Life-Changing Ways to Prepare for College Standardized Exams

Do you ever feel the pressure of college standardized testing the same as a ton of bricks piling on top of you? Most students sense this way as they prepare for a new journey to school or study abroad.

Besides students feeling overwhelmed, they often lack direction how to plan for standardized testing. Here are some useful tips to keep you on track with your studies and sanity.

Sleeping Habits

While eating and recreational activities are necessary to keep a healthy living, adequate sleeping habits are crucial for your everyday functions, including studying. When you create a routine of sleeping habits, you are creating a healthy lifestyle.

Likewise, feeling rested and refreshed helps your brain work better when studying. While experts recommend sleeping 8-9 hours per day, your biological circadian clock makes you aware of proper sleeping habits.

Do not ignore sleep adaptation when you study abroad. Consequently, designate a schedule to wake up and go to sleep at the usual times until your body resumes its rhythm.


Aside from sleeping arrangements, due dates are just as vital to performing well on standardized testing. Take advantage of the early registration deadlines, if available, for testing.

By having them to consider, you are more apt to maintain a schedule of study sessions. The earlier you know your testing date, the better prepared you will be for it.

Once you realize this information, begin by scheduling study sessions with serious study partners or tutor. If this is your first time taking the exam, schedule more study times regularly to encourage yourself to meet those goals.


Whether you are a fan of a digital calendar or paper planner, use a method of organization that is comfortable for you. Since organization is a habit, you must motivate yourself to open that calendar app or scheduler.

If necessary, use the reminder setting available on most phones. An organization is a skill that comes with practice. The more you develop the habit of opening your planner or calendar, the more likely your success in completing your tasks.

Do you need a little help to get started? Develop a study buddy relationship with someone that holds you accountable for completing those tasks.


While the saying, ‘practice makes perfect’ is true, getting ready for standardized exams is no different. Perhaps you mastered a section, but you need more practice in another area.

Rather than disregarding a part of the exam you already know, you could put it to good use. So, mentor your study buddy in that area.

In this way, it helps you to practice what you know, and you assist a friend. Rote memorization and exercises support up to a point. Include ways to understand and apply what you know to supplement the learning experience.


After so much hard work of studying, do not forget to relax. Preparation for standardized exams is an upheaval experience. Learning to use your organization and study skills makes you confident and ready to tackle those exams.

Do not let negative thoughts or test anxiety take over all the hard work you have accomplished. Take a minute to breathe, relax, and create positive feelings. You are ready for this.

Are there any other ways you can think of that help you get ready for college standardized testing?

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