Level 1: The Basics of Studying and Preparing for the SAT

Katya , 03-15-2018

There are 3 elements that the SAT tests on:

  1. Your Material Understanding:
    1. You need to know facts concerning mathematical knowledge, like finding a triangle's area;
    2. You need to know how to use proper grammar and recognize improper grammar, like Should you use a comma or a semicolon?;
    3. Some principles of reading-comprehension;
    4. Your understanding of basic science.
  2. Your Strategic Application:
    1. You need to know the facts.
    2. However, you also need to know how to implement the facts on the actual test.
  3. Your Ability to Think and Work Quickly:
    1. The SAT relies on 2 things: speed and accuracy. Those 2 factors determine your final score.
    2. In order to succeed, you need to use your material knowledge and your strategic application, implementing them at a fast pace.
    3. Moreover, the test checks how comfortable you are when taking the test.
    4. To become fluent with the test, you need to take it several times—roughly 6 or more attempts.
    5. Once you've obtained fluency with the SAT, you'll be prepared for the examination.

The goal of this article is to help you learn how to implement those 3 elements.

Before we start, you should note some methods for using this knowledge on the actual exam:

  1. Watch for deceptive questions
  2. Work on fixing knowledge gaps every day;
  3. Get used to implementing your knowledge while under a strict time limit.

To pass the exam, you must have all your facts straight. You need to have strong factual links. Any misunderstandings or false facts that you take into the test can be harmful to your grade. You do not want to go into the exam with wrong facts.

And thankfully, there are 2 things that you can increase your final score: exercise decoding every question and improve your material understanding. Moreover, studying for the SAT is not difficult. Keep in mind what you will receive as a reward for completing the test with a high score. With a high exam score, you can enter more institutions.

So, to get the hard stuff out of the way, let's start with understanding the material.

It's normal for this part to be annoying. Some parts are necessary for success. Whether you're good or bad at memorizing information, this part might not be a cakewalk. Nevertheless, you can go through this section quickly.

First, get a good summary of the material. The key to making this test easier is knowing every fact. That's how you make the SAT a cakewalk. And don't worry — there isn't too much to remember. It can all be memorized within one month.

For the mathematical section, you must memorize 312 facts, figures, and formulas. To pass grammar parts, you need to know 35 facts and rules. You also need to know 6 basic graph principles and statistics.

When it comes to mathematics, you might already know half of what's required. And don't worry — everyone can memorize the necessary material. However, there's a high probability that are some facts you don't know.

When it comes to grammar, basic rules can affect every part of the test. It doesn't matter which section you're reading from, grammar plays a crucial role in understanding and answering SAT questions. Moreover, most students are oblivious to these basic grammar rules. They don't know how grammar can affect the majority of their score.

The grammar rules you need to know, thankfully, are plain and direct. Having a fluency in English might prove beneficial. Though, students who are not fluent speaking English shouldn't fret. The amount of rules required to receive perfect scores is small — only about 35 in total.

Once learned, most of these grammar rules will make sense to you. As far as implementing these rules, you will find them to be easy to use. Later on, we will also teach you how to spot grammatical errors. Getting a perfect score with grammar should be a cinch.

News Flash: The reading test does not only test your reading comprehension skills and your knowledge of grammar. It tests on how well you read graphs and charts as well. But you cannot merely read these charts and graphs. You need to know how to put them into practice. There's a difference between reading charts and graphs and using charts and graphs.

Later on, we'll teach you how to read and implement charts and graphs. By then, you won't worry about reading graphs or charts. Thankfully, there are only 6 principles you need to know for understanding graphs and charts. That's a fraction of what you need to know for math or grammar. Remember, we're working on making the SAT easy to study.

Oh, and it seems that's all you need to study. Thankfully, the SAT doesn't need to be longer than you make it. You can get complete the exam and achieve a high score.

One last thing — as the SAT has evolved, it has changed to testing students on how they understand vocabulary within a given context. Keep in mind that most of the test boils down to your strategy. We will show you where to begin. It doesn't matter who you are. The SAT can be conquered.

On to victory!