Struggles With The SAT And How To Overcome Them


Rebekah Reed

The SAT has been known as a placement test for college taken in your junior year of high school, but has also been notoriously difficult and many students feel as though it’s not needed. 

A lot of juniors also felt they weren’t well prepared for taking such a serious exam. Isobel Wharff, a junior at Lake Shore High School, felt the same way. She stated, “I don’t think we were well prepared because a lot of the things on the SAT we didn’t learn.” 

Junior, Monica Bezel, had a similar thought, saying, “We didn’t have much preparation in any of our classes, it was kind of if we learned it, we learned it, if you didn’t you didn’t.” 

Lake Shore student, Carlie Chamberlain, gave practical advice on how she felt they should be prepped for the SAT so the teachers could incorporate that into their lesson plans for the year. She quotes, “More practice tests, more Khan Academy use because it caters to you, specifically, and more precise problems from previous SATs.”

However, for a brighter future for next year’s students, juniors this year gave some tips on what students can personally do instead of relying on their teachers. 

Monica Bezel gave the advice of, “Get lots of sleep the night before, and don’t stay up too late studying for it, you’ll regret it in the next morning.” 

Chamberlain also stated that underclassmen should study, yet, “Don’t stress too much about it because whatever happens happens, but still get a bunch of practice in, because you’ll most likely do better than you think.” 

At the end of the day, the SAT is just a test that you can retake for a fee if you feel that it’s needed. Study a bunch in the weeks leading up to the day, but always remember that you’re smarter than you think and it’s nothing to stress about.