Before taking the SAT


On Wednesday, October 14th the school will be hosting the PSAT and the SAT for those who want to participate. The SAT, though stressful, is a really important part of your high school career and will help you when applying to colleges and universities. The SAT can also help you earn scholarships so you won’t be inundated with as much student loan debt. 

I’m a Junior this year, and though I took the PSAT my 10th-grade year, I’m still going to take it again tomorrow, you can never be too prepared. Last year we spent the year doing SAT prep. Every morning in English and Math class we would dedicate 15 or so minutes of class time to preparing for the test on Khan Academy, an educational site that is incredibly helpful in teaching all subjects. One day each week an entire class period would be spent preparing for the SAT. 

To prepare myself for tomorrow I’m going to do a few key things to ensure that I’m well-rested and test ready.


  1. Eat a healthy breakfast 

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a reason. Eating a healthy, well-balanced breakfast the morning before you test can assure you’ll feel like a million bucks. Try not to eat anything too filling so you don’t feel ill, and make sure you get enough to drink. Staying hydrated is very important, if you’re dehydrated you’ll feel tired and sluggish.


  1. Get a good nights rest

GET. ENOUGH. SLEEP. This has got to be one of the most important things you can do to prepare yourself for something like the SAT. If you walk into the testing area exhausted you won’t do well. Being on high alert will help you succeed. 


  1. Don’t stress yourself out

The test itself is already stressful. The night before and the morning of, refrain from doing anything that upsets you. Meditation is a really helpful practice to help you destress. Your brain needs to rest in order to do its best.


Lastly, if the score you make on the SAT is not to your liking, don’t worry, you can always take the test again.