It’s that time of year again. Juniors will be taking the SAT on April 10. Sophomores will also be taking a test this year. They will be taking the PSAT. The PSAT is similar to the SAT. Sophomores will be taking this test on April 4.

The SAT consists of three different tests and an essay. The SAT is out of 1600. The first test is a reading test. The second is a writing and language test. The third is the math test. Then, the essay portion is the last portion. The reading, writing and language, and math tests are all multiple choice. Unsurprisingly, the essay is not multiple choice even though we all wish it was.There are breaks in between tests so don’t worry. There will also be snacks for you during this break time.

Some helpful tips are to relax the night before and don’t cram for it. Get a good night’s sleep. Have a healthy breakfast in the morning. Read every question carefully. Don’t overthink. Don’t leave anything blank. If you don’t know the answer, take an educated guess. On the essay, don’t tell them your opinion. Pace yourself. Most importantly, believe in yourself. Don’t be afraid. Just do your best. Don’t stress. Stress is not needed when taking any test. If you feel yourself getting anxious, take a deep breath and relax.

There are plenty of practice tests that you can take for the SAT. A place to go is www.khanacademy.org. They have a pretty good practice test there. Don’t forget to study. These SAT test scores will be sent up to four colleges of your choice. Good luck to both the Juniors taking the SAT and the sophomores taking the PSAT!