No matter how much a student prepares for the SAT and the ACT, it seems impossible to completely get rid of test day nerves. There are several ways, however, to reduce anxiety and enter the testing center with a boost of confidence.
U.S. News & World Report published a list of seven strategies that can help students overcome the jitters and perform at their best when the big day comes around. They are:
- Make sure all your materials are ready
- Eat just enough — and something you’re familiar with
- Compare how far you have come
- Chat with an encouraging friend
- Squeeze something
- Control your breathing
Make sure all your materials are ready
Ensure your pencils, erasers, ID, and calculator are ready to go.
Light physical activity can get your energy up and reduce stress.
Eat just enough — and something you’re familiar with
A filling and familiar breakfast can go a long way.
Compare how far you have come
Don’t study on the day of the test, but look back at where you were when you started and where you are at now.
Chat with an encouraging friend
The right friend will boost your confidence and get rid of negative thoughts.
It’s therapeutic and reduces anxiety.
Control your breathing
Breathing exercises and meditation will clear your mind and help you focus.
And don’t forget: being nervous is okay. Just do your best to reduce stress and remind yourself of all the preparation and studying you’ve done until now. Then go out there and crush the test!