SAT Preparation Tips 2018
Updated on May 10, 2018 - 5:49 p.m. IST by Ranjini Basu

SAT Preparation Tips 2018– Aspirants who wish to study in the United States, should be prepared to appear for the SAT test. It is one of the most widely accepted undergraduate entrance tests apart from ACT test. In order to take SAT exam, one must ensure that he/she is well-versed with the SAT exam pattern, SAT preparation tips and other related information pertaining to the same. The SAT and SAT Subject tests are designed to check candidates' preparedness for the colleges and whether they fit to be among rest of the students. The test is accepted by a majority of the colleges and universities spread across the USA and other foreign countries. Before appearing for SAT, prospective test takers have several questions in mind like: how difficult is the test? How to prepare? How to maximize SAT performance? How to achieve good scores in SAT? Careers360, in this article, provides all the possible questions that may arise in candidates' mind. With the help of SAT Preparation Tips 2018, candidates can not only meet their score requirements but also improve their analytical, verbal as well as the mathematical abilities.


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Quick Glance at the SAT 2018 pattern below:


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Number of questions

Writing and Language Test









Essay (optional)




In the SAT preparation tips, we have taken each component of the SAT 2018 Pattern- Writing, Critical Reading and Mathematics separately and have provided tips to help candidates to perform well in the exam.


SAT Preparation Tips: Writing and Language Test

The writing section of SAT 2018 comprises of two tasks. They are multiple-choice questions and an essay.

The multiple-choice questions include sentence correction where test takers would be required to select the right answer from a list of given choices.

In addition, candidates need to write an essay on a relevant topic as well.


SAT 2018 Preparation Tips to crack:


Grammar: To begin with SAT Preparation tips, the first step is to get grammar accurate. The multiple-choice questions which involve selecting the right answer will mostly test the grammar skills. So, aspirants should practice the basic English grammar and refer to books like Wren and Martins. Besides, there are many websites, which provide aid in improving grammar through several practice tests.


Read: Preparation remains incomplete without reading. Since test takers would be asked to write an essay, the best way to prepare for it would be to remain updated with the recent happenings across the globe. This will help to put the point across at the time of writing the essay.


Write sample essays: Choosing any topic and writing on it will help in improving the thought process. The most common topics that usually come in SAT 2018 can be considered, to begin with. It is important to know the points mentioned below while writing:

  1. Which direction do you want to give your argument essay?

  2. Pen down all points for or against the issue.

  3. Filter your points. Select only those points that are based on reason.

  4. Divide your argument into sections to make your points clear.



SAT Preparation Tips: Critical Reading

The Critical Reading section has two main tasks. They are sentence completion and reading comprehension. Both the sections test your vocabulary and skills at analysis.


SAT 2018 Preparation Tips to crack:

Brush up vocabulary: The sentence completion task is similar to the basic fill in the blanks.  So, it is vital to be updated with the latest vocabulary tips.


Practice sample papers: Practising SAT Sample Papers can fetch candidates good scores. The critical reading section should not be left for the last moment. Sample tests prepare for the critical reading section of the SAT test.


Scan for the right answer: Analysing the answer choices carefully and checking for a word similar to the one selected help test takers to gain grasp over the section. It is equally important to eliminate the choices that do not match up to their selection point of view.



SAT Preparation Tips: Mathematics

The Mathematical section consists of multiple-choice questions as well. It is imperative that the basic concepts in mathematics are clear.


Practice: The SAT 2018 preparation tips are incomplete without this step. The only way to crack this section is by practising. Practising and repeating the exercise are the only keys to success.  There are many sample papers on mathematics available online as well. These papers usually help to understand the kind of questions that come in SAT mathematics section.


Concepts should be clear: It is important to get the concepts clear pertaining to elementary mathematics. Since SAT is taken for college-level admission, the topics are mostly fresh out of high school mathematics. So, the high school mathematics books should be kept handy for reference.


Remember Mathematical Rules: Since the area of mathematics is vast, it is difficult to practice and repeat all types of topics. It is, therefore, advisable that one should memorize and remember the mathematical rules. Especially, in geometry. The theories should be clear. It is, of course, not necessary that candidates would be asked direct theories but can expect questions based on the application of the geometrical theories.


Other SAT Preparation Tips:

  1. Get the concepts right- Students must first get their concepts right. It is advised students must first understand the pattern and learn basic concepts before beginning practice for SAT 2018.

  2. A lot of practice- Students cannot dream of scoring really high without any practice. Regular practice will help in releasing exam stress as well.

  3. Time- Since SAT is a four-hour long test, candidates should ensure to give an adequate amount of time for each section. However, that does not allow test takers to waste time on answers that are not known to them.

  4. Last minute preparation is not worthy- This may sound exciting, but doing so will only stress the candidate out before taking the exam. It is best if you divide one's preparation time and time for leisure. One can always go out with friends to relax and prepare sincerely during the study hours.

  5. When practising mock papers, the focus should be on the mistakes committed. Practise again until they are accurate.

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hi sir jee 2020 my percentel home state Karnataka . sc category wide i want computer science course seat in you college pl send me answer.

Singampalli sai rahul Student Expert 14th Feb, 2020
Hello aspirant,

Based on your percentile score and cadte I will list out the top colleges in which you can get a seat in CSE Branch-

  • IIIT Delhi - Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIITD)
  • DTU - Delhi Technological University (DCE)
  • Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology
  • UIET - University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Panjab University

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What is the difference between subject SAT test and General SAT ???If one has to give SAT for biology what will be the syllabus ???

hrithik jain 10th Feb, 2020


The main and the biggest difference is that General SAT tests for the general Knowledge and critical reasoning while SAT subject test your knowledge in specific areas say: biology, math etc.

Also, General SAT is around 3 hours paper whereas, SAT subject is a 1 hour paper. General SAT is offered for around 7 times a year and SAT Subject is offered for like 6 times a year that too, depending on the subject (date wise).

There are two test for SAT Biology- Biology (E) and Biology (M), you cannot take both of them on the same date. (E) stands for Ecological and (M) for Molecular. The syllabus topics are as follows:

1. Cellular and Molecular Biology- 15%(E) and 27%(M)

2. Ecology - 23%(E) and 13%(M)

3. Genetics - 15%(E) and 20%(M)

4. Organismal Biology- 25%(E) and 25%(M)

5.  Evolution and Diversity - 22%(E) 15%(M )

*Consider these figures to be approximate and cross check before finalizing.


Can I get admission into IIT or NIT based on my SAT subject test scores?? if so how to apply for it???

Koyel Bagchi 8th Feb, 2020


No iit or nit can not accepts sat.

Because the majority of students are selects here through jee not by their talents. Even if the pattern of jee is changed then also it is not similar as sat.

Hope it helps you.

Thank you.


I am going to complete my 11th standard in March 2020.Then can I write SAT exam in the month of June 2020.

AnkiT KunwaR 3rd Feb, 2020
Hello Aspirant,

Basically there is no eligibility criteria specifically for SAT 2020. Generally candidates can opt for the exam in their junior or senior years of high school (Indian Grades 11th or 12th), to be precise, aspirants are roughly between 17 or 18 years of age.

So, you will be eligible for SAT 2020.

Good Luck

Can a student from India take the SAT exam if he/she is homeschooled?

Aishwarya Bp 28th Jan, 2020


Yes you can take SAT exam even if he/she is home schooled.

You have to register online,Once you're done registering you will get an admission ticket.

You can ask for a fee waiver if you're home schooled from a counselor at the local public high school. one must provide eligibility proof like tax records, public assistance records, or record of enrollment in an aid program  to the conselor.

Hope it helps

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