Making the SSAT or ISEE Test Day Easier

Part of the SSAT & ISEE For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You can't make the SSAT or ISEE any easier, but you can start your test day off right and make it easier and less stressful, which can lead to better results on your entrance exam. Here are a few tips to keep in mind on SSAT or ISEE test day:

  • Get plenty of rest. The night before the test is a time to sleep — not a time to text your friends until the early morning hours. In short, go to bed!

  • Eat breakfast. Studies show that students who eat breakfast perform better on exams than students who don't. So be sure to eat a nutritious, well-balanced breakfast (which means you should skip the half box of doughnuts because the sugar high won't help you answer questions effectively).

  • Make sure you or a parent know how to get to the testing center. Nothing is more nerve-wracking than driving around lost when your test is about to begin. Know where to go so there's no stress in getting there.

  • Arrive at least 30 minutes early. This extra time gives you a little wiggle room for problems along the way, and it also gives you a chance to go to the restroom and relax for a few minutes before the test actually begins.

  • Keep it relaxed. Test jitters are normal for everyone, but try to keep things in perspective. After all, the SSAT and ISEE are just exams; they don't measure how smart you are, and they don't predict your future success in life. In a nutshell, the sun is going to come up tomorrow so don't let the test totally freak you out today. Just do your best and work hard, and you'll do great!

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