The Do’s and Dont’s of the SAT


Brooke Delahunty and Ally Collins

Plan on going to college? If so, it is highly likely you will take the SAT, ACT, or both. After taking either the SAT or the ACT, the better you score, the more advantages you have when applying and being accepted into college. Here are some of the dos and don’ts of taking the SAT.


To be ready and confident on test day, it’s important that you know how the test is structured. Taking the PSAT, either at Timberlane or other schools, will introduce you to the structure of the test. You will also get a score to give you an idea what categories you are strong in and which categories you need to improve on before taking the SAT. Another benefit is you will receive your actual test booklet from the PSAT back so you can see correct and incorrect answers.


Another resource that will help prepare you for the SATs is the optional prep class. Our school offers prep classes for the writing, reading, and math sections of the SAT each spring as part of the Evening Division program course offerings. Through taking the class, you will most likely obtain the SAT Prep book, which can be bought online, in bookstores, or borrowed from a friend. The book will guide you on answering math, writing, and reading questions as well give you pointers on how to write the essay.


You can also take classes with a private tutor. Eli Sorenson, who is currently working with a tutor to prepare for the upcoming SAT commented, “You learn a lot of vocab, how to manage your time, and overall become more comfortable with the test.”


Next, there are many factors that will influence how well you will do on the test. If you study in the months leading up to the test, you will have a much better chance of doing well on the test than if you were to start studying the week before. With that said, getting enough sleep the night before the test is extremely important. It is important that you don’t stay up late the night before your test and that you eat a balanced breakfast. The SAT takes about 5 hours from start to finish, so it is crucial that you are well-rested and fueled to do your best!


Whether you are planning to attend a community college or four year university, taking the SAT is a chance to show both the schools you are applying to and yourself your academic abilities. Even though most colleges don’t require students to submit SAT scores, scoring well opens up the opportunity to get a lot of scholarship money. Getting a good score on the SAT is easier than you think. All you have to do is prepare yourself to the best of your ability and your hard work will surely show in your final score!