The 15 Most Common Mistakes
As you prepare for the new SAT, keep the
following common mistakes in mind. Some are mistakes to avoid when
taking the actual test. Others are mistakes to avoid during your
preparation for the test.
Looking at the answer choices without having some
idea of what the correct answer should be.
more than a minute or so on any one item in a set.
to practice sufficiently—reading this book is not
to guess when you’ve eliminated one answer choice.
to manipulate equations in your head instead of writing it down
and solving it.
picking the answer the item asks for. Often this is not the same thing
as finding the critical value needed to solve the item.
every item in order.
through a set instead of thinking each item through.
to fly Bombing Runs—that is, not doing items out of order based
on your assessment of which will be easiest.
establishing a baseline score.
an unrealistic target score.
building up your vocabulary.
creating a study plan.
taking a full-length practice test before test day.
SAT prep work the day before the test.