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Test Prep To Do List

Test Prep To Do List

Ensure you have all of your ducks in a row before the exam so you won't feel rushed or need to scramble the day of the test.

Elizabeth Hoyt

January 22, 2014

We won’t beat around the bush: standardized tests are intimidating for students. But, the more you prepare, the more confident you’ll feel.

In order to ensure you’ve got all your ducks in a row, we thought a testing to-do list might be helpful and, hopefully, ease some of your worries about the exam.

Here’s a to-do list so you can prepare before you take the tests. Follow this list to exam success:

1. Register for the ACT/SAT

You can look online for test dates and register for the ACT and SAT online.

2. Take a Test Prep Course

Anything you can do to better prepare yourself for testing, like taking practice courses will help you.

3. Practice Online

Utilize online practice questions as they will help familiarize you with testing words and formatting.

4. Time Yourself

One of the most difficult aspects of standardized testing students find are the timed portions.

Keep track of your timing as you take practice tests, so you’ll be more confident the day of the exam.

5. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

While you will be stressed the night before an exam, make sure to try to get a good night’s sleep. That way, you’ll be alert and refreshed on the morning of the test.

6. Eat a Healthy Breakfast

Make sure to eat a healthy, balanced breakfast the morning of the exam. After all, everyone is more clear-headed on a full stomach.

7. Don’t Be Afraid to Retake

If you’re not happy with your first exam score, don’t shy away from trying again.

Often times, nerves get the best of students and they don’t perform as well as they should. The second (or third) time around will be more familiar and, as a result, more successful.

8. Don’t Scramble the Morning of the Exam

Prepare everything you need the night before the exam so you won’t feel rushed in the morning. Your identification, any papers you may need, pencils and a calculator should be packed and ready to go.

Check out these test day dos and don’ts for more tips.

9. Consider Hiring a Tutor

If you feel you need more individualized preparation, there are affordable tutors that can help. Often times, your high school will have resources and study groups available free of charge.

10. Relax

Easier said than done, right? But, remember, it is just an exam.

Ultimately, the exam that can be retaken – how many exams can you say that for? Exercise, breathe or do whatever helps to allow you to de-stress.


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