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

The best preparation for a test is no preparation at all, well at least that’s the case for the day before the test. The week leading up to taking the test is a different story. It becomes a 4 day process of preparation.
Day One: know thy enemy, the first day is all about figuring out what you don’t know, no matter how prepared for a test anyone is there will always be a point of weakness. Whether that be memorizing equations or misunderstanding a point in history, now is the time to discover what you need to spend the next 3 days practicing and going over. The most important resource on this day is your teacher. Whether it be a simple test or an AP test, you can always ask your teacher to help guide you towards what you need to be studying and the best way to go about it. They understand the subject better than you do and will always be of help. This day is also a great time to set up study groups or ask a friend to help tutor you.
Over the course of the next few days use this information to feel as prepared for the test as possible. Study in bursts, in between other tasks that you have to get done, this will help you retain information better. It also helps to talk about it aloud or to teach the subject to someone else, the more you are comfortable talking about the subject, the better you will know it.
The trickiest part of this whole process is the day before the test. That day is meant for relaxation. The test should be out of your mind until it is set on the table before the next day. The more you think about, the more anxious you get, the more you want to keep working, and the less secure your feel about taking it the next day. It is a slippery slope that leads to stress and anxiety, it will make you feel less prepared than you were before you started the process.
Sticking to this plan will ensure you do the best possible job you can on testing day and guarantee you a great score.

Manuel from Texas
High School Senior
Valle Verde Early College High School