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Mistakes to Avoid for Standardized Tests

January 28, 2020

 

Rarely does anyone enjoy taking standardized exams. They are long, require months of preparation, and provide an objective measurement that is then compared to all other applicants. Many colleges require the ACT, SAT, and SAT II, but some consider these components to be optional in the admissions process.

 

The bottom line is this: If you don’t give test prep 100%, then don’t expect to get the results that you want. Slacking off, not studying, and procrastinating with test prep is a huge mistake.  Below are the top things you should avoid doing if you want to maximize your standardized testing. Following a college admissions timeline can help students avoid test-taking mistakes.

 

Not Preparing

Test prep should start as early as 9th grade. PSAT exams are a practice exam that students take to determine National Merit Scholarship eligibility and to prepare them for the SAT exam. PSAT tutoring is available to students in Brentwood, TN, Franklin, TN, and Nashville, TN. The test prep tutoring that I offer actually over-prepares students for the PSAT. My ACT and SAT tutoring for students in Franklin, TN, Brentwood, TN, and Nashville, TN cover most components of the exam and offers multiple practice exams. Strategically planning out a test prep strategy is important so that students do well on all three exams. From there, we determine how best to proceed. If you slack on an exam, then it’s very likely a college will still see those scores. Bottom line: Don’t procrastinate.

 

Not Getting Enough Sleep

As a private college admissions coach in Williamson County, I hear from students every year who say they only got a few hours of sleep the night before. This is a terrible idea. Lack of sleep = lack of focus. If you don’t have enough hours in the day, then don’t schedule the exam or, better yet, set your alarm earlier. Time management is an important life skill and one you will need in college.

 

Not Taking Practice Exams

Practice makes perfect. Students should take a practice exam at least two times before sitting for the actual exam.

 

Not Limiting Distractions

The biggest culprit for this one is the cell phone. If you are easily distracted, then set your phone in a different room. Deactivate notifications and turn social media off. You will have major regrets if your test score suffers because you just couldn’t put the phone away.

 

Not Learning How To Time the Exam

This one goes back to the practice exams. Students should be familiar with the types of question and length of time required to complete the exam. There is nothing worse than not adequately planning our your time, only to miss a significant portion of the exam.

 

A an independent educational advisor, part of my college counseling services for Brentwood, TN, Franklin, TN, and Nashville, TN students is to offer scholarship advising, resume building, career and major exploration and college essay help. I also offer PSAT, ACT, and SAT test prep tutoring to students in Brentwood, Franklin, and Nashville, TN. Working with a private college counselor in the Brentwood, Franklin, and Nashville, TN area ensures your applications will be strategically presented. If you’re looking for ACT test prep, SAT test prep, and PSAT test prep in the Brentwood, TN, Franklin, TN, and Nashville, TN area, please contact my office. Test prep is a big component of college admissions and it’s important for all parties involved that a strategy is in place, well before a student’s senior year of high school. A professional educational consultant can help guide you through this process.

 

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