For all of you New Yorkers thinking of taking the SAT this May, I have one key piece of advice: make sure you're going to get the score you're looking for before you walk into the testing center!
A lot of people take the SAT with a relatively hazy idea of how they're going to perform. You shouldn't be one of those people. There's a precise and easy way for you to figure out how you're currently performing on your SAT. Follow the steps below and you'll be sure to select the best test date possible for your exam:
1. Buy the official College Board guide to the SAT, which has 10 actual practice tests inside.
2. Set aside a Saturday morning to sit down and take the test from start to finish. This test needs to be timed and taken under realistic conditions. No cell phone, no TV in the background, no extended breaks, nothing - you need to take the test exactly like you would in the testing center. Remember: the idea is to get an exact idea of how you're actually scoring, and not just what you want to score.
3. When you're finished, use the grading rubric in he back of your test to score your test and see how you do.
The score you get on this test will be extremely close to the score you get on the May exam - if you're happy with your score, go for it! If not - PLEASE do not take your SAT this May! You still have plenty of time to take the exam in June and in the Fall.
Do not take the SAT if your scores aren't what you're looking for. To figure out what scores you need to get into your dream schools, I highly recommend using the free SAT score generator on my other website at http://www.TestPrepAuthority.com.
Don't go into your SAT bling -