The dreaded standardized test is something that all students who hope to further their education and continue on into a college of their choosing must go through. Even though the idea of testing can be intimidating, the outlook you choose to have can make all the difference. This is the time for you to showcase skills and the level of critical thinking you are capable of producing.

It is important to acknowledge the fact that no two students are the same. Many students often get caught up in comparing themselves to others; and while competition is a natural part of learning and education, students must focus on following their own path to success. Taking your first standardized test is one of the first steps toward your future. This should be an exciting time that should not be overshadowed by stress and anxiety.

Having a healthy mindset is half the game, and plays a big role in the amount of success you will have on the test. Believing in yourself and having confidence all factor into the way you perform. Go into each test open minded and if you have truly prepared and studied there is no reason to be nervous. Take a deep breath, and walk into the room knowing you are capable of giving your best performance.

Although studying and prepping before test day is very important, making sure your body and physical state is at its best is just as important when it comes to giving your best performance on the standardized test you will be taking (SAT, PSAT, ACT,).

Before test day don’t forget to…
1. Do not over work yourself the night before.
2. Get a sufficient amount of sleep (at least 7-8 hours)
3. Eat breakfast
4. Listen to music, read, take a bath, or anything that will help you calm down and stay relaxed.

Standardized tests are an important part of your student career, but they do not define you as a student or a person. These tests are only a fraction of your life up to this point. So whether you get a perfect score or did not do as well as you might have hoped for, these tests do not represent everything you are a person, so do not let the test scare you. Remember that all you can do is your best.

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