[Note: this posts refers to the old SAT. But the same technique still applies to new SAT. However, you don’t want to leave any questions blank. When I don’t know the answer to a question, I mark it with an X in the test booklet and mark an “A” on the answer sheet when I’m bubbling in answers. If I have time at the end, I’ll go back and see if I can figure out the correct answer and then change it on the answer sheet at that time.]
I’ve got two more test-taking tips for you to help you increase your speed and efficiency on the SAT.
1. Write your answer in the left column
After you circle your answer, write the letter to the left of the question.
That way, you can easily scan down the page with your eyes and see which letters you need to bubble in.
2. Bubble the spread
Don’t bubble in your answer after every question. That wastes too much time and pulls your head out of the zone.
Instead, answer all the questions on the page (or pages) in front of you. Before you turn the page, bubble in all the answers on that page or those pages.
(See why it’s helpful to write the letters so big? I can usually bubble in three answers at a time.)
When I skip a question, I circle the number of the question (in case I have time at the end to go back to it, it makes it easier to find on the page.) AND I put an X in the column – to remind myself to skip that bubble on the answer sheet.
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