Take a Deep Breath and . . .
Don’t freak out when you take the SAT. Sure, the test
is important, but many people act as if their entire lives depend
on how they do on this one exam. It’s just one test, and you can
even take it over again.
On test day, you want to sit down feeling confident and
positive. Do what you have to do to get in that mindset—wear a lucky
bracelet, do a hundred pushups, write love poetry—because you need
to believe in yourself when taking on the SAT. A positive outlook
increases your willingness to take an educated guess on a tough
probability item instead of leaving it blank. It helps
you trust inner ear, enabling you to answer a grammar item, even
though you don’t know the grammatical rule being tested. A positive
approach to the SAT is more important than any single fact or strategy
you could learn. Banish anxiety from your mind, and all the skills
and strategies you’ve learned to prepare for the SAT will take its