For subjects like Biology, Chemistry, US History and World History, you should consider taking the test at the end of the year (May or June).
If you can eliminate one or two of the questions, statistically it is beneficial to guess for the SAT exam. You are NOT penalized if you guess on the ACT exam.
The ACT exam offers an optional Writing exam. Several campuses across the nation require the Writing exam, but not all. Take the Writing exam to play it safe.
Hard, medium and easy questions are all weighted equally for both the SAT/ACT exam. Most of the easier questions are at the beginning of each section.
Read each question carefully and mark your answer sheet with care.
Use a soft lead No. 2 pencil with a good eraser. Do not use a mechanical pencil or ink pen; if you do, your answer sheet cannot be scored accurately.
Be aware of the writing style used in each passage. Pay attention to tone or emphasis throughout the text. Read and consider all of the answer choices before you select the best response.
Make sure you answer the question asked. Make sure your answer is reasonable. Check your work.
Use a calculator you are familiar with. Be aware of what types of calculators are prohibited for each SAT and ACT exam. The rules are NOT the same.
Make sure you understand the prompt question. Decide what point of view you will express. Write your ideas down and organize them. Focus on the topic, use specific examples, present counterarguments, use transitional words and phrases and end with a strong conclusion. You will be judged on how well you communicate rather than your point of view.
Rules for registration and test day policies are constantly changing. Read all the instructions and don't be at a loss on test day.
Make it a goal to study at least 20 minutes a week and take a full practice test at least once a month. If you are unhappy with your scores increase the frequency.
Go to bed early the night before. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to find parking or, better yet, get dropped off at the test site. Eat a good, healthy breakfast. Make sure you have all your documentation and identification that meet the requirements for SAT and ACT. Arrive 30 minutes early and bring healthy snacks, bottle water, extra number 2 pencils and extra batteries for your calculator.