So you’re in middle school and you’ve started to hear about this thing called the SAT. You know you have to take it eventually, but when do you start? Any study tips you should know? Should you be doing anything now?
Well, truth is, you really don’t need to do anything. Not yet.
Yeah, it might be helpful to get a head start, but honestly, you don’t really have to worry too much about it yet. So relax!
That being said, there are some things you can do to help get ready for the SAT, if you’re really determined. Here are five SAT prep study tips to get you started.
Get Good Habits
The first and most important thing to establish now for your college future (heck, even your high school future) is to get some good study habits. Simple things like study at the same time every day, which tells your brain it’s time to study. Things like don’t study with the TV on. There are tons of resources out there for study tips (like this whole website!). Use them!
Something else you’ll want to do is start learning how to take tests. Each type of test is different and it’s a good idea to get used to them. I’ve got a few posts here on that here to get you started. Check them out!
Read A LOT!
This is probably the single most important thing you can do now for the SAT. You need to read. If you don’t like reading, then… get used to it, at least.
Put it this way: reading is a lot easier than slogging through vocabulary lists so you know what’s going on in the Reading section of the SAT. If you want to try to memorize a bunch of words before the test, feel free. If not, you need to read a lot of books.
Yes, books! And not just stuff at your level. Find something a little beyond your grade level. Something a bit challenging. You’ve got to be interested in something – go to the library and check out a book on it.
This will be uncomfortable for many of you – I know, trust me. I admit I do love to read, but I tend to get into a rut of reading easy stuff. When I decide to get something a little stiffer, it takes me a little while to get into it. Soon enough, though, you’ll find yourself going through it quite easily and picking up a good bit of vocabulary along the way.
This also helps with the writing section. The more you get used to reading complex sentences, the better you’re able to hear when something’s not quite right and the better you’re able to pick the right way of saying it.
Take Challenging Courses
You’ll also want to take challenging courses, especially math courses. This will help you in two ways.
First off, you’re more prepared for high school. High school is a fun time, but the more you know before you get there, the more fun it is. If you take a couple challenging courses in middle school, you get used to a heavier workload and you’ll not only be ready for high school stuff, you’ll be able to do some more advanced programs there, too. Some of them are pretty fun!
Second, the longer you know something, the more it is cemented into your brain. If you learn some math concept in middle school, by the time it comes up on the SAT you’ll have an advantage over the person who didn’t learn it until high school.
Learn to Write
Learn how to write. Simple as that. Take your writing or English courses seriously. You should be taking all your schoolwork seriously, actually.
Being able to write well is a huge asset. And not just now, but for the rest of your life. You’ll be shocked as you get older how many people can’t write at all.
You don’t have to love writing and you don’t have to be the next Hemingway or Tolkien. But you do need to be able to write your thoughts clearly and well. Ask your teachers for advice in this, if you have any questions – they’ll be happy to help. At the end of the day, though, the best way of learning how to write is to write!
Try to write a little something every day. Even if it’s as simple as keeping a journal, regularly putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys) is a great way of keeping your inner writer well-oiled and in practice. When the writing part of the SAT rolls around, you’ll be ready!
So that’s what you should do if you’re super serious about school and stuff.
But I’d say the most important SAT prep for middle schoolers tip I’d give is don’t worry!
I know I just told you some things to do, but seriously. Don’t worry. You can’t live your life around this one test. Relax! Enjoy your life! Be a kid!
Schoolwork is very important, obviously. You do need to give it your all. But it’s more important to live a well-balanced life, relax and have plenty of fun!
Don’t worry – be happy!
What do you think?
Do you like the idea of having to do SAT prep in middle school? What are some things you like to do now in school? Tell me in the comments!