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12 Inspirational Quotes to Get You Ready to Take the ACT or SAT Test

The ACT test and the SAT test are challenges nearly every high school student must face.  Success begins with understanding the test and facing it with courage and determination.  Anything worth having requires working for it.  The ACT and SAT are no exceptions to this rule.  Doing well on your ACT or SAT can get you one step closer to attending the college of your dreams.  So roll up your sleeves, get out your flashcards, put on your favorite “pump up” playlist, and do your best on these challenging tests that can set you up for success.  And don’t forget, even the most talented and successful people have had to face their fears in order to achieve their dreams.  Here is a list of 12 inspirational quotes to encourage you as you prepare for the ACT and SAT.


1. Amy Poehler

Actor, Comedian, Director, Producer, Writer

“Great people do things before they’re ready.  They do things before they know they can do it . . . Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that – that is what life is.”


Margaret Thatcher

2. Margaret Thatcher

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979-1990

“You do not achieve anything without trouble.”



3. Michael Jordan

Played in the NBA for 15 years, Owner of Charlotte Hornets, Considered the greatest basketball player of all time.  

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks.  I’ve had them; everybody has had them.  But obstacles don’t have to stop you.  If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up.  Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”



4. Margaret Mitchell

Journalist, Author of “Gone with the Wind”, won the Pulitzer Price for Fiction in 1937

“I learned the value of work by working hard.”


Amelia Earnheart

5. Amelia Earheart

American Aviation Pioneer and Author

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”


Nelson Mandela6. Nelson Mandela

Activist, Politician, Philanthropist, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”


JK Rowling

7. J.K. Rowling

Novelist, Author of the Harry Potter series – the best-selling book series in history

“We do not need magic to transform our world.  We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.”


Elanor Roosevelt

8. Eleanor Roosevelt

American Politician, Diplomat, and Activist

“You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”


Babe Ruth

9. Babe Ruth

MLB Player for 22 seasons, Considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time

“It’s hard to beat a person that never gives up.”


Helen Keller

10. Helen Keller

Author, Political Activist, Lecturer

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road – unless you fail to make the turn.”


Colin Powell

11. Colin Powell

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Advisor,  and 65th United States Security of State

“There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”



12. Robert Frost

Poet, Playwright, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

“The best way out is always through.”


We hope that these quotes encourage you to understand that even some of the most successful individuals have struggled, and have had to persevere through those struggles.  The ACT and the SAT tests are challenges, there is no doubt about it.  But if you work hard, and give it your best effort, they are challenges that you can overcome.

And don’t forget, Oxford Tutoring is here to help with ACT classes beginning January 30th and SAT classes starting January 3rd.  Sign up today! (949) 681-0388.

Which quote inspires you the most?

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Julia Author PicMeet the author:  Julia Myres is an ELA instructor at Oxford Tutoring who has been working with students for over 10 years.  She builds up her student’s confidence in the subjects they struggle with through encouragement and support.  Striving to make her students ready to tackle even the most difficult concepts as they move up in their education, she motivates her students to take their education into their own hands and thrive.




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