Here’s what you need to do:
- Wake up early enough to eat your normal
nutritious breakfast and relax. You should be able to go through
your usual routine without feeling rushed but with still enough
time to get to the test site at least 30 minutes early. You’ll want
to avoid, if possible, the unforeseen disasters of traffic or other
- Do not drink a lot of caffeine. Drink whatever amount
you’re used to, if you drink any at all. Caffeine is a diuretic—you
don’t want to need bathroom breaks or to feel distracted by having
to go and not wanting to take a break.
- Grab your prepacked bag and go.
- Once you arrive at the test site, be selfish. Do whatever
you need to do to put yourself in the proper mindset. Talk to friends,
listen to music, be by yourself. Do whatever relaxes you.
- When the test starts, stay calm. Trust your preparation
and effort. It will pay off. Focus completely on the test. Drown
out all other sensory input, aside from your timepiece. Don’t even
think about how you’re doing or scoring—just do it. You are an efficient,
savvy, test-taking machine. Take control of that test.