Ever wonder exactly how long you'll have to wait for a break while taking the SAT? College Board publishes and SAT test day schedule but it doesn't tell you how many breaks you get and when. Since we know you want to thoroughly prepare for test day, we just posted the real SAT schedule with breaks.
You get three 5 minute breaks during the SAT. Although a 1 minute stretch break used to be mentioned on the official schedule, most of the students we talked to in Dubai didn't get one.
With only 15 minutes of break time during the 3.5 to 4 hours of testing, you've got to use your breaks wisely. Here's how to get the most out of your break time:
1. Scout the restrooms when you arrive. Most people head for the toilet when the break starts so you want to know where they are so you don't waste precious time standing in line. If you can, go to restrooms a little further away form your classroom because these restrooms are likely to be empty.
2. Bring water. You can't drink during the test and you'd be surprised how thirsty you get while working. Having only a can of Coca-Cola won't really help you because you need a drink that quenches your thirst and is in a resealable bottle in case you don't finish it. Besides, you don't want to be on a sugar high (or crash) during the SAT.
3. Bring a snack or two that you can eat in 5 minutes. We've seen people bring some crazy snacks to the SAT: cold pizza, a big manakeesh, a Big Mac meal from McDonald's. The best snacks are: 1) individually wrapped, 2) able to be eaten in 5 minutes, and 3) brain food. You want healthy snacks that will give you a boost without a sluggish crash later. Here are our top picks:
Now that you know when to break and what to bring, we're sure that your SAT experience will be a little bit easier.
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