Congratulations to you. You made it to your junior year in High School. You’re a good student; you diligently study, volunteer in class and have managed to maintain a good average. You hold down a part-time job and are active in the community. You embody everything that any university or college would want in a freshman. All you have to do is get a good score on the SAT’s and you’re in. Simple right?
Well, not so simple for some students. If you are one of those students who ‘freak out’ when it comet to taking tests, here are a few tips to help you remain calm while taking the SAT’s (the same techniques can be used while taking the ACT’s also):
Before the Test:
- Get a good night’s sleep the night before the test. You want to be well rested before you take the test. The reasons are obvious.
- Exercise before you take the SAT. If you’re scheduled to take a nine o’clock SAT tests get up a little early and go for a walk. If you’re already an athlete go for and Ron. Getting rid of the nervous energy not only calms the body but it calms the mind. Release those endorphins so you can ace the SAT.
- Give yourself enough time to get there on time. Rushing and the fear of being late is a major source of stress.
- Have a light meal with proteins. Stay away from the heavy carbs and sugar. The carbs and sugar will make you feel sluggish right at the time when you most need to be awake. A large meal will put you to sleep shortly after eating it. Keep it light. A protein meal will slowly release energy thus sustaining your energy level for the duration of the test. You can have your sugar and carbs once the test is over.
During the test:
- Chew gum. Chewing gum helps to release some of the nervous energy. It’s better than tapping your foot or clicking a pen top. Be mindful of how you chew the gum however, don’t crack, smack or pop the gum. The other SAT test takers won’t take to kindly to constant gum popping.
- Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing. Taking deep breaths not help to release tension, but it also increases the oxygen flow to your brain. This will calm you and give your brain the boost it needs.
Take the test again, if you’re unsatisfied with how you did. The beauty of the SAT test is that you can take it several times with the ability to submit your highest score to the college or university of your choice. If you seem to have trouble getting an acceptable score, take an SAT or ACT preparatory class. They cost money but the financial investment is well worth it in the long run.