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What to Do the Week Before the SAT

While You're Waiting for Your Scores, Get Back to Real Life
For the past few weeks, if not longer, you've been preoccupied with the SAT. Maybe you've let a few things slide: homework, extracurricular activities, your friends, fun. Now it's time to catch up on anything that's fallen behind and to return to your normal routine.

I know you may be feeling a little anticlimactic after getting all geared up for the SAT that's now over, but don't forget other tests that may be looming on the horizon. If it's early spring now, you may have an AP test or two looming in mid-May as well as the SAT II Subject Tests, which you may also need to take in the fall. You've worked hard preparing for the SAT and it's natural to want to relax a bit. But please, please don't blow off your AP exams or SAT IIs; in many ways these tests can be just as important to your admissions chances as the SAT.

By the way, do not throw away all your SAT preparation materials just yet—I know you're tempted—just in case you decide to retake the SAT.

What to Do When Your Scores Arrive
Three weeks after the SAT I (or SAT II), scores are mailed out to students, but scores are actually available online two weeks after the test.

Along with your score report—which you should save—the envelope will also contain an "Additional Services Order Form." Save this form, too.

Are You Planning to Retake the Test?
I discuss the question of whether you should retake the SAT at length in the FAQ section (available online, see questions 7 through 10). If you might retake the SAT, send away for a copy of the test and your answer sheet. This feature is called the Question and Answer Service. It isn't available for all test dates—nor is it clear whether this service will be modified for the new SAT.

To order, complete the Additional Services Order Form mailed with your score report. You have up to five months after the test to order your answer sheet but do so as soon as your scores arrive because it takes a month or so for your answer sheet to arrive. The cost is $10 (though this price will probably increase a bit along with everything else associated with the new SAT).

You get a photocopy of your actual answer sheet but not your personal test booklet. Still, you'll learn a lot by reviewing your errors and any blanks you may have left. When the booklet arrives, you'll learn an incredible amount by retaking the test—timed, using OmniProctor—and seeing whether you repeat any errors.

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From The RocketReview Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to the New SAT and the PSAT by Adam Robinson. Copyright © 2005. Used by arrangement with Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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