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(1) Practice sections: Always take practice sections and exams under testing conditions. Testing conditions means taking an exam during the same time and – if you can – the same day you are scheduled for the actual exam (e.g. Saturdays at 9am). Observe the time constraints on each section.
(2) The back of the book: Do not simply look to the back of the book for answers. You’ll start to rely on the book and others’ knowledge more than your own. Always try the problems first and then rely on the back of the book to “check” your answers.
(3) Speed exam taking: If you have difficulties with time or time pressures, try taking the test under faster time settings. For example, take what would normally be a 30 minute section in 15 minutes instead. Like running with weights attached to your ankles, this will make the test and each section easier to complete within the standard allotted time.
(4) Math Problems: The method is more important than the result. If you cannot explain how you got to the correct answer, you won’t be able to do it correctly on the exam. As with any mathematical proof, you want to make sure you have every step down perfectly.
(5) Verbal Problems: One method that has worked for Top Test Prep is to have every student read the verbal passages out loud before answering the questions. Most test prep companies recommend reading the questions first, then skimming the content. We want students to hear what the author is writing and be able to explain the passage’s main point to the class. If you can explain what the author intended to write, you will know the answers before you get to the questions. If you can come up with your own title to the passage, you’ll become more involved and you’ll understand the questions better. We help the student become the author of the passage.
On test day: The Five P’s of Test Prep are simple: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. Make sure you have everything you need on test day: #2 pencils, an approved calculator, and your admissions ticket. Being prepared will prevent nervousness and overall anxiety. You’re encouraged to have a little caffeine, but not too much. A little caffeine can actually improve a student’s performance.
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