Taking the SAT or the ACT may be one of the most stressful times in a high schoolers’ experience. The pressure to perform well to end up with a good score is intense for many students.

There are ways to reduce the anxiety, however, and be well prepared when it’s time to take the test(s). We cover a range of options in this episode, from low or no budget to more expensive solutions.

One key tip for students: don’t cram!

Cramming is a bad idea. While you are doing it, it feels like you are retaining so much information. But within a week much of that information vanishes. The SAT and ACT aren’t tests you want to be scrambling and cramming for.

Instead, you should make sure to prep at least a few times a week and review what you’ve learned. You’ll find it is easier for you to learn when you are re-exposed to information you recently attempted to learn.

There is no need to do more than 2-3 hours total prep on a day; you’ll start to lose steam and effectiveness. You’ll also want to take a break in between all that studying to let the information sink in. So break up studying throughout the week, and break it up throughout the day. Prepare 6-8 weeks ahead of time and you’ll be well on your way!

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