K-12    

How to prep the night before the SAT or ACT exam



Calm your nerves and enter the testing site with confidence

How to prep the night before the SAT or ACT exam

Taking the SAT or ACT exam is the culmination of months of test-specific preparation, and in truth, years of schooling. While knowing that can feel like a lot of pressure, there are steps you can take the night before the exam to calm your nerves and enter the testing site with confidence:

1. Pack your essentials: Going to bed knowing you’ve packed everything you need to succeed during the test will help you sleep soundly and make the morning less frenzied. Your packing list should include an official, currently valid photo identification, your admission ticket to the test, No. 2 pencils (be sure they have erasers), a snack and water bottle (staying fueled is essential), a sweater (testing sites are often chilly and being uncomfortable can throw you off your game), and of course, a calculator. The best exam day calculator is one that’s easy to use and has an intuitive icon menu, such as the fx-9750GIII graphing calculator. While you won’t need all of its 2,900 functions during your test, or its programming capabilities, this Casio calculator is a great companion for high school juniors and seniors as it can support high-level STEM learning in the classroom, as well as go into exam mode for use during the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and other major standardized exams, like AP and SAT subject tests. To familiarize yourself with the calculator and its interface, be sure to use the same calculator for test prep as well.


2. Eat right: Proper nutrition and cognition go hand-in-hand. The night before your exam, fuel yourself with brain foods containing a mix of antioxidants, protein and Omega-3s. Fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, nuts, beans, whole grains, tofu and lean meats are all great choices. Try to avoid food unfamiliar to you, as you don’t know how it will settle and it could cause a stomachache. You should also forgo overly sugary or processed treats, which can lead to an energy crash. Being thirsty during your test is not only distracting, dehydration can actually impair cognition and brain health. Be sure to drink plenty of water the night before your test to keep the mental juices flowing.

3. Sleep tight: It can be difficult to settle in for a night of sound sleep before an important event. Reduce the chances of tossing and turning by putting down your devices at least an hour before bed, as blue light can suppress melatonin secretion and impact sleep. Instead, read, journal or do another quiet, enjoyable activity. On that note, avoid a last-minute study session or practice exam. The night before the test is not the time to cram. It’s a time to relax so your mind is fresh when it counts. If you do have trouble falling asleep, don’t panic. Resting quietly with your eyes closed can be beneficial too, and may help you doze off eventually.

By checking a few pre-test tasks off your to-do list the night before, you can be fueled, rested and geared up for your college entrance exams.

(StatePoint)
PHOTO SOURCE: (c) smolaw11 / iStock via Getty Images Plus


Other articles by HVP News Reporters


  • 4 ways students can develop entrepreneurial skills

    Give your child a head start

    Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. Young people who aspire to become prominent business professionals can now get a head start on the knowledge and skills necessary to become successful entrepreneurs before they ever leave high school. read more »
  • 6 natural ways to protect your health

    Remedies that your probably already have at home

    Natural and plant-based remedies have been around for centuries, and for everyday treatments like minor cuts, scrapes, and rashes, they can have real benefits. read more »
  • Why a healthier mouth equals a healthier you

    Take good care of your teeth

    Better oral health is strongly linked to better overall health, helping you speak properly, eat healthfully, and prevent certain infections and diseases. According to experts, it all starts with preserving your natural teeth. read more »
  • 8 summer driving safety tips

    Help avoid potential safety hazards

    Summer often brings vacations and road trips, which can put extra stress on your vehicle and one of its most important safety components: the tires. Higher pavement temperatures combined with normal wear and tear – plus added traffic volume due to summer travel – can contribute to potential safety hazards. read more »
  • Scrumptious ways to simplify summer meals

    Make weekday dining a breeze with easy, delicious recipes

    From everyday weeknight dinners to picnics in the park, warmer weather and longer days mean families want to spend more time together and less time in the kitchen. read more »
  • Supercharge summer fun with a sweet, simple salsa

    Your family will dive right in

    After a full day at the park or swimming pool, summer fun calls for some refueling. All that sun is sure to exhaust busy families, leaving little time for complicated snacks. read more »
  • Honey mustard cobb salad with tomato, avocado, bacon, egg and feta

    Empower your inner chef with convenient recipes and handy tools

    Bring joy back to the kitchen by taking the stress out of planning family meals, shopping for ingredients, and making your favorite recipes. read more »
  • Start your day strong with this strawberry oatmeal smoothie

    Six ingredients and a blender are all you need

    Making a delicious oatmeal smoothie has never been easier. Just six ingredients and a blender are all you need to make the perfect fruit smoothie at home. Deliciously sweet and creamy this strawberry oatmeal smoothie makes for a healthy and filling breakfast or snack. read more »
  • Running a local race?

    How to keep your feet healthy

    Whether you’re a novice jogger embarking on a couch-to-5K program or a marathoner serious about racking up finishers’ medals, you must take great care of your feet. read more »
  • Help kids avoid the “Summer Slide”

    Try the TurfMutt Foundation’s lesson plans

    Aligned with STEM standards, TurfMutt’s lesson plans teach kids valuable science lessons in the green space around them read more »