There is one thing about the SAT that you probably haven’t noticed before. But this one thing is something that will increase your score right away.
What is it?
The test layout.
In each section of the SAT, you’re presented with a set number of questions. You probably knew that.
What you might not know is that the questions follow a specific order.
Except for the reading-comprehension questions, the questions on the SAT are arranged in order of difficulty: easy—medium—hard. The reading-comprehension questions are arranged in order of where the answer is found in the passage.
Pretty nifty, huh? But how will this newfound knowledge increase your SAT score?
It’s all about time management.
Success on the SAT is all about spending your time in such a way that will give you as many correct answers as possible. Anything you can do to give you more time to think about a question is something that will help increase your score.
Basically, you should spend your time making sure you get every single easy and medium question right. Then—and only then!—tackle the hard ones.
You don’t want to waste points by making a careless mistake on an easy question, and all the questions are worth the same amount of points. Much better to save the mistakes for the hard questions!
With reading-comprehension questions, it gets even easier to see the benefits of knowing the test format. If you just answered a question that had the answer in paragraph two, then you know the next question’s answer will be found after that. Maybe in paragraph three. Don’t waste your time hunting through the earlier parts of the passage when you know the answer won’t be there.
The SAT is all about time management, and knowing the test layout will go a long way toward helping you increase your SAT score. But that’s not all you can do: subscribe now to make sure you hear about some other things that will boost your scores!