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

Test preparation can be very nerve wracking for many students. Some students may prepare for a test weeks before, days before, or even the night before. Whatever works best for that student is what they will do. Personally, depending on the kind of test, preparing a couple days before is what I believe is best. I would start out by pointing out exactly what material it is that I need to cover. What books I may need, what notes I’m going to look at, and what I need to look up on the internet. Once all of that is done, I usually read over the material. To help me memorize and remember something, I like to re-write it a couple times and repeat it out loud. This helps me to memorize something because I have written it several times as well as read it several times. Another thing I do to help me memorize or retain information is making flash cards. These really help a lot because you can do so much with flash cards. You can put a question on one side with the answer on the other. You can put a word on one side and a definition on the other. You can even use it for math, by putting a problem on one side and the correct answer on the other. Depending on the test each day I’ll focus on something different until the day before the test I’ll do a quick review of everything and focus on what I didn’t understand too well. This is typically what I do if it’s a school exam or quiz or test. However for bigger tests like SAT’s, or any other state wide tests, I prepare for weeks in advanced. I will typically do the same thing I do for smaller tests but instead of every day focusing on something different, I focus on one topic for 2 or 3 days. I will also take some practice exams to help me get use to the format of the test and get use to being timed, if it is a timed test, and to get use to the kind of questions they will ask. You also want to take small breaks while studying because it’s important to be calm and not stress out. You will also need some you time to keep u on track.

Nathalia from New Jersey
College Sophomore
Saint Peter’s University