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The Dreaded SAT Experimental Section
Officially the dreaded SAT experimental section is called the variable section. The first section is going to have essays that are 25 minutes long. The essay will then be followed by another six 25 minute sections. There are then two 20 minute sections and one 10 minute section.
One of those multiple choice 25 minute sections is going to be an experimental one. The people who administer the SAT need to test questions for future exams. This is to see if enough people get them right and/or wrong. So they use you as guinea pigs!
Since one of those sections is going to be experimental, it does not count toward your grade. Itís very difficult to pick out the experimental section, but Iíll give you a little bit of a tip:
If you get to a section that seems really weird or has questions that you havenít seen before and itís somehow different from the rest, itís probably the experimental one. Donít panic. Stay positive. Just tell yourself itís the experimental one and move on.
Now, if you get three 25 minute critical reading sections, one of them will have been the experimental one. If you get three 25 minute math sections, one of them will be the experimental one. And if you get two 25 minute writing sections, youíll know one of those will be the experimental section.
So itís kind of hard to tell which one it is until youíre almost finished, but if you get to one thatís weird and totally throws you off, donít think ďOh my gosh, the whole thingís going down the tube now!Ē Tell yourself ďYou know what, that one was weird, that one was harder than I expected. Itís probably the experimental oneĒ. Stay positive. Keep moving. Thatís the way you maximize your SAT score.
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