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

The room is quiet except for the soft scratch of pencils on paper and the rhythmic ticking of the dusty old clock on the wall. For as long as I can remember, I have been taking tests: long or short, big or small, crucial or menial. Suffice it to say, I have done it all, but along the way I have learned many lasting test preparation practices. One such practice is the use of flashcards. There is something about seeing words or pictures on a piece of paper or online that registers a different part of my brain. For me, it becomes a matching game and my mind is able to better connect the dots between the various information. Rather than memorizing the information just for the sake of passing the assessment, I develop a deeper understanding of the concepts which I find can generally relate to my life. Also, you get to go through your material at least twice: once while making the flashcards and the second time when you review them. Another test preparation practice that has worked well for me throughout the years is having a study buddy. I have noticed when I study on my own that I prematurely think I know the material and am sufficiently prepared for the test. In reality, I am rarely as prepared as I would like to be. The opposite can be said when I study with a friend. Since we are working together to study, we work off each other's ideas and take turns quizzing each other. This method has worked well for me as I can physically talk things out with another individual. Besides, more often than not, two brains are better than one. One last test preparation practice is the act of writing the material out. I am a very visual and hands-on learner, so I take hand-written notes. Even when I study on my own, I write down everything I know and then go from there. Especially for free response tests, this has been most helpful. All of these practices have helped me prepare for tests past, present, and future. Now time's up, pencils down, happy knowing you did your best...

Kaeleigh from Utah
College Sophomore
Brigham Young University