Remember, the key goal for the SAT is to
maximize your potential. Resist the temptation to compete with others
on this issue. At worst, it will jack up your anxiety level. At
best, it might let you blow off steam by competing with others on
practice test scores and total hours studied and whatnot, but you’re
very likely causing a spike in someone else’s anxiety level, whether
they show it or not.
The SAT is merely one of those hurdles in life we all
have to jump over. It might be right, it might be wrong—like most
things in life, it’s somewhere in between—but the point is that
you have this task, right or wrong, in front of you. Adopt a positive
attitude to clear your mind of all the understandable worries and
concerns you have. Take control. Free your mind up for learning. You
will actually learn some useful things as you prepare for this test.
Finally, the SAT is just one part of your entire application
package. Preparing efficiently willfree up time you need to maintain
or improve your grades, to study for other standardized tests you
might take, to continue your extracurricular activities, and to
prepare your application essay.