Last week, the EA Team posted some helpful tips to prepare for the exam. Here they are again in case you missed them. (The rationale behind each one can be found on our blog at our website www.educationallyaware.com.)
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1. Verify that your registration slip is correct and that photo identification can be easily accessed. Decide where you will place it.
2. Sharpen at least four pencils (or as many as you feel comfortable taking to the exam , make sure you have erasers, and replace the batteries in your calculator.
3. Decide what high protein breakfast you will have that morning. A meal that is filled with sugar and/or carbohydrates will interfere with your performance on the test.
4. Purchase a high-protein snack (protein bar or nuts) and water to consume during your SAT break.
5. Plan your transportation to the SAT. Who will drive and determine how long it will take to get there on time or early?
Well, those are the five that get you ready physically for the challenge, but everyone needs some tips to calm their nerves. With each tip below, we have provided the reason why we suggest the action because when a student understands how or why a strategy works, he or she will be more likely to actually do it.
1. REVIEW the EA Test Prep Strategies for each section of the SAT each time you feel anxious as a reminder that you possess new, proven test-taking skills for each type of question on this exam. If you did not take a course with us, remind yourself of whatever strategies you have learned.
Why? Reminding yourself that you have acquired these strategies helps reduce anxiety and allows you to remember the successes you have experienced using them. Additionally, it provides another opportunity to make sure that you fully understand those strategies.
2. DO NOT PRACTICE any SAT questions on the day before the exam.
Why? If you get one answer incorrect, it will cause you to worry that you will not do well on the exam. As one student said, “I got one wrong, and I felt I wasn’t going to get the score I wanted.”
3. Sometimes, it is difficult to fall asleep the night before an event that you feel is important. The SAT can fall into that category, but DON’T WORRY about getting a good night’s rest.
Why? You will have enough adrenaline to keep you focused during the SAT whether you have had a restful night’s sleep or not. (No doubt, you will be exhausted after the exam.)
4. REPEAT your EA anxiety-reducing term(s) and remind yourself to use the word(s) until the exam is complete if you should feel nervous during the exam. Remember that deep breathing will help control tension. At EA w recommend that you close your eyes and breathe in for the count of four, hold it for a count a four, and breathe out for the count of four. Then open your eyes and resume your focus with new clarity. These few seconds of relief from answering questions will save you from answering questions incorrectly.
Why? These word(s) help control your anxiety, which reduces the cortisol that is released in your body. Once your body releases the cortisol, it interferes with your ability to concentrate.
5. VISIT www.fairtest.org and review the colleges that are “test optional.” Identify one school that is not interested in your SAT score that you would like to attend. Imagine yourself entering as a member of that college’s freshman class.
Why? Reminding yourself that some schools are not interested in your SAT score reduces your anxiety about the test. A lower level of tension increases your performance
Remember, the largest “item” you will take into the exam are the strategies you have learned. If you have our proven EA Test Strategies, you are well on your way to achieving a high score on the exam.
Remember, the next SAT exams will be given on May 7 and June 4. Our small classes (maximum of 6 students) for those exams are already filling, and these classes will still be held on Zoom. The next class begin Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30. If you want to become part of the EA family, contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (845.582.0017).
GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!