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

Tests are designed to assess someone's knowledge in a particular subject area, such as math, science, and grammar; and I am happy to say I have always been a good test taker.
The strategies that work for me are to use study guides if the teacher provides them, and if not I make my own flash cards and practice quizzes with questions I think might be on the test. This tactic has been successful for me over and over again, especially in a zoology course I took. I feel the course closely resembled the pacing and difficulty of a college course, even though it was taught at the high school level. Coming up with potential test questions helps me to learn the material through repetition. I keep on taking the tests until I score perfectly.
A similar strategy delivered success for me on the ACT. The summer before my junior year of high school I took dozens of practice tests, not ones I made, but sample ACT portions provided by a testing company. After I completed each sample test, I went back and tried to understand what I had done wrong on the questions I missed. One again, repetition paid off.
When I took the actual ACT, I was surprised to find the real test was easier than the practice tests had been. I scored a 34 out of 36 on the test. I had learned this tactic from someone who had scored a perfect 36.
Armed with the test taking skills I have gained in high school, I am ready for college and whatever the professors throw at me.

Justin from Minnesota
High School Senior
Wayzata High School