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

Testing is something that strikes fear into the hearts of millions- at least I hope I’m not the only one. As a lifelong athlete, the game is the test. And its all about practice. Test preparation need not be worthy of the heart-pounding initiated by a teacher calling for a pop-quiz. As long as one has time to prepare, everything is going to be okay. Up to date, I believe my performance has been more than sufficient. In high school, I maintained a 4.0 GPA. Following this with an ACT score of 32, I was accepted into my dream college of BYU. I took 12 AP courses in high school. My college GPA after 3 semesters with an astounding 95.5 credits is 3.96. I work hard. I put in effort, and I truly care about the world of academia. Studying effectively is essential and saves hours of cramming. The best test prep is actually to stay on top of classes and homework. This means participating in class, listening, and focusing. As such, I like to dissuade any possible distractions and diversions. My cell phone is put away, all else on backburner. After class, a review of sorts before the next class. It took years, but eventually I learned this is why homework exists. It is practice and a way to cement the information in the brain. In review before a test, I like to reread and rewrite on a large whiteboard everything I thought was of value from notes, lecture slides, and readings. This visualization from all the collections and sources helps me sort out key items and meanings. It helps big picture along with specialization. As a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I was required to learn the local language. This was one of the most difficult tests of my entire life. I would try and study before we left every morning at 10am to proselyte, and it was a mess for months. I was studying religion and language. Not giving up and pushing through embarrassment and failure was the real test. I needed to learn another way of learning and a different kind of test.

Maya from Utah
College Sophomore
Brigham Young University