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

I've done it. I've put in the work, I've taken the time to learn and master to the best of my abilities the material given to me. I've taken whatever examinations to test my knowledge of the material and passed with flying colors. The exams were easy because I put in the time to know the material like the back of my hand. I open my eyes as the instructor says, "Open your tests, you may begin. Good luck." I close my eyes one more time, take a deep breath, and repeat what I've just said to myself. My best test preparation practices aside from learning the material as best I can through methods of writing repetitiously, flashcards, reading, and self-quizzing are to visualize myself completing the task at hand. No matter how stressed I am, or how hard the test, I always visualize myself not only doing the test well but reassuring myself that I've done all I can to prepare for this very moment. I visualize myself being given my score, and I've done extremely well, a testament to all the hard work I put in. Should I do poorly for whatever reason, my next best practice is to learn from my mistakes and to move on in preparation for a make-up exam, or the next test scheduled. What's done is done, and it cannot be changed. Visualizing yourself doing well and letting go of what you cannot control are two of the essential test practices that I feel others do not practice either enough or at all.

James from Maryland
College Freshman
Western Governors University