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

Preparing for a test doesn’t have to be a stressful event. Tests should be a review of what you have already studied and learned. If you are properly prepared, then demonstrating your knowledge shouldn’t be difficult. Below are a few techniques that I use, and they have served me well.
First, I start preparing for the test a couple of days before the actual test day. I gather all my written materials such as text books, class notes, and review packets. It is important to make sure that all the review packets are completed, and the answers are correct.
Once I have gotten my study materials together, I start the review. I try not to wait until the last night to do all my review. There are always some things that are easier to remember than others, so I get help from friends and family to quiz me on the less familiar items. I repeat this exercise the second evening before the test and work to be in bed at a reasonable time to get a good night’s sleep. The morning of the test I get up a little earlier to do one last review, eat breakfast, and leave for school.
At school it is important to get to class on time. This is especially true on a test day. It is very distracting to run in at the last minute and sometimes the teacher will share some extra tidbits to help prepare students right before class starts.
When the teacher hands out the test, I read the directions completely before beginning. After reading the directions, I quickly scan the length of the test, so I can pace myself. As I move through the test questions, I answer the ones first that I absolutely know. I skip the ones that are more challenging or may require more time and come back to them later. After completing all the questions to the best of my ability, I go back and re-check my answers.
In conclusion, testing doesn’t have to be stressful if you prepare early and thoroughly. By using study strategies, you will be able to better recall information that you have already studied and learned.

Jonah from Illinois
High School Senior
Downers Grove South High School