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7 Ways to Get Ready for the SAT/ACT this Winter Break

Posted by Sybil St. Hilaire on Fri, Dec 20, 2013

study tips for satOne of our favorite vocab words here at TestRocker is clairvoyance. In case you haven’t been studying with our amazing vocab game, clairvoyance is a noun that describes acute intuitive insight or perceptiveness.

Today we want you to use your clairvoyance and imagine your upcoming SAT/ACT test day. How do you feel? And what does it look like? Hopefully in your vision you walk into the test calm, cool, and collected; wearing your favorite outfit; confident that you can ace the test! We want to help you make this a reality, so we have put together 7 Ways to get ready for the SAT/ACT this Winter Break.

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1. Set a Baseline & Decide on a Target Score 

Setting a baseline will help you study smarter. You can use your most current PSAT/PLAN or official SAT/ACT test results. It is important to have a clear sense of where you stand before you start studying. This baseline will help you determine whether you are studying effectively. It’s easier to stay motivated when you have a goal in mind. Based on your academic performance as well as your baseline score decide on a realistic target score.

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2. Figure Out your Strengths and Weaknesses

Using your baseline and academic performance determine your strengths and, more importantly, weaknesses, so that you can figure out what exactly you need to focus on to improve your score. While TestRocker’s free diagnostic test does this for you automatically, you can also do this by looking at a score report from your PLAN/PSAT/SAT/ACT. As you review your results, look beyond your score. Take note of the concepts being tested by the questions you got wrong and plan to review those.

 3. Decide How to Prepare

Of course, because this is our blog, we want you to prepare with us! (Click here to speak to one of our test-prep experts about getting your dream score). However a lot of things factor in to which test-prep method you ultimately decide to use. Use the questions below to guide your decision making process

      • How do I learn best?
      • How much time can I devote to test-prep?
      • How much money can I devote to test-prep?

 4. Develop a Study Plan

The hardest decision is figuring out where to start. This can be pretty overwhelming. The TestRocker program gives you a customized study plan that tells you what to focus on, how much time to spend, and the priority level of each topic. The best place to start is with the areas where you are weakest and need review the fundamentals. Generally, we recommend trying to study at the same time every day and taking a 10 to 15-minute break for every hour of studying completed.

5. Create your Ideal Study Environmentstudybreak

Choose an appropriate location. This should be a quiet place with minimal distractions.  Make it comfortable, so that you have another reason to look forward to studying!

6. Keep Study Breaks Structured

Schedule regular study breaks. If you’re planning to take a 15-minute break after an hour of studying to check Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, be sure to stick to that plan. Don’t allow yourself to get carried away, and don’t let those 15 minutes turn into an hour on social media.

7. Relax and Take Care of Yourself

Don’t wear yourself out with studying. Remember to keep things balanced and make time for your friends and family. Most importantly catch up on sleep. It’s critical!

8. Take Advantage of TestRocker's Winter Bundle:

Ends December 31st!


Have anything else to add? Let us know by leaving it in the comments section. Want to learn more about how TestRocker can help you prepare? Click here.

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Suniti is the creator of TestRocker, an online learning platform that helps you unlock your dream SAT and ACT scores. TestRocker is based on Suniti’s highly successful and proven method of teaching students how to maximize their SAT and ACT scores, a method she has perfected through tutoring thousands of students globally for more than a decade. 

TestRocker is a one of a kind online SAT/ACT program that empowers students to take control of their test preparation. After taking our diagnostic test a customized study plan, individualized to students' strengths/weaknesses, allows them to track progress as they work through the program. Each of the 1,200 SAT & 2000 ACT questions on TestRocker are accompanied by video explanations from Suniti. Parents are able to track their child’s progress through biweekly reports.

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