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Tips for the Test Day (and the Night Before)

by Tianze Li

Tips are in chronological order:

  1. Prepare your things (materials for the test, breakfast, outfit) the night before. If your teacher or the official website gives you a checklist of what to bring, use it.
  2. Eat a healthy dinner.
  3. Get a good night of sleep. 
  4. Do some a set of practice test in the morning. It could be just a portion of the whole test, in which case remember to time yourself accordingly.
  5. Eat a healthy breakfast. 
  6. Dress in layers so that you’re ready for extreme cold and heat.
  7. If possible, arrive early and get to know your surroundings.
  8. If allowed, bring water and snacks that are quick to eat (protein shakes are ideal). Eat during breaks, even if you’re not hungry.
  9. During the test, skip as soon as you realize you’re stuck. You can always come back to it later if there’s time. 

Keep in mind that these are just tips that will help you do your best on the test. What’s most important is that you learn the content and skills being tested, and do lots of practice beforehand. Lastly, standardized tests have many limitations, and your scores really don’t define you.

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