Hurricane Sandy Causes Postponement of This Weekend’s SAT* Administration for Thousands of Tri-State Students

Kaplan Test Prep Provides Study Strategies for Those Extra Two Weeks Students Didn’t Expect…Or Even Want – Don’t Agonize, Organize!

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New York, NY (November 2, 2012) – After months of diligent SAT prep and the test administration scheduled for Saturday, the bliss of a test-free-study-free life which Saturday afternoon offered had been burning on test-takers minds. Then came Hurricane Sandy.  This past week, we’ve all witnessed the storm’s devastating impact, and at Kaplan Test Prep, our thoughts are with all those who have been personally affected – many of whom include our own students, colleagues, friends and family.

As those impacted by the storm struggle with its aftermath, the last thing they need to worry about is being in SAT limbo – but with yesterday’s announcement by the College Board postponing Saturday’s SAT citywide, it’s the state in which 20,000 students in New York City alone find themselves.  For many who were prepared to put the test behind them on Saturday, the prospect of another two weeks of waiting may induce second-guessing panic and anxiety.

The following is some guidance and reassurance from the test prep experts on how SAT takers can leverage the next two weeks to hone their skills, improve their mental state and optimize performance for November test reschedule:

The Next Two Weeks:

  • Take one more, full practice test. Yes, it’s the last thing you want to do but completing a full test will allow you to identify your growth areas and focus your studies over the next two weeks. Kaplan is offering a free practice test on November 3.
  • Don’t overdo it.  Now that you know where to focus, set aside 1-2 hours per night to review in your growth areas. Cramming will only add to your stress!
  • Establish a healthy sleep pattern with 6 – 8 hours per  night.  If you’ve been losing out on sleep, this is the perfect time to catch up and get back on track.
  • Stay healthy. Wash your hands, avoid sick friends and stay out of inclement weather.  You don’t want a last minute illness to impact test day.

The Night Before:

  • Pack your backpack or bag for Test Day the night before.
  • Go to bed early, but not too much earlier than you usually do.  You want to fall asleep quickly, not spend hours tossing and turning.
  • Eat a filling breakfast the morning of the test, but don’t stray too far from your usual routine.
  • Be calm and confident.  You’re ready for this!

Above all, don’t stress! You’ve been prepping for months – you’re ready.  The next two weeks simply allow you a little more time to improve even more.  And since colleges have extended their application deadlines so that seniors taking the exam don’t miss out, that’s one less thing to be concerned about. For  more   information and resources visit http://www.kaptest.com/college.

*SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

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