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

Given I'm in my senior year of high school, I've spent a lot of time in the near past taking tests, thinking about tests, and stressing about how to prepare. The SAT and ACT were all matters of great contention, but going through the motions of taking them helped me to prepare a method of test-preparation that I now follow religiously.
The most important aspect is my lucky sweats. It may sound corny, but every big test I have, I wear sweatpants and a hoodie. Comfort is key. It's impossible to think about the subject matter when all that's on your mind is how itchy your jacket is. And, of course, my superstition gives me confidence which almost always leads to results.
Right before a test, I always like to give one last once-over of my review material. Having problems that might be on the test fresh in your mind is essential. So many times I've seen questions that I know like the back of my hand because I had just reviewed them in the hallway.
Even if you don't know what exactly will be tested, having parts of the information can be used for deductive reasoning. So many topics are interconnected; knowing one thing might help you determine another.
The night before, I always read through my notes, or a study guide if it's provided. Sometimes if I don't remember a specific piece of information I'll just write it down, which helps to commit it to memory. Just reading through the material is very refreshing to the mind, and it brings back any information that may have been lost in the weeks it's been since it was presented to you. I like to remind myself that it isn't crucial to commit everything to memory! Understanding the concepts is much more important, as understanding how and why a system works can help you to answer any question about that system, while just understanding one scenario can only help you answer questions about that one scenario.
But, of course, no matter how insecure I am about the information, I'll always wear my lucky sweat pants.

Samuel from Colorado
High School Senior
George Washington High School