SAT, GMAT, LSAT, GRE Test Prep
You can study hard during the few months before the exam, and review everything in the weeks leading up to the test date, but it's time to rest and eliminate stress in the last two days prior to taking the exam. Every professor has a different personality, and system for running their classes, so make an effort to learn what the professor wants. Not only read the syllabus, but study the grading system that's going to be used for the class. Also, get a bulletin board for your bedroom, to put above your desk. Post the course syllabus for each class on the bulletin board, and highlight deadlines, as well as the requirements for the course. Professors like to follow the texts they assign. Read all of the assigned material, twice. Ask yourself questions about what you're learning, like you were writing quizzes for your classmates to take the next day. Study in short intervals of 30 to 60 minutes. After reading a lot or solving a lot of problems, your brain needs to relax for a bit. Further, review your textbook briefly before every class, not just before exams. It's like a mini-cramming session every day, and the chapter you just read will be reinforced by what the professor has to say. After class, review the main points that were written on the blackboard, or shown as slides. If the teacher took the time to highlight certain sections of the text, you can bet you'll see the same information posed as questions on either the midterm, or final exam.
Exams typically are a huge portion of your final grade, so you need to become an expert test-taker. The main thing
is to know what to expect on exams. Every professor will let you know indirectly exactly what questions they will
be asking on the big exams. They practically tell you, by raising the pitch of their voice when stressing certain
points they're making, like desperately trying to see if anyone's listening. If they take the time to write (by
hand) on a display or the blackboard, they're not doing that for kicks. By finding out what will be asked, you can
trim down the amount of information you need to learn. Be double-sure to get a full night's sleep before any major test, whether for the SAT Test, or just a midterm exam. Even more than studying for the test, you're going to need your full mental capacity, refreshed and recharged by sleep, then fueled by a lean high-protein breakfast that isn't going to make you drowsy.
On the test itself, arrive early, and pick a seat near the windows. Not to look out and daydream while precious
moments tick past, but to get good sunlight and a bit of fresh oxygen that will charge you ability to think. Take
time at the beginning of the test, to read through all the instructions and make a plan of attack. If it's a
multiple-choice test, look at the number of questions and the numbers of minutes you have in total. If there are
more minutes than questions, you have a bit over a minute for each item. However, if there are more questions than
minutes, you better scramble, as you have under a minute for each question. Knowing this, make sure you bring a
wristwatch, and set your watch right on your test. It will be in the way, but that's the only way you can refer to
it over and over again. You need to be around question #10 at ten minutes in, or you're falling behind. Work
The time you invest will pay a dividend as you'll then be able to pace yourself, with enough time to finish all
questions, and at least have a shot at an answer. Eliminate outlying answers right at the start. Average all
numbers, and look for tips in the question that point you to the answer. Keep it simple, no time to waste going back. Trust your instincts, and don't change your answers on a second pass. Watch out for test-makers. They're
tricky, and use a lot of psychology when designing tests. If the first answer, A, is a little too obvious, it's
probably a decoy. Test makers like to group the real answers with confusing second choices nearby. Look for patterns in words in the vocabulary section. If you see words you don't know, look for parts of the word called "roots," which are usually one or two syllables long. Then try to think of other words that use those same word parts, and see if you can find any common meanings in the words. For example manual contains the word-part 'manu,' like in manufacturing, and manuscript. Manu means hand, but that's not important, only that you think up related words, and try to get a derived common meaning out of them. Then, go back to your word on the test, and see if any of the answers share some of the meaning you came up with.
Read every question fresh, word by word, like a hawk, and pay attention. Every question is a new
little world, full of surprise and wonder. You're the master here, and this is no time to let your mind wander.
Finally, if it's a written-answer test, know the point values of each question, and complete the most valuable
ones first, while you're still fresh. Go ahead and raise your hand. If you don't understand something about how
the test works, or need clarification of any question, ask the professor.
If you're falling behind in a class, and the lectures seem too dense, get help before the situation becomes
impossible. Some students are too shy to admit difficulty, or just don't realize there is free tutoring available.
You can study all you want, but in order to achieve the grades you want, you need to go further than remembering
facts, and get a firm grasp on the material.
Colleges use the ACT and the SAT Tests because there are large differences in grading, and the level of difficulty among US high schools. ACT or SAT scores provide another measure of student ability, in addition to the applicant's GPA. In order to raise your SAT, GMAT, LSAT or GRE test scores, you can take free practice tests online. If you're serious about getting the highest possible score, sign up for a live Princeton Review course
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In the math section, saving just a few seconds on each test question can lead to a much higher math score. I like to start with addition and subtraction, as you can waste precious moments on each question and make careless errors.
Apply to various levels of selectivity and give yourself a fighting chance. An advanced degree will stick to you for the rest of your life, so even if you can't get into Harvard or Stanford, apply yourself and work hard for a few years, graduating from the best school you can. The difference between a first tier and second tier school may determine job promotions and your networking ability.