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

I’ve taken many tests and learned some tips for them over the years. The first tip I learned was preparation. There is no substitute for preparation. If you haven't studied throughout the semester, reviewed prior to test day, or if you don't know the test material, all the test taking strategies in the world won't save you. Preparation is key. Spend as many hours as necessary to understand the material that will be covered on the test well enough to achieve a high score. Second, arrive early and take a moment before the test brings. You'll increase your confidence if you take time to relax. You'll be able to narrow your focus for the upcoming test. Arriving early may allow you time to ask any last minutes questions of instructor or listen to explanations being provided to other students. Third, read the test directions very carefully and watch for details. Test questions and directions often contain valuable information. Always read all directions carefully to ensure you understand what is being asked. It is not uncommon to have two correct answers on a multiple choice question. Pay attention to details. Fourth, plan on how you will use the allotted timeTake a moment to estimate how must time you'll have for each section of the test and each question. Allow enough time for more difficult sections or sections that are weighted more heavily in the final test grade. Pace yourself so you can complete the test in the allotted time frame. Complete the questions you know first then come back and tackle the problems you're not sure about after. Look for cues. If two answers are similar, they're usually not the correct answer. Look for cues from other questions. Fifth, answer all the questions. Even if you're running out of time and can’t answer all of the questions fully, it's important to answer all questions. Sixth, maintain a positive attitude. Do not lose confidence or waste time if you encounter confusing or difficult questions.

Sabrina from Indiana
High School Senior