As we all know on December 2nd, 2023 SAT test is the last paper test for US students. Going forward in the year 2024 students will have only one option of online digital SAT. 

LAST CHANCE to sit for the paper-based SAT: December 2nd!

The paper SAT test is three hours 15 minutes long with breaks, and the test consists of 154 questions. If you have not taken a single SAT full practice test you should take now at least one test. Knowing how long the SAT takes and understanding how the test is structured will give you a better idea of how much time you can spend on each section. It will be a good experience and will prepare better for the test day.

This article lays out some test day prep tips for your student As well as We will discuss here how you can find out the approximate score range of your last SAT test as well as provide you with some tips. 

Student – self-studying.

1. Take a Full-length official SAT practice test. You can get the official tests from the ” Collegeboard Official Practice Test

2. Download one of the tests & and take the test to identify the strong as well as weak areas.

3. By taking a practice test and dedicating your time to topics that you haven’t yet mastered, you’ll learn faster and avoid wasting time on subjects that you already know. Some students report seeing score increases that range from 90–200 points by practicing for the SAT.

4. Make sure you use a timer or set the time for each section and take a break when it’s allowed on the actual test day. Learn time management. Check your pace with the timer and work on it accordingly.

5. Complete the test in one sitting. 

6. Use some online bubble sheet grading tools and get the diagnostic report. Socrato also provides the bubble sheet grading tool and diagnostic report.

7. Review the detailed diagnostic report. 

8. Track your performance on the practice exams, identify your strengths, and work on improvement areas.

9. Calculate the difference between your targeted score and your Practice test score. 

10. SAT practice tests simulate the official test including the order of the sections, number of questions, duration, topics, question types, and difficulty level of the questions.

11. Analysing practice test results, identify where you can earn that extra point to meet your target score.  Review those topics and practice the questions of those topics. Take timed section test.

How Tutors can help students to find out their expected score range. 

1. Administer full-length practice tests in a simulated testing environment. This can help students get a feel for the test format and timing.

2. Grade the bubble sheet using a tool that provides diagnostic reports. ( Socrato also provides the bubble sheet grading tool and diagnostic report.)

3. Analysis and discuss the report with students. 

4. Identify the areas where students can earn the extra points to reach to targeted score. Teachers can use individual practice test questions to review specific content areas or as part of class assignments.

5 Tailor instructions to meet the needs of individual students.

6. Teachers can help students develop effective test-taking strategies, such as pacing, time management, and stress management, to help them perform their best on the SAT.

7. Discuss the strategies to prepare those topics. 

Here are some of Socrato’s tips for students before they take this practice test. 

1. Mark the day you are taking a Practice test. 

2. Don’t Forget Your Mental Health!

While you conscientiously study for your SAT, what is equally important will be your mental state on the test day. During your timed practices, do your best to simulate the actual test environment. Perhaps isolate yourself before and during the test and practice strategies to calm yourself down (deep breathing, for instance).

3. Sleep early a day before. So you will be fresh for the test.

4. Make sure you take the test in the morning at (8.00 a.m.) as a real test. On the test day, it’s most important that you show up at the testing center early. If you live a distance away from the test canter, take traffic into account and leave home early. Doors will close and testing will start at 8:30 am whether you’ve reached the test center or not. 

5. Print the test booklet on a good printer. 

6. Don’t be afraid to skip questions and get back to them later

You have a limited time to answer each question. Spending too much time on one question will almost certainly result in time running out. 

A better way to proceed is to answer all the questions that you know the answers to and skip those that you’re not sure of. Once you’ve answered all the ‘sure’ questions, go back and answer those that you skipped earlier.   

7. Mark the bubble sheet properly. You shouldn’t mark more than one option of a given question. Darken the circle (bubble) that corresponds with the answer.

8. Have extra time? Use it to re-check your answers. Use every available minute that you have. Don’t turn in your paper early even if you manage to answer all the questions with time to spare. Instead, use those extra minutes to go back and check all the questions and answers. 

9. Don’t be afraid to guess if you’re not sure of the answer

There are no penalties for guessing or for entering the wrong answers. Under these circumstances, it’s better to guess the answer rather than leave the question unanswered. You won’t lose anything, and well, you may just guess the right answer, which will bump up your score. 

Now that you know how long the SAT test is and what to expect along with some time management tips, and test-taking strategies we wish you the best of luck on your upcoming tests.