Test-Taking Strategies
Test Day
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 wacky delays.
  • 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.
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