Standardized tests have a way of getting the better of everyone involved, but there are ways to combat the bully.
Start studying as early as possible! Material for a test can be retained more easily if it is studied months in advance, making it more familiar and easier to remember permanently.
The day before the test, do some exercise to get a good night's sleep. Eat a balanced meal, including protein, but not too much, before the test.
If you feel stressed during the test, put the pencil down and take a few deep breaths. You could also excuse yourself briefly from the room; not to make a run for it, but to provide a change in scenery for a few minutes.
Article by Denessa Bachelor, Hearts & Minds volunteer
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