Taking the SAT for the first time was stressful to say the least. To be honest, I think I could’ve done a better job of preparing myself. I did practice tests for both the math and writing/reading section. But I never took a practice SAT fully. Taking the practice tests really helped me be aware of what was on the test and also learn how to apply the strategies that I learned. Since I joined humanities honors, I was required to buy a Reading and Writing Workout book for the SAT. In that book, there was different strategies that I could use during the grammar portion of the SAT. There was also several practice tests inside the book too which I found helpful because I was able to test out the strategies. For math, we’ve been doing SAT Warm-ups ever since the beginning of the year. We were always given two minutes to solve the problem to show us what two minutes really feel like since the SAT is timed and they didn’t want us to ever leave a problem unanswered. The day before the SAT was good I’d say. I remember my teachers giving our class a last minute pep talk so that we felt relaxed and not as nervous.
My advisory teacher even made us little care packages that included a snack, water, pencils, and other stuff. That night, I made sure that I had a healthy lunch as well as a healthy dinner. I also packed everything that I needed into a bag so that I didn’t have to do it in the morning which would’ve been time consuming. After taking the SAT, I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders. I had taken the SAT for the first time, and I felt like all the preparation had been worth it. That same day after, I went out for lunch with my friends and went bowling afterwards. So after a long and stressful morning, I was able to decompress with my friends which was nice.
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Hello, my name is Ashley Capuyan.