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

The Best Test Taking Strategies
During my 12 year tenure in school, I took many tests. I’ve taken the Gifted and Talented test, countless STAAR Tests ( Texas State test), class finals, not to mention the SAT. I’ve performed exceptionally well on all, but how? The secret to performing well on tests is getting enough sleep, reading the question first, and studying with flashcards. First of all, in today's society sleep is overlooked when it comes to preparing for a test, but in reality it's essential. It’s hard to stay focused when you’re tired.When I took the English STAAR test I was half asleep. Though I was answering all the questions, I was not focused. Luckily my pencil fell snapping me out of my stupor. I went back over all my questions (another good test taking strategy) and discovered the majority of my answers made absolutely no sense at all. Taking a test while tired can lead to picking the wrong answers which is why getting enough sleep before testing is very important. Secondly, I would like to say that reading the question first is a great strategy for testing.This strategy is controversial though, as many teachers believe students will skim the passage instead of reading for content. That is true to some extent, but this strategy proves useful on timed tests. It increases the speed in which students gather, and interpret information giving them more time to check their answers or go to the next section of the test. Great strategy to use on English test. Lastly, many can agree that studying is essential to getting good grades and boosting performances on tests. That is correct and I believe the most effective way to study is flashcards. When using flashcards with friends, the possibilities are endless, there are matching games, around the world games, and many more. This enables students to learn the material while competing with others thus creating motivation. Studying flashcards alone is also beneficial, helping the human brain retain information.

Keenan from Texas
High School Senior
Samuel Clemens