Testing Season is Almost Here: Are You Prepared?

Testing season, a time full of tears, all nighters, stress, and the same lie we always tell ourselves: “I’ll do it later.” The ACT and SAT are approaching more quickly than imaginable, leaving juniors to wonder if they’ve done enough to prepare.

Many students are in different situations regarding preparation for these tests, whether it’s that they’ve been studying for months, they’ve been ignoring it for too long, or they just don’t know where to begin.

Those students who have been studying have mentioned that they’ve been practicing using Khan Academy, CERT for schools, prep books, boot camps, tutors, and/or other resources. Junior Nicola Lai said, “I’m trying to study as much as I can, mostly over the weekends. I’m doing practice problems and trying to relearn any old topics I forgot, especially in math.”

Although finding their own time to study works for some, others have found that they do best under a structured study plan. Junior Colette McClanahan said, “I recently took a weekend long prep course with a tutor and I feel that really helped me.”

Even though many students claim to be studying, only half of juniors feel prepared to take these tests. Junior Karina Garcia said, “I feel like I’m super under-prepared for them. I think that they’re kind of just being thrown at us and we don’t really know what to expect.”

Even if students do feel prepared, it’s clear that nerves do have an effect on their confidence. Lai said, “I’m nervous, especially because I want a good score not only for colleges but for financial aid.”

For students who have already taken these tests, they have an abundance of advice that they are willing to share. Senior Liz Guillen said, “The best place to begin is an online source, but every person has different study habits, so start with whatever you’re comfortable with. As terrible as studying for these test are, you really will never regret studying.”

At the end of the day, as long as students do their best, that’s all that can be asked for. As Junior Emerson Meeks said, “As long as I study and try my hardest, I know it will be my best.”

As testing season quickly approaches, juniors all around WCTA share how they’re preparing for the ACT and/or SAT.

Photo Credit: Rachel Haunschild

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