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

The best test preparation practice for me is another test. It is a very simple concept that applies to all areas where an individual’s performance is important. When I play soccer the best practices are scrimmages. When I make art the most recent attempt is usually my best. This is because human nature involves learning from mistakes. Humans learn best from making an error and recognizing it so that it is not repeated. When I want to study for a test, the best way to study is through answering and analyzing practice questions. Personally, I hate mistakes. This makes me remember every mistake that I make on a practice test so that I do not make it on the real test. My theory is shown through my own SAT scores. I took the exam four different times and every time my score went up by 50 points. That is because I looked through my old exams and found my mistakes. The strategy of using old exams as preparation is useless if the mistakes are not analyzed. It is important to understand things in an academic world, so practicing incorrect answers without fixing the mental pathway that got you to them is counter intuitive.

Lucas from Virginia
High School Senior
Warwick High School