For those students who are taking the SAT or ACT this fall, remember to practice a one question from each section daily. If you are feeling that would take too much time, read the EA tip below. Not only will it allow you to feel as though you can practice a question each day, but it will relieve some of the stress of involved in taking the exam.
It’s very useful to know how long it takes you to answer each type of question on the SAT or ACT because many students rush through the exam thinking that they will run out of time. If while practicing questions, you learn to recognize how long it takes to answer a question, then you eliminate the pressure of the time limit. For many, it is simply this concern about minutes ticking away that causes test-anxiety.
Here is a step-by-step guide to determine the time it takes to answer a question.
1. Ask a friend/parent to time you with a stopwatch. Timing yourself doesn’t work well because you need to estimate the time before you know the actual time.
2. Answer one question.
3. Write down the amount of time you believe it took you to complete the question.
4.Compare your belief to the reality by asking the timekeeper how long it actually took to answer the question.
5. Add up the amount of time you spent on each question and compare it to amount of time allowed by the exam for that passage and/or section.
If you are taking too much time, approximately more than a minute per question, then keep practicing until you can reduce the time. It won’t take long to train yourself to answer the question in the correct amount of time. Once the timing issue is solved, you have eliminated one of the greatest causes of anxiety on the test.
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