Does taking a timed, standardized test stress you out? Well, know that you’re not alone.
Standardized tests like the GMAT, GRE, SAT, ACT, or LSAT can easily become a major source of stress as the time until your exam begin to dwindle to only a few weeks or days. Stress can be a good thing: it can motivate you to work harder, to try new methods or approaches, or to push away the other distractions in your life. But stress before a major exam needs to be managed appropriately. Here are some tips:
In the week(s) leading up to your test, you should:
1. List your weaknesses and create a study schedule to overcome them, one topic at a time.
2. Get some exercise. It’s a natural way to de-stress.
3. Limit self-deprecating humor and keep a positive attitude. Telling yourself you’re never going to be prepared doesn’t help.
4. Get sufficient sleep. Read more