You’ve spent weeks, even months reading and analyzing passages, practicing your math formulas, and writing more essays than you’ve written in your entire High School career. The test is tomorrow morning. Now what? It seems like you should be doing something. After all, this test is a factor in determining what college you are going to get into. But what should you be doing for the last 24 hours before the SAT test?
The last 24 hours count just as much as the any of the other hours you’ve spent studying for one of the hardest tests you’ll face in high school. So it is important to take advantage of this last bit of time to come to the test fully rested, prepared and confident that you have done all you can to conquer the demanding SAT test.
The following checklist will help you utilize the last 24 hours efficiently and effectively.
#1 – Take a Study Break
This piece of advice usually comes as a surprise to the students who have heard “study, study, study” for the last several months. In fact, at Oxford Tutoring, we encourage all of our students to put in outside hours of work, instead of relying solely on the time they spend preparing with us. They need to put in the work on their own time as well.
But the day before the test is not the time to do this. The day before the test is the time to give your mind a break. You’ve put in the work already. Trying to cram in more information will most likely lead to anxiety, a challenge that can be extremely difficult to overcome. So trust that you are prepared, and set the studying aside.
#2 – Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Seems like common sense, but it can be easy to make the mistake of not getting a restful night of sleep. Maybe you think it will be more productive to study all night. Or perhaps you just simply cannot turn that Xbox game off. Most likely, your nerves are taking over and making it difficult to fall asleep.
If that is the case, there are a number of techniques to try and set your mind at ease. One possibility is counting backwards from 100 by 7’s. Or focus on the different muscles by tensing them for 10 seconds and the relaxing them. Start with your feet and work your way up all the way to your head. What both of these exercises do is get your mind off of your worries and onto the task at hand. Your mind cannot focus on both. Often times, you’ll find yourself simply drifting off to sleep because you’ve taken your mind off of the anxiety.
#3 – Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Now it’s the morning of the SAT test. Time for a healthy breakfast. We are not talking about Fruit Loops here. We mean something substantial – protein and fruit are always a safe option. Whatever it is, make sure you are giving your body the energy it will need for the long test ahead.
#4 – What to Bring
Make sure you bring all of the following:
- A calculator
- Two #2 pencils
- A healthy snack
- A light sweater
- Your ID
- You admission ticket
- A wristwatch
- A water bottle
# 5 – Get to the Site Early
You do not want to arrive to the test rushed, sweaty, and stressed after sprinting to the classroom because you are running behind. Make sure to give yourself enough time to arrive at the site at least 15 minutes early. That way you can find where you need to be, check in, and get settled. This will promote a sense of calm that is necessary for taking the SAT test.
#6 – Take the Test with Confidence!
You have studied; you have worked hard; you know this material. You are ready. Trust the tools you have acquired and the information you have learned. It’s time to conquer the SAT!
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