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Standardized Testing Stressing You Out?

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Standardized testing can be daunting!  Follow these tips to reduce your stress and help you do best on your tests. 

3 Times is Enough  

Plan to take the SAT/ACT no more than 3 times each. You should be done testing by fall of your senior year.  

Try both the SAT and ACT 

Take a diagnostic test or take the official ACT/SAT tests to see which one you prefer and/or do best on.  Once you know which exam you find more manageable, put all your energy into it. 

Start to Study Immediately 

  • Don’t waste one of your tries before you’ve even cracked open your prep book.  Know what to expect on the test and be familiar with the format.  
  • Practice test taking strategies. Practice your weaknesses. Don’t waste time practicing your strengths. 
  • Try out free test prep resources such as Khan Academy (SAT prep) or Kaplan (ACT) to prepare for the SAT or ACT. 

Know which other standardized tests you have to take. 

Do you have to take SAT subject tests to be admitted to your school of choice?  

Treat the SAT for what it isa small piece of the picture. 

Colleges use a holistic admissions process. They evaluate all parts of your application, including your test results.
 

Take Action 

Check out the study aids included in GuidedPath. Once you log into GuidedPath, click on Testing. View information on GuidedPath: Resources: Test Prep Materials