SAT 2019: 6 Easy Tips to Help You Pass the SAT Test…Legally!

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By: Jimmy Rhoades | Victor Padilla Posted: 11:38 AM, Apr 1, 2019

Most of us know about the recent college admissions scandal that included some Hollywood stars. So, if you were planning to bribe someone to get your kid into college – bad timing.  But there are ways for a student to get an edge without being hauled away in handcuffs.  We spoke with Rob Franek, Editor-in-Chief at the Princeton Review, who shared a few perfectly legal SAT tips and tricks.


1. Answer SAT Questions Out of Order


The first tip on our list? “Don’t feel that it’s taboo in any way to answer questions out of order,” says Rob. Find the stuff you know you know and answer those questions first. “Then spend more time on the more difficult questions as you move on,” adds Rob.


2. Know the SAT Test Rules


Next, know the rules. Four years ago, the SAT made a change. “They do not take points off for wrong answers,” informs Rob. This means the age old strategy of guessing is back on the table! But when guessing, learn how to…


3. Guess Smart with Process of Elimination


Guess smart! “When I think about guessing, I always go back to process of elimination,” shares Rob. On multiple choice questions, you’ve got a one-in-four shot to start. Eliminating two obviously wrong answers gets you to 50-50 – which leads us to our next tip!


4. Ball Park on Multiple Choice Questions


Increase your odds even more by ballparking – meaning boiling down a complex problem and going with your gut. “Summarize very quickly, because, remember, this is a timed test! So the more answer choices that you get through, the more answer choices that you get right – this is going to be a benefit to you,” shares Rob.


5. SAT Test Traps


Okay, this tip seems a little weird, but keep your antennas up for test-writer shenanigans. Yes, beware the answer that seems like a given! “The obvious choices that just seem so clear – it is generally speaking the wrong answer,” warns Rob. It’s a trap! “The test makers at the SAT and the ACT want you to choose that obvious answer. Don’t get slipped up and make a silly mistake,” adds Rob.


6. Bubble in Chunks


Finally, here’s a phrase you don’t hear every day: remember to bubble in chunks. In other words, fill in those bubbles on the answer sheet in groups. Do the work in your booklet, then focus on transferring your answers in groups of five or ten at a time. Rob explains why: “We’ve found that students have much more consistency in getting the right answer over to the scoresheet.” Good to know!


Ready to get your SAT on? Now you’ve got six easy tips to get you through the big test!


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