You’ve studied content, practiced timing, taken mock tests, studied some more, and now it’s almost game time. Whether you’re preparing for the SAT or ACT, here are a few simple steps to make sure that you rock test day.
The Night Before the Test:
Don’t wear your brain out cramming the day before the test.
Instead spend some time visualizing the day ahead: What time will you leave for the test? What’s your plan for staying focused during the reading section?
Get a good night’s sleep
Get your test day pack ready! Make sure to bring:
- Your ticket
- Photo I.D.
- No. 2 pencils
- A calculator with fresh batteries
- A watch
- A snack
- A sweatshirt, in case your room gets cold
The Day of the Test:
Eat a protein-filled breakfast when you wake up on test morning.
Arrive at the testing center 20 to 30 minutes early.
Take a deep breath, stretch your hands and feet, and do your best — that’s all anyone can expect of you. Trust that all your practice will kick in.
*Bonus tip! If you do freeze up and feel anxiety taking over, draw a little picture on your test booklet. Drawing uses a different part of your brain than the analytical side employed in standardized testing, so a quick doodle will help diffuse your moment of stress.
You’ve got this!