From what others have told me rarely anyone gets scores that their proud of after their first attempt, so I guess in theory I shouldn't be too stressed out. At least at this point when my score return is still some 6 weeks away. (March 20) I wasn't nervous going into the test which is kind of odd if you think about it; I mean everyone becomes a nervous wreak walking into any testing site. But I was calm and maybe a touch over-confident since I'm in SAT prep and my AP language teacher had sacrificed the last 3 weeks of her lesson plans to get our class prepared for the SAT. And my teacher's advice really did work, if I wasn't able to answer every question in each section then at least I was able to have look at each one. SAT prep is somewhat of a joke since we focused on primarily geometry questions and there was only like 1 geometry question on the entire test! I found the SAT essay a breeze since I am in AP Language and the prompt I got for SAT was 10 times easier than any prompt I could ever get in AP.
Overall I felt like this was a good experience. I mean this IS my first time sitting for the SAT and its OK if my scores come back less than stellar. I can still take them in June after I've fully completed my SAT prep class and raise my scores that way. I think the test is hyped up just a little too much. I mean the SAT is supposed to be the test that determines whether or not your getting into Ivy league or if your going to that clown college across the street. I also found the whole "Time is the most important thing ever" thing a little overrated. I mean 10 minutes to do 14 questions sounds ridiculously hard but by the time 5 minute mark came around I found myself humming songs I had listened to the day before out loud. When you have time to hum out 'He had it coming" from Chicago in its entirety while your supposed to be taking a test, there's something wrong there. I don't know, maybe its just me with my sense of over-preparedness. I mean everyone handles stress and test taking differently and this was just my own experience.
I felt that the SAT wasn't nearly as hard as everyone made it out to be. But who knows, maybe I'm just over confident or something. This time next month I'll probably be singing and entirely different tune. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.