As you come close to finishing your high school years, you're faced with the challenge of taking the SATs and many students wonder how hard these tests really are.

You've been told that the SAT tests are hard, but the truth is that these exams aren't hard, they're just designed to test everything you've been learning during high school.

So, the question really is, how challenging are the SATs. The difference between students who get high, average, or low SAT scores is on how much they prepare.

If you show up the day of the test and are unprepared then chances are you'll get a low score. But if you study during your free time, work hard, clear every question or doubt you've had on the way, and practice, then there's no reason why you shouldn't rock these tests.

Ahead we will answer your questions about the level of difficulty of the Literature SAT, so continue reading if you are taking the test on this subject in a couple of months. Also, remember that if you are feeling a little overwhelmed private tutoring can be a good option. Tutors can guide you, give you advice, strategies and teach you many things, having tutors could only give you an advantage.

For more information on this subject, you can check our Literature SAT Study Guide.

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How hard are the SATs?

The SAT exams are entirely made-up of multiple-choice questions and were created by the College Board. Their goal is first, to measure how ready or prepared students are for college, and second, to provide universities with data they can use to compare the students who apply to their school.

Overall, they want to test you and see if you're a better candidate for their school compared to the pile of applications they receive every year.

This is why it is your responsibility to prep and be ready for this exam, and it's probably the reason why people see this test as difficult. Truth is, you've been learning and absorbing information for years and colleges want to see how well you could absorb that information.

We wouldn't say then, that this exam is hard, we'd say it's challenging and competitive which is why there is a level of difficulty to it, but nothing you won't overcome. Truth is, it's not hard if you work hard and put in the energy, work, and time.

For any literature test, you're advised to learn how to read and interpret multiple-choice questions correctly, work fast under a time limit, know the subject by heart, master reading comprehension, vocabulary, literary, passage, and poetry analysis, and more.

Also, remember that there is no written part for the Literature SAT, but as we just mentioned, you do need to master analysis of literary pieces like poetry, drama, prose, passages, and more.

There are many Benefits to Taking the Literature SAT.

Private tutoring can be a great way to get ahead in your studies. You can find tutors that are experts on a certain subject, in this case, the SATs.

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Content on the Literature SAT exam

Taking the Literature SAT will allow you to show – to any college admissions office – your interests and to enhance your application. It's a test where you can show your strengths in reading and analyzing literary text.

These tests do not ask you to write an essay, a review, or to develop a literary analysis. The SATs are made-up of multiple-choice questions about a certain subject. All you have to do is read each question, then read the options you're provided and finally chose the one you think is correct.

There are three different sections for the Literature Subject Test. The first section, which accounts for 40 - 50% of your score, is United States Literature, written by authors from the US. The second is English Literature, written by British authors and it accounts for 40 - 50 % of your score. Finally, the last section is Other Literature, which is written in English and it accounts for around 10% of your score.

You can also check our article about resources available online to practice for the SAT.

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Mean score

Students all around the US take these exams every year, which means that the level of competition and difficulty is always high.

We recommend you know the average scores for the test you're preparing for, this way you can know what score you're aiming for (better if you aim higher than the mean score). Between 2018 and 2020 114,511 students took the Literature Subject Test with a mean score of 616.

You need to keep in mind that there is no such thing as a perfect score on an SAT (whichever the subject) so remember to be kind to yourself. But also, we don't mean that since perfection isn't possible, that you should give up. No, you need to study and work hard, prep as much as you can, and with a lot of time in advance.

Remember that private tutoring might be the best way to get above average on any subject because tutors can guide and provide study strategies to students and ultimately help them do great on any test.

If you are looking for more information, go ahead and read about some Tips to Prepare for the Literature SAT.

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Summary

The Literature Subject Test is one of the most important tests you'll need for your college application. The content on this exam is designed to test everything you've learned about literature during the past years, so if you're feeling a little overwhelmed, know that there's nothing on this Subject Test that you haven't seen already some time in school.

You should also keep in mind that getting a high score on this subject can exempt you from taking Literature classes during college. So buckle up and get started, you need to prep for SAT level questions (learn to understand each word) and practice how to answer them, read books about the content on these exams, review your class notes and review past exams, share your wisdom with a friend and hope they will do the same with you in the future.

Various strategies can help you study for this SAT, you just need to find which of the strategies helps you best. If you're looking for a book to help you, many books contain all the content you need to practice and overall prep for the test. You can find them either in the library or the book store.

Some strategies also include setting a time to practice with friends, ask each other questions, test your abilities, read an SAT passage and analyze it for practice. Take a practice test and after you've answered all the questions, share your answers with a teacher and ask if you can have a session with them.

The best way to get a top score is by studying with a study group, have a teacher help you, and answer all your questions. This is one of the strategies that can help get your scores above average.

If you find this too overwhelming remember private tutoring as an option. Tutors will help and support you during your study process, guide you through the subject review, clear all your questions and provide you with the best studying strategies. This way you can guarantee your score will be the top scores of your class, definitely above average.

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