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

When you hear your teacher say the word test, it seems like an automatic "Oh no!" moment happens. Testing is incredibly intimidating and can be the difference between a good and bad grade. I have never been a good test taker, often tests would be the very thing standing between me and my goals. My junior year of high school I enrolled in a calculus class that has enabled me to gain the essential skills needed to pass tests.
First off I realized the I had to control my initial anxious response to being given a test. This was crucial so that I did not spend the entire test over thinking everything, I took several deep breaths, reassured myself that I knew the information, and I moved on, The second, and perhaps most essential skill that I learned, was to learn how you earned points on the tests. Every question had a different number of points that you could score on it. Sometimes the hardest question would have a very low number of points. This meant that even if I spent a substantial amount of time working on the question, it likely would have very little effect on whether I passed the test or not. As such, I spent my time focusing on the questions that had the biggest impact, the ones that were worth the most points and would be the more influential. This helped me greatly and in doing so, testing became significantly easier throughout the school year.
Overall I learned that I needed to know the test, figure out the logistics of it and understand the process. I also learned not to stress if I didn't know the answer to one problem as spending too much time in one place can be detrimental. Lastly, I learned that I needed to know how my brain worked. Once I understood my anxious response to the test could be controlled, I did exponentially better at tests and grew substantially as a person. I also applied these strategies in other classes and will continue to do so as I move on to college. Learn the test and learn yourself; that is how to succeed.

Serra from Utah
High School Senior
Kearns High School