By: PLI Team

The ACT and SAT exams are fast approaching, and they can be daunting to say the least. In a perfect world, you would be able to confidently waltz out of the testing room with the highest score possible, but this can be a difficult feat to achieve. However, don’t worry. With a little hard work, studying and dedication, you can ease your test anxiety and pass your exam with flying colors. Here are 4 proven methods to help you through your exam:

Practice Makes Perfect  

This may seem like the most obvious answer, but properly preparing for the test beforehand is critical to help you score higher on your exam. Invest in a good ACT/SAT test prep book, take advantage of tutoring and prep programs like this one, and be sure to take practice tests to see what you should spend more time going over. Remember, when completing your practice exams be sure to take it in a similar environment as the testing room (like a Saturday morning in a quiet, well lit room) and don’t forget your timer.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

On the day before the test, get plenty of rest and don’t stay up late cramming. Be sure to have a healthy, light breakfast before the exam (scrambled eggs, oatmeal, fruit or a smoothie are great options) and keep yourself hydrated with plenty of water. Be sure to cater to your mental health as well by reminding yourself that it is simply just a test, that you are prepared and that you will succeed. You will do better if you are feeling confident.

Keep Your Cool

First things first, whatever you do, don’t panic! The best way to get a high score is by being prepared and keeping your cool. Taking the time to read, comprehend and answer the test questions is much more difficult to achieve if you are suffering from panic or anxiety. During your exam, remember to take deep breaths and keep a steady pace. Keep your focus on the task at hand and do not let the time limits or a particularly difficult question stress you out.

Use Common Sense

When you begin your exam, do not be surprised to initially see a couple questions that you are completely clueless over. When facing these questions, rely on logic and common sense. Take an educated guess at the answer to the question by eliminating answer choices that are clearly incorrect and going from there. Don’t overthink it, although the questions can be tricky, one answer was designed to fit like a glove.