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Tips for a Stress-Free Test Day

Part of the PSAT/NMSQT For Dummies Cheat Sheet

To be successful on the PSAT/NMSQT — or any test — it’s essential to be prepared. That means studying the subject matter and doing practice problems, of course, but it also means arriving on test day ready to go, mentally and physically, with everything you need in hand. The exam is stressful enough; don’t compound your stress by being unprepared!

  • The night before the test, gather everything you need:

    • Accommodations letter (if you have one)

    • Approved calculator

    • Number two pencils with erasers

    • Photo ID (optional, but a good idea)

    • School code number (if you’re not taking the test at your own school)

    • Social Security number and e-mail address (optional)

    • Watch

  • Know the route to the testing center.

  • Get a good night’s sleep.

  • Eat breakfast.

  • The night before and the morning of the exam, don’t talk to friends about the test.

  • Stretch out your muscles if you feel tense.

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