About The 411!! What are the SAT's? What needs to be done? When? How? TRANSCRIPTION DONE BY MYTONOMY Hi I’m Emily, and this is Marta, and today we’re going to talk about the SATs. These are a big test that you take at the beginning of your senior year, you can also do the PSATs at the beginning of your junior year to get prepped, but they’re very important in the college application process, because they’re one of the things that colleges look at. So we’re going to look at how to best prepare for them. So to prepare for the SATs there’s a couple things you can do. You can take classes that are specifically designed to help you prepare for the SAT by taking practice tests, going over vocab, writing essays, and your teacher guides you through the process. You can also get books from your local library or school that have practice tests in them. You can take online tests at the College Board, and you can always focus on your weaknesses, so if you’re bad at the math section, go ahead and find something that’ll help you on the math. If you’re bad at writing, ask your teacher to give you some help on writing better essays. Overall, focus on what your weaknesses are so that you can work on those and improve your score on the SAT. An important thing to remember is that you can always retake them; you can take them one month after you last took them. Look at what you really need to improve on when you get those scores. If you do poorly on the math, there’s no need to focus on the writing portions because you’ll obviously do well on that again. Another thing to keep in mind is the night before. You wanna get a good night’s sleep, and get all your testing materials in order so the morning of, you’re not stressed out trying to find a bunch of number 2 pencils, because you’re going to be groggy. You want to focused on getting ready. A couple days before, be sure to print your testing ticket, know where your site is and be comfortable with it, print out the list of materials you need and have them ready for the morning of so you’re not rushing around. Also on the morning of, make sure you wake up early enough to have a good breakfast, relax, get your stuff together, and arrive at your testing site early so you can figure out where to go, find your room and get settled in before you take your test. The SAT is a fairly long test, so make sure you bring snacks or water or something to keep you awake for the breaks during the test. Make sure you actually take the time to relax during your breaks so you’re ready for the next section. So if you follow these steps, you’ll be very prepared for the SAT and you’ll do just fine. Good luck!