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Helpful Hints (1 of 5): Dealing with SAT Exam Anxiety
- February 20, 2016
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Helpful Hints from a Real SAT Tutor
With spring just around the corner, our staff at Central Bucks Learning Academy has put together a series of helpful hints for students preparing for the SAT and ACT exams. Over the next couple of weeks, these posts will cover a variety of topics such as test anxiety, skills, and helpful hints to conquer even the most difficult questions.
Dealing with SAT Exam Anxiety
- Layout your schedule
For many students, anxiety regarding the SATs and college admissions can be alleviated by creating a timeline that works best for their schedule. By doing this, you will have a better understanding of when to take your SATs, possibly take a preparatory course, or even write your college application essay. For example, students who are heavily involved in a sport or activity should be cautious about enrolling in an SAT prep course at the same time. With a proper schedule, students can reduce their anxiety and choose the most opportune test date, hense maximizing their results.
- Register for the exam in advance
For many people, adults included, deadlines can help to motivate and focus an individual. Registering for the exam in advance will help a student establish a study plan while reserving a convenient testing location. With these details taken care of, students can focus on the most import aspect of the SATs, exam prep.
- Plan to take the SATs more than once.
Students should plan to take the SAT exam two or even three times! Doing this can help students reduce their anxiety by understanding that all of their eggs are not in one proverbial basket. There are several other advantages to taking the SAT more than once, such as developing a familiarity with the test layout. An additional benefit is that the content of one particular exam may align more closely with a student’s strengths, which will allow them to even score higher! Thirdly, students will understand that these exams can be a mentally daunting experience, after all, the SATs are a marathon, not a sprint!
- Set personal scoring goals
In today’s youth culture, student success often means receiving an “A” on their exam or scoring higher than their peers. On the SAT, this type of thinking can cause a great deal of added stress for teens. A great way to combat this anxiety is to set personal goals for yourself and only yourself. This goal could be a particular numeric improvement, such as a 100 point increase on their math section, or even the target score of their school of choice. The most important aspect of setting a goal is to make it realistic and achievable. Most students are not going to receive a perfect 1600 on the New SAT, but by understanding where you stand and what score you wish to achieve, you can start on your path to success.
- Create a personal study plan
The best way to alleviate test anxiety is to develop a personal study plan for their SAT or ACT exam. There is a variety of resources available, but students need to study in a way that works best for them. If your son or daughter is a self-motivated student, using online study materials may be the most practical choice. If this is not the case, and your child needs extra motivation or structure, there are many other options available such as SAT tutors or prep classes. The benefit of these types of programs is that the student receives a professionally designed plan to improve their score while also reserving a specific time each week for exam preparation.
If your son or daughter is preparing for the SAT or ACT exams, and would like some assistance, Central Bucks Learning Academy offers a variety of test preparation options. Whether it is a multiple week program or a 3-hour long study session, we are here to meet your needs and to provide the necessary guidance to help our students achieve their goals. For seasonal offers on our programs, follow us on Facebook or through the cblearningacademy.com/blog.
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