Test Prep Day Before & Day Of Strategies

Updated: Mar 16

Go get ’em on test day.   You have practiced, practiced, practiced with the goal of 40 hours or 1,000 questions under your belt.  You are ready!  Now take a moment to breathe and review our best practices before and during test day.

Before Test Day

  1. Don’t study the day/night before – rest the day before the big game

  2. Be physically active so you can get a good night sleep the day before the test – no medication to sleep

  3. Eat well to give your body energy – avoid excess sugar, caffeine, be well-nourished

Test Day:

  1. Doors open at 7:45am for all testing centers. You will not be admitted after 8am so plan on being early!

  2. If possible, get 10-15 minutes of exercise before the test – to clear your brain and calm your nerves

  3. Read and do a few simple math problems while eating breakfast to “stretch” mentally

  4. For the Reading Test, start with your strength (Lit, SS, or Sci) and ANNOTATE

  5. Give yourself a 30-45 second mental break after the 3rd or 4th reading passage to reset and refocus

  6. Don’t talk about the tests during your breaks – enjoy your 10-minute breaks if you can

  7. For all tests, mark those questions where you are uncertain of the answer; if you have time, you can then go back and review

  8. Breathe!!


  1. Use a calculator with which you are familiar working – muscle memory helps

  2. Charge your calculator to 100% or put fresh batteries in the night before or bring batteries with you

  3. The calculator should have an entry line so you can see entered data

  4. Ti-83;84 and 89 or Casio Fx 300 ms work well

Other Items:

  1. Check your test center on your admission ticket – make sure you are going to the right place

  2. Photo id – (If using a school ID, it must be from the current school year.)

  3. Two pencils

  4. A watch

  5. Drink and snack

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