Taking the SAT can make anyone nervous, especially if you’re taking it for the first time. You want good scores so that you get accepted to the college or university of your choice. So test anxiety is completely understandable, yet you don’t want to let it control your test taking experience. Let’s get you calmed down so you can better prepare for your SAT.
First of all, as a person who has been there and is now 35, realize that the hardest decisions and tasks lie ahead of you as you seek your purpose in life. It will be great! Let this take a load off of your shoulders as you prepare for the SAT. Also, realize that you can take the SAT more than once. You want to prepare hard for this test, but if things don’t work out exactly the way you want, you can take it again.
This may not be what you want to hear if you’re still feeling anxious, but if you look at this test with the right perspective, you have more than one chance. Take it early as a junior so you’re not as stressed, and then you can take it again as a senior in high school. Or, you can decide to take it twice as a senior if you want, but you do want to give yourself plenty of time to prepare.
You’ll likely do just fine, but you have to breathe first. So many students think the best way to prepare is to cram, but that’s only going to make you more nervous. Now, I’m not talking about those exciting cram sessions. Yes, those are fun, and you do want to study hard leading up to the SAT. However, working yourself too hard and staying up too late is going to leave you without adequate rest. What will this do?
I will make you even more nervous and jittery. So be sure that you practice good study habits, as this will help give you the confidence you need. Also, you need to remember that this SAT test isn’t the only important factor that goes into determining whether or not you get accepted to your school of choice. As a matter of fact, it’s not even close to being the most important factor.
Your experiences during your high school years, your GPA, specific classes taken and more hold much more weight cumulatively than the SAT test scores do. Are you starting to feel a little less nervous? Look, your nerves are still going to be working on you some but understand that this is what it’s all about. It’s time to take that stand and start working toward what you’re going to do with your life.
Things aren’t always going to work out the way you want, as there will be all kinds of obstacles in life. However, if you put your best foot forward and strive hard to be your best, then what happens next will likely surpass your expectations.
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