What to do the Week of the SAT

It’s that time again, the SAT is a few days away and the bulk of your study efforts are complete. Now what?

Is there anything you can do the week of the test to maximize test performance?


While the material you study this week can help you refine, you aren’t likely to Move Mega Mountains with content in the final few days before the test. If you prove me wrong, blast us in the comments below, please! If you want to do crunch study, you need a Master (Call us) or you need to do the cram session a few weeks in advance. It takes the material some time to gel in useable form.

What you can do this week (assuming the Saturday sitting, adjust if you’re taking Thursday or Sunday):

– 1-2 hours Reasoning Questions and 2 long Reading Comprehension Passages (all the questions)
– 2 hours on Common Geometry problems and Trig – deep review, probably only 20 problems total

– 1 hour Reasoning and Sentence Completion
– 2 hours divided: mixture of 10-15 low – hard questions on Geometry and Trig (before verbal), followed by a mixture of 20 low – hard Algebra and Mechanics questions
– make sure you’re getting enough water. Studies on dehydration and IQ show a 10 point IQ drop with mild dehydration. Did you know that the fluids you consume on Wednesday influence how hydrated you are on Saturday?! Make sure you get a steady supply of water all day especially this week.

– 1 hour refresh on Sentence Completion and essays writing
– 90 minutes on medium math questions
– If the Testing Center is not your school, go visit. You want to know what the area looks like and where you might park or which bus/train you’ll need to take. (***Bonus Points: do this the SATURDAY before your test so you see how traffic moves on a Saturday***)
– Double check the test time.

– 20-30 minutes on verbal, mixed set
– 20-30 minutes on math, mixed
– early to bed (by 10p if possible!)

– Get up by 6a – you want to be totally alert for your test.
– Basic push-ups, lunges, and jumping jacks for 10 minutes will get your blood pumping.
– Have a “normal” school morning. Eat breakfast, or if you don’t normally eat breakfast, consider a protein snack that includes some healthy fat (avocado or almonds for example).
– Aim to be at the test center 20-30 minutes ahead of time.
– While you are waiting to be admitted to the test center, work on a handful of medium level questions (medium for you). These should be questions you know you will know how to do. Getting a few things right will take the stress edge off and actually helps your brain persist on the next set of challenges.

Let us know how you do. Good luck!

 – Prepwise



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