Timing on the SAT Test

Your SAT score will suffer if you run out of time and don't finish a section, so it's very important that you manage your time wisely during the SAT test. The following are some SAT tips to make sure you don't run out of time on test day.

Don't Get Stuck on a Question

If you don't know the answer to an SAT problem, don't waste time pondering over it. MOVE ON. Mark the question in your booklet so that you can come back to it later. As you move on to the next question, make sure you fill in your answer sheet correctly.

Keep Track of Time During the SAT

You should always know how much time is left and where in the section you should be. Remember that different types of questions take different amounts of time. For example, you should not be spending the same amount of time on sentence completions that you are on reading reading comprehension.

If you're spending more than a minute on a sentence completion question, you're going too slow.

To clock in on fast you should be answering questions, take lots of SAT practice tests as if they were the real thing.

Different Questions, Same Points

Even though questions go from easy to difficult, all questions are worth the same point. With this in mind, be sure to answer all the easy questions.

You don't want to get stuck on a difficult question and then run out of time to answer some easy questions that were coming up.

Check Your Answers

During the SAT test you will probably a little nervous. While a little bit of anxiety is good, your nervousness might cause careless mistakes. Leave a couple of minutes at the end of each section to make sure you marked all of your answers correctly, to clean any stray marks, and make sure you didn't miss any questions you know how to do.