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Friday, September 29, 2017


Mr. Joseph Ferguson

“There is a lot of scientific research that shows a direct correlation between good health and better academic performance.” ~ Mr. Joseph Ferguson


Whether it be juniors or seniors, standardized testing plays a major role in the lives of upperclassmen. Students are put under a lot of pressure to perform well on these tests such as the SAT’s and ACT’s because their scores are used to determine college acceptance. However, there are many ways to prepare, relax, and be ready to perform well on these tests.

Preparation starts months before taking the exam, with reviewing and practicing the material that is on the tests. The SAT tests math, reading comprehension, and grammar. The ACT tests math, reading comprehension, grammar, and science. Both tests also offer an optional writing portion. One method of studying is through the use of preparation books. SAT/ACT preparation books are sold in many stores, or students can go to guidance to borrow one. Also, North Pocono offers various test preparation sessions throughout the school year at no cost to students. During or after reviewing and studying the subject area that will be tested, taking diagnostic tests to identify weak points and weak subject areas will immensely help students in the final stages of preparation. Cramming the night before will not be efficient, and it will be almost impossible to do well. Being familiar with the material that will be on the test will help students feel confident in their abilities to succeed.

In addition to being mentally prepared, there are actions students can take to make sure they are physically prepared as well. Health and Physical Education teacher, Mr. Joseph Ferguson, states, “There is a lot of scientific research that shows a direct correlation between good health and better academic performance.” The week of the exam, students should get at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep each night leading up to the test. Also, trying other approaches to maintain health such as eating nutritious foods and staying properly hydrated play a major role in a student’s performance on the test. The night before the exam, students should pack a bag containing a calculator, #2 pencils, proper photo identification, and their admission ticket. This will give students one less thing to worry and think about the day of their test.

On test day, simple things such as eating a good breakfast in the morning or leaving home early enough to prevent feeling rushed can affect students more than they realize. Students can also bring water and a small snack to fuel their bodies between sections of the test. Test-takers should also bring a jacket so small factors, such as room temperature, do not affect their focus.

Taking an exam that decides one’s future is a nerve-wracking task. However, students get out of the test what they put into it, so properly preparing both mentally and physically will help students feel calm, relaxed, and confident on test day.

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