Quite a few of you have come to me to discuss your anxiety about the upcoming SAT. I’m here to tell you: don’t stress! That’s the worst thing you can do. Here are some tips for you to prepare for an awesome day of accomplishment:
Don’t stress. The worst thing you could do is come to school on SAT Day freaking out. You’re just asking for a brain fart. Remain calm, cool, and collected. I know it’s easier said than done. I’ve gone through many of these tests in my short lifetime and I’ve always done my best work when I just decided to remain “chill” and let the day unfold as it will.
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
Just like any other marathon-like event, you need fuel! Your brain will be working, give it something to go on. Make sure you eat a healthy breakfast that includes proteins, healthy carbohydrates, etc. Don’t cram a Pop-Tart in your mouth and call it a morning. Fruits, vegetables, and eggs will keep you going until lunch. Stay away from greasy and sugary foods for sure.
- Get plenty of sleep the night before Test Day.
Go to bed early. Put the phone, computer, and television away about an hour before you need to go to bed. Eat a good, healthy dinner and do not attempt to study or psyche yourself out.
- Prepack a small bag with pencils, healthy snack options, and a calculator.
If you are easily distracted by noises, I’d even pack some of those cheap ear plugs from the drug store.
- Leave the electronics at home or in your locker.
You won’t be allowed to have your electronics with you anyway! Reduce the temptation and just leave them somewhere you’ll know they’ll be safe.
- Show up early.
You know what I say: “To be early is to be on time. To be on time is to be late. To be late is to be dead.” You’ll feel more comfortable showing up early than you will if you rush and barely make it on time. You’ll have more time to get settled and prepare your space and mind.
- Stay in the moment and don’t stray into the past, or future.
- Take your time and trust your gut.
This goes with psyching yourself out and stressing. Stay on the question and set you’re on. Take your time. Do not attempt to rush. Generally speaking, staying with your first answer is the best idea. Do not overthink your answers. If you are one of those individuals who goes back to check your answers, that’s great. But, unless it’s obvious that the answer is incorrect, do not change it! Rushing to “just get it over with already” will take a toll on your nerves, too. Take your time.
Over-preparing is a real thing when it comes to academic endeavors. The SAT isn’t really an assessment that you can study for. You can read all of the SAT preparation books the library and Barnes and Nobles has to offer, but the fact remains that you will be wasting a lot of time on things you find you may already know. Just take your time on the test, get plenty of rest the night before, and kill it!
Good luck to all of my juniors on Wednesday. I know you’ll do great things!