There’s more than one way to prep for the SATs to ensure your best chance of success. Once you are primed to tackle the academics, it is time to focus on the practical. Remember it only takes one sleepless night, a forgotten pencil, or a wrong turn driving to change your composure into chaos on test day. All that can be avoided with some simple, yet thorough, SATurday strategies for SAT success.
Being is good physical condition on test day not only reduces anxiety, but also will keep your brain functioning better. Start early on Friday night to prepare for a good night sleep. Stay away from caffeinated drinks or electronic games that may make you agitated. Read a book or listen to music. Calm your mind and sleep will follow.
Make a checklist of what you need on Saturday and get all of your supplies in order the night before. Be sure you have your admission ticket, photo ID, pencils, sharpeners, eraser, a healthy snack and beverage for the break, and other items such your purse or backpack and a fully charged cell phone. Lay out your clothes for an added measure of confidence. Be sure to read up on what you are NOT allowed to bring, so there will be no unexpected delays or hassles when you arrive at the test center.
SATurday strategies for SAT success include giving yourself plenty of time in the morning to get dressed and enjoy a balanced breakfast; enough so that you will not be hungry during the test, but not so much that you will get sluggish. Dressing comfortably in layers will also allow you to adjust to fluctuating temperatures throughout the day.
Get a head start by mapping out the route to the test center on your GPS the night before. Plan to arrive at least 15 before the test starts so you can register and have a chance to become familiar with your surroundings. Find your seat and then….deep breath.