Taking the SAT is one of the most stressful things that a student can do. This is why most students study until it becomes physically painful. However, getting the desired SAT score requires much more than studying until you don’t think you can study anymore. The preparation also continues on test day and prepping the right way will keep your stress level down.
As a matter of fact, reducing the chaos before you sit down to take the test will allow you to be better prepared for one of the most important tests in your life. If everything is confusing and chaotic before you enter the room, you are going to continue feeling anxious and unorganized throughout the test.
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
The following are tips that will help test day move as smoothly as possible:
- Know exactly where the SAT test center is at and use an online mapping program to determine exactly where it is. If you have a GPS device, that is even better. Allow yourself enough time to arrive 30 minutes before test time. You will have to check in prior to the SAT appointment. Bring your photo ID and SAT admission ticket.
- Do not stay up all night before taking the test. You may be tempted to study, but not getting enough sleep can make all of the studying you have done nearly irrelevant.
- Eat a good breakfast. Eating a balanced breakfast can boost your brain power and will prevent you from being distracted by a growling stomach during the test.
- While taking the test, answer the easy questions first. Harder questions aren’t worth more points.
- Don’t be afraid to guess on a question if you are able to rule out one or more answers. Devise a guessing strategy before you take the test.
- Determine when you will want to skip an SAT question. This will keep you from spending ten minutes on trying to eliminate incorrect answers.
- Bring a watch with you so you can keep track of time. It can be very easy to lose track of time. Plus, you can see how much time you have left after answering the easy questions so you know how much time to spend on the hard ones.
In addition to utilizing these tips, it is also good to engage in some relaxation techniques before entering the test center. Sit in the car and take deep breaths. Try to clear your mind and tell yourself that you are going to do a great job. The moment you start to feel stressed during the test, revisit that moment of peace you had in the car and take deep breaths so you can keep your mind free of the negative thoughts that can break your concentration.