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

Test preparation is a skill that I think some smart people don't utilize enough. In high school, I knew a lot of bright kids in my AP U.S. History class, most of whom scored a 2 or lower on the test! I knew it had nothing to do with their level of intelligence or study ethics, but rather the fact that they loaded up on donuts and chatted away before the test.
I scored a 4 on the test, not to brag or anything, and I attribute it to my preparation before the big test. The most important thing is to get a good nights sleep before the test. This can be difficult, because my brain always wants me to stay up all night stressing, but it's crucial you get some solid sleep. The morning of the test, I always start off with a good snack. This particular day, I had an apple cut up in little baby slices, which I dipped in peanut butter before the test. I suppose compared to the glazed donuts my classmates ate, I was being the pinnacle of health. I also sat with my earbuds in, blasting Debussy's Clair de Lune. Usually I use this song to fall asleep, but somehow it also works as a good energizer before a test. It must just be something about Debussy! I think since it put me in a state to gather my thoughts and chill out, instead of discussing summer plans with my pals, I did better with wrangling my thoughts up during the test.
The secret to testing, in my opinion, is always making sure your mind is clear and unbothered so you can focus as much as possible on the questions. If you're thinking about the grumble in your belly, or the desire to lay your head on the desk and doze off, you've got no hope!

Faith from Utah
College Freshman
American University of Paris