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

To prepare for a test, I always review important topics or a study guide (either created by me or given to me by a teacher) three days before the test. Two days before the test, I do extra practice problems and give myself a mock test on the material, then score it to see how I did. On the day before the test, I correct my mistakes on practice problems, review important details that pertain to each test (i.e. important dates, names of scientists, equations, types of sonnets), and review the topics I struggled on the practice test I took the day before. This process helps me because I identify the material I am not confident in, and then study that as opposed to studying information I already know. On the night before a test, I try to go to bed early and to eat breakfast in the morning.

To prepare for an exam or for a standardized test, I typically purchase a review book online. Although older books are less expensive, I try to purchase newer books because exams are updated and improved every year. Recent versions of review books are more relevant. I do not begin reviewing until I have learned all the course material. Once I do, I take a practice exam and score it to see how much I need to improve and how much material I need to review. I start reviewing the topics I scored the worst on, and continue to take mini practice tests periodically to track my progress. On the night before an exam, I relax and go to bed early, wake up early, and make myself a nice breakfast.

I am also a firm believer in the "look good, feel good, do well" mentality, so I try to dress in comfortable but nice clothing to make me feel confident and relaxed while taking an exam or test.

Alyssa from New Jersey
High School Senior
Wayne Valley High School