usually more specific and easier to answer fast. On math sections, which are arranged in order of difficulty, remember to play to your own strengths. If you’re great at algebra but suck at geometry, go hit up those variable questions. Remember, there are no points for valor here. You get the same credit for correctly answering a question that comes easily to you as you do for getting one right after you’ve poured your blood, sweat, and tears into it. (Figuratively speaking. As a general rule, you should avoid getting bodily fluids on your actual test.)
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