Debunking SAT Myths
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A major misconception that many have about
the SAT Exam is the idea the SAT is a knowledge test.
Well, it's not, the SAT is a general aptitude test. Which means, while some tests are
checking to see what you already know, the SAT is designed to test your ability to use what you already
know.
In other words, it's more about your ability to process information, recognize problems and find
solutions than regurgitating facts. But, this is good news for those willing to work because SAT SUCCESS comes
down to SIMPLE STRATEGIES and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.
MYTH #1: Don't ever guess.
This is probably the greatest myth of all. But, it just isn't true. If you can eliminate at least two of the
answers, it is in your favor to answer the question with your best guess. The only time you leave a question blank
is when you don't know anything about it. The process of elimination is a very useful technique and should be used
regularly.
MYTH #2: The problems are all the same.
Not true. The first part of each section will be easy, the second part will be medium and the last part will be
hard. Do not spend too much time on the hard ones. You need to use your time wisely, do the easy and medium
problems first then work the hard ones. The reading comprehension sections are the only ones that don't follow this
order.
MYTH #3: The math is very complex.
The math on the SAT is very basic. It will consist of arithmetic, algebra I, geometry and algebra II. There is
no trigonometry, no precalculus and definitely no calculus.
But, that doesn’t mean that the problems are straight forward. Many of the math problems will require multiple
steps, some will be designed to confuse you and others will be puzzles.
That’s right, several of the SAT math problems are puzzles constructed to test your ability to find a solution
and have nothing to do with calculations.
MYTH #4: You can’t study for the SAT.
You may not be able to study for the SAT directly, but you can prepare for it. Remember, the number one thing
you can do to prepare for the SAT is practice. There are many resources available and you can obtain practice tests
at most bookstores. Prepare a plan and begin practicing now.
There you have it, SAT myths laid to rest. Now, it is up to you to take action, conquer the SAT and practice,
practice, practice.
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