After The Test

Walk out the door a happy camper

When you’re done, leave happily. If you put as much into the test as you should, you ought to feel a bit mentally drained. You should definitely feel relieved that it’s over. Be content with yourself for having done your best.

What if you feel as though the test didn’t go as well as you’d hope? First, you don’t know that for sure. It’s simply too hard to predict your score based on a feeling. Wait until the scores come in. Secondly, even if you didn’t do as well as you’d hoped, take this mindset: “On my first test, I gave myself a base score. Since colleges take my best scores, from now on, no matter what I do, I can never drop below my base score. My new goal is to take the test again to and build upon by base.”

Start preparing to take it again

After just taking the SAT or ACT, the last thing you might want to do is to start thinking of the next time. That, however , is the best thing to do. It’s really very simple, practice makes you better. And, the second time you take it, you’ll likely feel less stress because (a) you fully know what to expect and (b) you’ve built a safety net for yourself with your base score. You truly have nothing to lose score-wise, and points to gain. Take the test again.

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