The SAT is important for kids who don’t go to school. Your SAT score tells admissions officers whether you can handle the workload of a college environment.

Actually, I don’t really believe that last sentence. For example, kids with Aspergers specialize in getting perfect SAT scores and then being unable to keep track of their college course schedule. And they lose their books. And they forget deadlines, and all the other executive function problems the SAT does not test for.

But regardless, colleges like the SAT. So I think it’s important for kids who don’t take tests in school to at least take this one, and to do well.

It would be a pity to spend a huge amount of time on this test since it measures pretty much nothing except how good you are at preparing for the SAT.

But since it does measure that, I am always on the lookout for someone who is good at the SAT. And here is a advice from Geeta, who is a fifteen-year-old student at an alternative school and she scored in the top 2% of the PSAT this year.

Geeta says:

I’ve been raised to believe not only that everything is a system, but that every system is hackable (nod to my INTJ dad). I don’t think the SAT measures intelligence. The only reasons for taking the test are to get into college and to get scholarships, and if your kid scores high both of those two things will be easier.

First: Learn how to hack a system by understanding it.
College Board just released a new SAT, and most tutors are still teaching to the old system. Although the essay is now optional, there are far more words and passages to be read on the test.

Kids need to be able to read quickly and comprehend what they are reading or they will never have enough time to get through the test. When the test has large paragraphs, it’s better to skim them for general understanding, then read the questions, and then read in depth the two sentences that the question is actually asking about.

Second: Learn what answers they’re looking for.
All it takes is a question a day. Get College Board’s app Daily Practice for the New SAT, because who better to learn from than the creators of the system itself? The app has a daily question that you can answer every day.

Someone who spends 2 minutes a day for 2 years is much better off than someone who studies for 2 hours a day starting 2 weeks before the test. Why? Because slowly learning their system and consistently reading and answering the questions over time will build an understanding of how College Board wants people to answer the questions.

Third: Ignore people who say it’s too early.
It’s never too early, and spending two minutes a day is not wasting childhood. I started doing a question a day in January of last year, even though everyone thought I was stupid because “obviously that’s not going to help”. And then I scored 100 points higher than the kid who thought he beat everyone by a large margin.

Once again, the only thing the SAT is actually useful for is getting into college and getting scholarships. Also, it wouldn’t hurt each kid to take a practice test to learn the test taking strategy that works best for their particular strengths.