Authored by Rodney Southern in Educational Testing
Published on 01-05-2009
Scoring high on the SATs is not a complicated process if you take the time to prepare yourself. In most standardized tests, the format as well as the subject matter is well known before you even enter the testing center. As such, it would be logical to assume that you can study for a higher score. But is studying the only way to increase your standardized test scores?
Other Ways to Increase Your Scores For Standardized Tests
Learn the test before you ever begin. Many people come into a standardized test without any knowledge of the format, subject matter, or even the time allotted for the test. That said, they waste a portion of the testing time on figuring out how to take the test and directions. Find out beforehand the answers to these questions, and then you can dive straight into the test when you begin.
Do not start studying the subject matter at the last minute. Many people try to crash study at the last minute. This is a set up for disaster on a standardized test. Make sure that you begin preparing for the test well in advance. This will allow you to dedicate a specific amount of time to each section and subject matter.
Take advantage of any and all practice tests. These allow you to become familiar with the testing procedures and what to expect on the actual test. The practice tests will usually be provided by the same people that will be giving the standardized tests. This is a golden opportunity to see where you stand and what sections you need to practice and study more.
Answer all questions that you know for sure first. This is easily the best strategy to a great standardized test score. Go through the entire test and answer the “easy” questions first. Then go back and dedicate time to those that you are uncertain of. Never ever leave an answer blank. Even a lucky correct answer is a correct answer. On standardized tests, the questions are often multiple choice, true/false, and fill in the blank types of questions. Answer them all in some fashion or another. There are some tests that penalize for an incorrect answer. Know this beforehand and do not guess if this is the case.
Most of all, make sure that you are relaxed and laid back on test day. Standardized tests can create stress, but only if you allow it. Study up before the test, and take the time to know what to expect when you get there. Panic will only lead to a poor performance. Relax and feel confident in the fact that you are prepared and ready.
Scoring high on standardized tests is a simple matter of taking the time to prepare, and then allowing your brain to perform. If you do all of the preceding things before the test, then you can feel certain that you will pass with flying colors.