How to study for a Year 12 SAC

The process is simple.

There’s an easy step-by-step process that I’d suggest following every time you have a SAC or test (this applies to not only Year 12 but every other year level).



Step 1: Find out what’s on the SAC

This sounds obvious, but many students don’t do it!

Use your teachers. Use your family and friends who are past students to give you tips on these specific SACs. Also, past SACs to give an indication of what will be on this one.

It’s important to use the relationship with your teacher to its fullest potential. Teachers are there to help you. If you want to succeed in Year 12, one of the biggest keys to doing well is utilizing your teachers’ knowledge and willingness to spend time helping you.


Step 2: Do practice questions

There are so many resources out there that you practically have infinite practice questions to do if you’re willing to put in the time and effort to do well. Checkpoints and our Fortify study guide series are the best options, and if you’d like to see a comparison of a few guides on the market, check out our comparison blog post here.

See if you can get past SACs off your teachers so you know what last year’s students had to work towards. Unfortunately, many schools will reuse past SACs each year so you may not have access to these, but just get your hands on as many practice exams and SACs as you can.

Also, don’t forget about simply doing every single question in your textbook that relates to the SAC content!


Step 3: Create a study group

Get a group of friends together who can hold each other accountable. When I was in Year 12, myself and a small group of mates had a very strong competitive nature, driving us to be our best possible selves. If you can have a group of people like this, that will be one of your keys to success.

Get together once a week and work on whatever it is that needs working on at that time. People working towards a common goal is a very powerful force to be reckoned with.


Step 4: Prioritise your time

I know it’s difficult, but you have to make sure you properly prioritise. If you have a few SACs over the next week, it’s important to map out your time efficiently. That way, you know how much time you should allocate to each one.

The hardest part is trying not to let the stress of it all get to you.

What you need to do is break everything down. If you have a SAC tomorrow and three days from now, you need to focus on the one tomorrow until that’s over. Then, move on to the one three days from now. If you have two on the same day, you’ll just need to gauge which subject requires the most attention and skew your time accordingly.


Step 5: Set yourself a standard, not an expectation

When you set an expectation that you’re going to get a 90% in your next SAC, there’s three possible ways you can lose.

1. You don’t reach your expectations and are disappointed in yourself.
2. Your expectations are reached, but you inevitably think that you could have done better, and are disappointed in yourself.
3. You stress out before the SAC, worrying that you won’t reach your own expectation and anticipate the disappointment in yourself.
Sounds highly counterproductive when I say it like that, right?

Instead, what you want to do is set yourself a standard. Check out the video below to see what I mean!

A standard is what you set when you say to yourself “I’m going to put 100% into my study for this SAC (and even this year as a whole) and I’m going to put 100% into the SAC itself when I sit down to complete it.” This allows you to let go of the uncontrollable outcome, and take control of your input.

When humans are out of control of their destiny, they feel scared. You can combat this hugely by simply judging your success on your input rather than your outcome.

This is easier said than done, but it’s entirely possible and well worth trying to emulate.


Do the SAC!

Now that you know how to study for a Year 12 SAC, go and apply this to all your SACs. All of these contribute to your ATAR score, so try to stick by this! Regardless of which subjects you need to use this for, it will work. Let us know how you go and comment below if you have any questions. Share this on Facebook with anyone who needs to read about how to study for a Year 12 SAC.