These tips on preparing for the SAT test can probably help prepare for a chess tournament. Only the things that compare to helping with chess matches have been included below.
Preparing for the SATs
So, you’re thinking about taking the SAT or the PSAT, but you’re not sure you’re ready. Naturally, you’re nervous. What to do?
Don’t panic. The following tips can help you can take control during the days leading up to the test, manage the pressure, and prepare for a successful test taking experience.
Take practice tests.
Taking stock of your strong and lousy subjects lets you know what you don’t have to worry about and those areas that will demand more studying.
Now, face your weak spots... and face them again. Practice the toughest material. Master it and congratulate yourself when you do.
The best test takers do less and less preparation work as test day approaches. Ease off your study schedule and take it easy on yourself. You want to be relaxed and ready on the day of the SAT. Give yourself some time off, especially the night before the exam.
To avoid last minute tension, drive to the test location a day or two before the test and check it out. Map out the easiest, quickest way to get there. You will have great peace of mind if you know that all the little details are completely in your control before the day of the exam.
Finally, don’t practice on the day before the test. Go to a movie, exercise, and get plenty of rest. It’s in your best interest to save up your physical and mental resources for test day.
Relaxation and stress control are critical to successful test taking.
Physical exercise is a great way to stimulate both your mind and body and improve your ability to think and concentrate. Even a little exercise helps reduce the stress and frustration associated with studying for an important exam like the SAT.
Exercise is a natural high. Unfortunately, some students resort to less-than-natural stimulants to try to enhance their performance on the SAT, but stimulants make it hard to retain information. You may stay awake, but you probably won’t remember very much. Mild stimulants such as coffee and colas can sometimes help since they keep you awake and alert. On the downside, though, they can lead to agitation, restlessness, and sleeplessness. You know your tolerance for caffeine best.
Keep breathing! Weak test takers tend to share one major flaw: they forget to breathe properly as the test proceeds. They start holding their breath without realizing it or they breathe irregularly. Improper breathing hurts confidence and accuracy. Just as importantly, it blocks clear thinking.