Taking the SAT®
Where can I take the SAT? How can I prepare for the SAT? What do I need to bring? When should I take it? Where are all the cupcakes?! Whoa. Deep breath. Shmoop will answer all your questions about the SAT and help you ace the test, to boot. Check out the Shmoop SAT guide for more materials than you can shake a Number 2 pencil at.
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probably want to follow in Rich’s footsteps. Rich and Mitch are twin brothers. And yes,
their parents were cruel. As with many twins, the two siblings are very
competitive. One time they both got grounded and raced each other to their bedrooms.
They compete for girls, for their parents’ attention, and for grades. They are masters
of one-upsmanship. Naturally, when it came time to take the SAT,
Rich and Mitch were determined to outscore one another.
Mitch, the cocky one, decided he didn’t need any help to study.
He already knew this stuff – all he needed to do was cram.
He pulled out all his old textbooks and began poring over them. He reviewed past exercises
and homework. He even re-read a handful of books he’d been assigned over the years.
Meanwhile, Rich felt that a more focused approach would benefit him.
He logged onto Shmoop. He went to their SAT Test Prep and accessed
his Dashboard. There, he set his test date so he wouldn’t
forget. He took reading, writing and math diagnostics
that gave him a sampling of what he might expect to see on the actual test.
He reviewed the skills he needed to practice. And got some valuable advice from the Game
Day Tips section. By the time test day rolled around, Rich was
ready. Mitch, on the other hand, was so worn out
from studying every word in every book known to man… that he slept through his alarm.
He made it to the testing center in time, but just barely. He hadn’t slept much in
the past week, and he had covered so much material that barely any of it was sticking.
Rich, however, had taken those Game Day Tips to heart, and he had slept plenty.
Mitch had been so busy studying the actual test material that he had forgotten to bring
anything other than his admission ticket and photo ID.
But Rich had his watch, his #2 pencils, his calculator, a drink and a snack.
Halfway through the test, Mitch had lost track of time, gotten parched and hungry, and run
out of scratch paper. Because Rich was well-rested, had spent his
time studying the right material and had come properly equipped, he finished the test well
before his brother did. But it wasn’t about speed. Okay, it was
a little about speed. They would have to wait until the test scores
came back before they’d know who the real winner was.
Mitch knew the answer even before they opened their respective envelopes.
Sure enough, Rich absolutely torched his brother on every single section of the test.
Of course, he only gloated for a second or two before going over to Mitch and consoling
him. They may be competitive, but they are still brothers.
Mitch learned the hard way that the SAT is too big a deal to attempt going it alone.
Take a lesson from Rich. Using Shmoop’s SAT Test Prep guide will get you ready for
your big day. No, not that one – the other big day.
You’ll know what to bring – and what not to bring on the day of the test.
You’ll learn ultimate test-taking strategies, and you’ll be able to compare your practice
test scores to others on the site. Which is great for all you super-competitive
twins out there.