Don’t let stress diminish your success with the SAT. Prepare for exam day by knowing what to expect on the SAT and by following a few simple tips to help you relax, concentrate, and succeed:

  • Get a good night’s sleep before the test, and eat a well-balanced, high-protein meal before you head to the test site.

  • To keep your nerves in check, don’t discuss the test with friends or other test takers before the test or during breaks.

  • Guess only when you can eliminate two out of the five choices.

  • Never skip a grid-in question because you don’t lose any points for guessing wrong.

  • Concentrate on the easy questions (often, but not always, the first questions in a section) if time is an issue; then move on to the harder questions if you have time.