Each CAA coach knows what it is like to face exams in school. Each of us has at least a bachelor’s degree, so we have taken our share of tests. Below are a few things you can use to help you get ready for any test you take in school. Some can even be used as you prepare for the SAT and/or ACT.
First, you always want to read the directions. It seems almost too obvious to mention, but you might be surprised how many people fail to do so. If there are any words or instructions in the directions that you don’t understand, ask the teacher or test proctor to clarify them. The rest of the class may have been too afraid to raise their hands. Then, you need to make sure that you follow those directions. It does not help if you ignore those parameters.
Next, you may want to clarify how the test will be graded. This is true for the SAT, ACT and your History class exam. Will spelling and punctuation count? Do you need to show your work on your math test or do you just need the answer? Are some questions worth more points than others? Will the teacher give partial credit for any answers? Make sure to ask your questions before the test begins.
Third, it is important to get your body ready to take a test. This means that you need to do your best to sleep well the night before your exam. If you’ve been studying regularly and efficiently, you can enjoy your sweet dreams while some of your peers are cramming. Also, be sure to have something to eat before you take the test. You don’t want to come to class hungry and with your stomach growling. That can take your energy away from the test and cause you to be distracted.
Last, make sure that you go in with a positive attitude. Practically everyone feels nervous about taking tests. Turn that nervousness into a plus. Your attitude definitely counts. Psych yourself up with positive energy and be confident in your preparation.
Do you need to talk about your concerns? Your CAA coaches are here to help. Contact us soon if you want to talk about your next test and make sure you are doing everything you can to be prepared.