SAT Exam

How To Make SAT® Prep Fun

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Preparing for the SAT exam does not have to be boring. There are some simple ways to make your test prep fun.

You can start by organizing a study group. A great way to get creative with your study time is by creating space for active dialogue with your peers. Working in a study group will give you something to look forward to during the time you spend working alone.

Try to schedule a group meeting once a week. You can take a practice test before you meet, then come together with questions, strategies, and advice to share. Note that arriving prepared with a plan for the meeting will allow you to contribute to the group.

The best way to reap the benefits of a study group is by creating a safe space for everyone to contribute and ask questions or share concerns. If you are struggling to stay focused or motivated throughout your studies and test prep at home, reach out to some friends or peers who are scheduled to take the SAT exam around the same time as you.

Sometimes getting together (even if it’s just once a week) can make a huge difference in your attitude throughout your studies. It is really helpful to know that other people are going through the same stresses as you.

During your group study sessions, you may decide to find some test prep games to try. Perhaps the way you choose to start your discussion is through a Jeopardy-like game. Organizing an interactive game, like Jeopardy, is a great way to kick start the conversation while adding a bit of friendly competition.

You can set up teams and pull test questions from your practice exams to organize the game. Rank the questions based on their difficulty and input them into a Jeopardy grid to compete for points.

If you would rather work through a premade game, there are plenty to choose from online. By googling “SAT test prep games,” you will find lots of options. Be sure that the test prep games are realistic to the style and  level of difficulty that you should be prepared for on test day.

If you are unable to work in a group in person, consider setting up a study group that meets online. Zoom study groups can function just as well!

SAT test prep doesn’t have to be all memorization and practice tests. There are plenty of ways to mix it up by creating more interactive study methods. Sometimes the simplest adjustments to your workspace can make the biggest difference. You may even consider creating a study playlist that keeps you motivated and boosts your mood.

If you’re looking for more ways to prepare for the SAT exam, try out UWorld’s SAT Prep Course. We offer thousands of practice questions that are realistic to the official SAT test. We also offer performance tracking tools to monitor your improvements and pinpoint your weak performance areas.

You can use the detailed question explanations provided in the prep course to learn from your mistakes and deepen your understanding of the more complicated questions. Try it out to boost your score and streamline your study plan!