Whether you’ve been preparing for the PSAT for months as part of Heritage’s National Merit Scholarship program or you’re just looking to gauge your performance on the SAT, here are five tips and tricks to boost your performance on test day.
- The day before, try to de-stress however you like. Exercising or playing with a pet can improve your mood. On test day, techniques such as meditating, taking slow breaths, as well as purposefully tensing and then relaxing your muscles can calm you down.
- Get a good night’s sleep before test day. Aim for at least seven to eight hours to keep you alert during the test.
- Pack your bag the night before with a few #2 pencils, a calculator, water bottle, maybe a quick snack, your ID and a Heritage-approved jacket or sweatshirt in case your room is cold. This will minimize your stress on test day and ensure that you don’t forget anything.
- Eat a healthy breakfast to keep your energy up throughout the test and ensure that you’re not distracted by hunger. Try to avoid sugar and go for protein and whole grains instead.
- If you’ve been preparing, go over any mistakes you’ve made on your last practice test. Make sure you understand why you got the questions wrong, because that will help guide your last quick review so you can strengthen your weakest areas.