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The simple guide to stress-free SATs

Ten easy steps to helping your child crack the SAT code.

By GreatSchools Staff

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1. "Get" the test

Understand how the SAT works and what it actually measures. First: It comes in two parts, the SAT I (also called the SAT Reasoning Test) and SAT II (the Subject Test), which assesses students' knowledge of history, languages, math, and science. Second: Everyone can relax — the SAT is not an IQ test or a memory-retention test. The goal of test prep is not for your kid to suddenly become smarter, but to become well acquainted and comfortable with the questions and format so that he or she can learn how to get a high score on this particular exam. And it is possible.