What NOT to Do the Week Before You Take the SAT or ACT

Take care of yourself physically and mentally the final week before test day. If you're not used to eating healthy and getting at least eight hours of sleep then it may be difficult for you to do, but it's worth it.

Take care of yourself physically and mentally the final week before test day. If you’re not used to eating healthy and getting at least eight hours of sleep then it may be difficult for you to do, but it’s worth it.

Begin your preparation

This would be called cramming, and it’s just a waste of your time. If you haven’t begun your preparation then re-schedule to take the test at a later date when you’ve had ample time to prepare.

Start or end a diet

You should eat as you normally do, unless of course you don’t normally eat a balanced diet. Lots of sugars, fats, and carbohydrates will only drain your energy. Both the SAT and ACT tests last more than three hours, so they are not only academic tests, but tests of endurance as well. Here’s some helpful information from USDA regarding choosing a healthy diet.

Stay up late

Watching movies, surfing the Internet, or hanging out with your friends are all activities you may often do each week until very late at night, but this week is special, so make sure you get to bed early each night. Remember that the test will begin early on a Saturday morning. You need to begin conditioning yourself. Your future depends on it.

Stress out

Look, you’ve done your preparation, and you know the test, so there’s no reason to stress. Remember too, that you can retake the test. It’s not like you only get one shot at it. If you’re really having trouble relaxing then look for a diversion like talking with your friends, exercising, or reading.

Plan to reward yourself after the test is over. In this way you’ll have further motivation.

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About Will Zuberbuhler

Will Zuberbuhler

Will Zuberbuhler is the former Director of Business Development and CEO at Triumph College Admissions (TCA), the leading provider of school-based SAT and ACT test prep solutions. He worked with TCA for 20+ years to further the high school test prep market helping students find a clear path to their education goals. What drives him in business is the power one has to truly make an impact on the lives of young people and their families across our country. He holds a philosophy degree from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.

 

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