Relax, the Library Has Your Back: A Few Tips for Taking a Test
April 24, 2013
Woe to the days of studying and cramming information into my head the night before a major, (and possibly) standardized test. I was never really a good test taker, and I don’t propose that I am now a better one after taking enough of them, but I do know that there are some things to make it a little easier when the test day comes.
- Study what you don’t really know. If your math skills are super sharp but your science lacks its luster, break out a few study sessions with friends, music, or the silence your brilliant mind basks in—whatever your style, just make the space the one you need to study and study well.
- Eat breakfast and put a little protein into that meal, too! Breakfast is one of the most important meals, and it's been found that protein is going to help you stay fuller longer, plus it’ll release serotonin in your brain so you’re more attentive.
- Relax. Don’t do a cram jam the night before the big day. Go to a movie or hang out with friends. Just remember to have fun.
- Breathe. If you’re feeling the anxiety bug biting you while you’re waiting for the test to start, take at least six slow deep breaths. Breathe so that your stomach goes out when you breathe in. It’s a meditation trick I use to calm myself before a presentation or test. Plus, the extra oxygen in my brain helps me feel awake and alert.
- After-Party. Plan for it. When it’s all said and done, you need to know that you’ve done your best through the long study sessions and hard practice tests. So have some fun.
If you’re getting yourself into the mindset to take a standardized test like the ACT or a CLEP test, you may want to check out LearningExpress Library for course and practice tests. And you might want to glance at the Testing & Education Reference Center, too. It has a lot of really good tips for many standardized tests as well as online study books.
I’m using them to study now, and I’ve found them really helpful and awesomely up-to-date for the tests I’m taking. Rather than finding a book to study for the 2010 version of the test, the online resources are always preparing you for the current test.