Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.

One of the best ways to prepare for a great test is to mentally convince yourself "It is what it is." You should try your best, but you also need to accept that worrying about it makes you nowhere near your level of ability. The biggest issue for test takers is pressure and self-damaging thoughts. One needs to be able to put their mind and body in a resting state. You should, of course, study in advance to prepare to what you might see on the test. A consistent study should also be calm and planned ahead, not rushed; crammed information is harder to remember for most than information carefully studied. After you have studied, before the test, you must isolate yourself physically or mentally through calming audio and meditate. Drink some water to keep your body healthy and hydrated. First, you have to accept that this test will not determine life or death. This test will is not the be all or end all. Thinking that the test will only have two options, ultimate failure or ultimate success, will tip the scale to failure. So avoid overestimating this test. Second, you have to accept that you tried studying and you are not at fault for the world not meeting your needs. You can't control everything; you can only control what is in your range of ability. During the test, answer the questions you know how to solve, skip the ones you don't. If you do not know or are unsure on how to solve a specific problem, move on and come back later. Worrying about that problem will only waste time, and you control what you do in that span of time. Do the ones you know and these will be in your control. The ones you don't know, you can't change; you have to accept that that problem will not change if you keep staring at it as this test won't change once its in front of you. Third, remember that getting uncomfortable is just part of the process. It's part of preparing for the test, taking the test, and seeing the result of the test. This is part of life; do what you can and breathe it in.

Abdullh from Michigan
High School Senior
Cass Technical High School