In the past month, we have explored many faucets of the SAT Reasoning Test. We have explored the basics of registration, general guidelines of the exam and test preparations.
The final "leg" of the SAT Reasoning Test encompasses the most critical portion, which is test day. There are many students who fear test day and struggle with the idea of going to an unfamiliar place for almost four hours. This short, but informative article will help to alleviate some of your test day anxiety.
There will be many students who choose to continue studying up until the night before the test. The truth is they are not giving their brain enough time to absorb the content and relax in preparation for the next morning's testing session.
The best course of action on the eve of the test is for the student to relax, spend time with family and friends and try not to review content in your mind. In fact, try not to even talk about the test, as it can add to any testing anxiety that you may already be experiencing.
It is important that you wake earlier enough in the morning to eat a healthy and a filling breakfast. Try to read the newspaper or a book to get your brain jump-started on the morning of the test. Remember to bring something to drink and snack on during your regularly scheduled breaks.
This is one time where candy is a good item to be eating while testing.
The brain requires a large amount of glucose (sugar) when it is being stimulated and worked.
Neurobiologists suggest that the brain functions sharper and more efficiently when it receives a persistent and titrated level of glucose.
The majority of testing centers require that the student check in the morning of the test usually around 7:30 a.m.
You should have a form of identification and your testing voucher to present to the registrars on the morning of the test.
You will be permitted to enter the test with a calculator for the math portion of the test.
The majority of the sections start with the easiest questions first and then work toward the more difficult ones.
It is essential not to spend more than a minute on each question.
The reasoning is that you do not want to "burn up" all of your energy focusing on questions that are going to pose a high level of difficulty.
You should mark the question and return back to it when you have worked your way through the remainder of the section. It is simply a process of elimination.
The test will be over and you will wonder how you did and worry that you may have not have scored as well as you anticipated.
Try not to focus much on rating your test day performance.
You are your worst critic and you have a "foggy" recollection of just how good or bad you may have done.
Stay positive and move on with the remainder of your schooling.
Chances are you accomplished your goals and will be happy with your overall score.
In the next article, we will begin to look at the struggles in the area of math and provide some guidance for starting down the road to success.
Cordell is the owner of Excell Tutoring Services, 346 Broad St., Montoursville.
He may be reached at 506-9998 or twcordell@ gmail.com.