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How to Painlessly Prep for the SAT

How to Painlessly Prep for the SATYou’ve probably heard of their existence back in elementary school, forgot all about them in middle school, only to find yourself in your freshman or sophomore English class being told that vocabulary is important because these words will be on the SATs!  As if you weren’t already busy enough trying to get a part-time job, your homework done, a varsity position, your bedroom cleaned, and enough leadership roles to make you a well-rounded potential college student! Check out these tips on how you can painlessly study for the SATs.

SAT Prep Classes

Let’s be honest.  Nobody wants to wake up early on a Saturday morning for six weeks to learn SAT material for three hours. Unfortunately, SAT classes just happen to be the very best way to prep. So if you’re going to put yourself through it, you may as well make it the best experience you possibly can by getting a whole group of your friends in on the action! Take turns car pooling, and stop for iced coffee and bagels on the way. Show up in your pajamas if you’re allowed. Go shopping or hit the park when you’re done, since everyone’s together anyway! Use this as a spring board into your weekend plans, and you’ll find yourself (for the most part, anyway) painlessly preparing!

Flash Cards

The best part about physically making the flash cards is that it can be done with your best friend by your side and a new box of Sharpies while you watch a line up of your favorite Netflix movies! Spend a whole afternoon doing it, and don’t even feel guilty about it! If crafts aren’t your thing, buy pre-made cards. The important thing is that you use them. Take ten of them with you and use them while you wait for class to start, on your ride home, while you’re standing in line at the store, or just before bed. The following day, add five more. Then another five. By using flashcards whenever you get the chance, you’re avoiding the stressful, time-consuming ritual of sitting down with a prep book and studying.

Merging It with Class

You know how great it feels when your teacher gives you the last fifteen or twenty minutes of class to work on your homework? You know that when you get home from school that day, your work is either completely done, or there’s a good dent in it? Studying for the SAT can be the same way. If your teachers don’t have SAT prep as part of their curriculum, ask if there’s a way they can fit it in at the beginning or ends of classes. Go over a real SAT problem, or familiarize yourself with an SAT word. In general, teachers want to help their students any way they can! By covering some of the material while you’re in school anyway, you’re taking a little bit off of what you would have to do when you get home!

Upcoming ACT and SAT Test Dates and Deadlines

With spring SAT and ACT test dates here, it’s important to remember your deadlines and test dates! While you’re sitting at home taking practice tests, going over a mountain of vocabulary cards, and trying to decide where the comma should be in a sentence, you do not want to forget the most important thing: actually signing up for the test before the registration deadline! The logic is simple here. If you don’t sign up, you can’t take the test!

Here is the breakdown for approaching test dates:

SAT

May 5th SAT
Registration for this date has passed; however, if you’re taking that test, good luck! Remember to eat a good breakfast, bring plenty of number two pencils and erasers, and show up early to the testing facility

June 2nd SAT 
Registration for this test date is quickly approaching. Registration for this test closes on May 8th. Late registration is May 22nd. Remember, all deadlines expire at midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on the day of the deadline.

ACT

June 9th ACT Registration for this date is fast approaching.  To register without a late fee for the June test, you must register by May 4th at the latest. Have you taken either test already and received your scores? With the Cappex What Are My Chances (TM) Calculator you can get a handle on what are realistic admissions options for you with those scores and help you narrow down where you should be applying. It is always important to have combinations of safety, realistic and reach schools. Utilizing Cappex along with your guidance counselor is a great way to figure out where you should be applying. Remember, the results of your SAT/ACT tests are not the end of the world. If you do not do as well as you hoped on your first or second try, you can always take the test again! So do your practice tests, study your vocabulary words, and walk in to the test with confidence and a calm demeanor! RELAX!

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Spring ACT/SAT test dates

With spring SAT and ACT test dates here, it’s important to remember your deadlines and test dates!

While you’re sitting at home taking practice tests, going over a mountain of vocabulary cards, and trying to decide where the comma should be in a sentence, you do not want to forget the most important thing: actually signing up for the test before the registration deadline! The logic is simple here. If you don’t sign up, you can’t take the test!

Here is the breakdown for approaching test dates:

SAT

April 14 SAT
Registration for this date has passed; however, if you’re taking that test, good luck! Remember to eat a good breakfast, bring plenty of number two pencils and erasers, and show up early to the testing facility.

May 5th SAT
Registration for this test date is quickly approaching. Regular registration closes on April 6th, and late registration ends on April 20th. Remember, all deadlines expire at midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on the day of the deadline.

June 2nd SAT
Registration for this test closes on May 8th. Late registration is May 22nd.

ACT

April 14th ACT
Registration for this date has passed. Remember if you’re taking the test to arrive early and make sure you remain calm and composed.

June 9th ACT
If you are not ready to take the April 14th test, sign up for the June 9th test. To register without a late fee for the June test, you must register by May 4th at the latest.

Have you taken either test already and received your scores? With the Cappex What Are My Chances (TM) Calculator you can get a handle on what are realistic admissions options for you with those scores and help you narrow down where you should be applying. It is always important to have combinations of safety, realistic and reach schools. Utilizing Cappex along with your guidance counselor is a great way to figure out where you should be applying.

Remember, the results of your SAT/ACT tests are not the end of the world. If you do not do as well as you hoped on your first or second try, you can always take the test again! So do your practice tests, study your vocabulary words, and walk in to the test with confidence and a calm demeanor! RELAX!

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