The SAT’s: How Much Studying is too Much?

The SAT Question of the Day app can be accessed from any smart phone and is a valuable study tool for students.
The SAT Question of the Day app can be accessed from any smart phone and is a valuable study tool for students.

By: Olivia M.

This October will mark the commencement of the stressful time for Duxbury High School juniors and seniors who will be taking the SAT’s. The non refundable fifty-one dollar fee will allow those students applying to colleges to take this common standardized test.

Junior Eliza H. plans to take the SAT’s in March and began preparing last month. Eliza H. said, “[Students] can never study too much for a test because being prepared isn’t a bad thing.” She uses three apps on her iPhone to study and said that they are extremely helpful. In Eliza’s opinion, the admissions officers look closely at SAT scores and they matter a lot for getting accepted.

Similar to Eliza H., sophomore Nancy D. has downloaded various apps on her iPad to begin her extensive studying. Reading SAT prep books, taking test-prep classes, and getting a tutor are also many ways that students are reviewing for the test. For students on a budget, the College Board offers free sample SAT questions, a full SAT practice test, an official SAT online course, and an official SAT study guide online. These resources can be found at the following link:

As far as studying goes, math teacher Mr. Sprague recommends that students prepare for about an hour a night, two hours at most. He believes that this technique should alleviate cramming the week before the big day. Mr. Sprague said, “There comes a point when the brain stops retaining information which is why scheduling times to study is helpful.” He said that he does not have any reliable evidence of how long students studied for before taking the SAT’s.

Contrary to the beliefs of Eliza H. and Nancy D., Maddie B., a junior at DHS says that many people study too much for the SAT’s. Maddie B. said they don’t matter very much. Many colleges don’t even look at the test scores on applications.

Sophomores and juniors at DHS will take the PSAT’s on October 16th. Sophomore Cammy S. said, “I am nervous to take the test but I think it is good preparation because when it actually comes around to taking the SAT’s, I will be ready.”

If she had to rate the difficulty of the SAT’s, Senior Sabrina L. would give them a six or seven out of ten. Sabrina L. took the SAT’s twice in her junior year. She reviewed by reading the infamous SAT prep books and taking a test-prep course. In short, Sabrina L. said, “don’t stress about them.” She recommends taking a course to younger students because she said that it helped her tremendously on the SAT’s.

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