As a non-native English speaker, international students have to clear two language exams: TOEFL and SAT, to apply for colleges in the US. If you’ve ever dreamt about going abroad for higher studies, you’d know the struggle of getting a good score in your SATs. Not only is it important to meet the admission requirements set by the intended university for your program but also ace your SATs for the sake of prestige.
Getting a score close to 2400 is considered a sign of intelligence that has become a marker of distinction between average and high performing students. Since it’s commonly perceived that SATs are more difficult than TOEFL, students naturally worry about clearing them more. This means paying large chunks of money to training programs, attending crash courses, searching success tips online and looking for those who managed to get an above decent score in the past.
However, as a learning center, we know how to crack the code to a good score. Here are a few tips that’ll help you prepare better for your SAT exam.
Not only do you need to know words for completing passage exercises in the English section of the exam but also to simply comprehend what the question is asking. You can categorize your word bank whichever way you like. A popular method is to put onomatopoeic words—the sounds of which remind you of their meanings— in one category, and all the foreign-sounding ones in another—ones that you have to consciously learn meanings of. You can pick any strategy that best suits your style of learning and go ahead with it.
We understand that international students are eager to get started with their application process and often end up taking the wrong route. It’s not advised to prepare for both exams simultaneously because your objectives in both cases are starkly different. Along with a good English vocabulary, you need a grasp of logic, a good reading speed, above par Math skills and a strong writing ability, For instance essay-writing for both exams is very different; where SAT demands a well-reasoned content with sufficient examples, TOEFL is only testing your proficiency in English. If you prepare for SAT alongside TOEFL, you might end up confusing the two and performing badly.
If you need help with preparing for your SAT exam, we can help. Our learning center in Dubai specializes in assisting students with curricula-based exams and entrance tests such as SAT. We also offer language programs, adult classes and homeschooling support.