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

I believe that the best test practice comes from taking official practice tests in realistic time settings, and scrutinizing every mistake when reviewing said tests. There are a few key points that make this foolproof method so effective. First, and arguably the most important, is the visual obviousness of progress one can see with every test. It becomes a game of some sorts for the student, as they get to push themselves to get that "high score." It allows them to see their progress in the actual scores of their tests, which is crucial to the students not losing hope in studying until test day. Another great aspect is the "mind memory" (much like muscle memory) that testing in a timed, controlled environment creates. When a student completes each section timed and without pauses, they will be much more prepared for the real test than the student who did a few problems during a commercial break on TV, half listening to their mom tell them to do the dishes. Completing each section of a practice test timed will create a rhythm the test take may not even realize they are forming. Lastly, the use of official, previous years tests as practice tests prepares a student to see questions almost identical as those they will be faced with come test day. With these key points, as well as dedication and the desire to succeed, a students potential is limitless.

Reed from California
High School Senior
La Jolla High School