The day of a big standardized exam can test the nerves of anyone, no matter how well prepared. Not only do test takers need to contend with the gauntlet of academic and strategic challenges posed by the exam itself and the test anxiety these ordeals trigger, but they may also encounter external threats to their
Have you noticed that getting into a testing center for an SAT or ACT can be tougher than getting onto an airplane? Longstanding but increasing fear of cheating domestically and abroad has ushered in a focus on security only the TSA could be proud of. For most test takers, the extra level of scrutiny before
Sir Topham Hatt, the magisterial Fat Controller in the Thomas & Friends series, is notorious for his commitment to making the trains run on time. Nothing chafes him more that the twin terrors of confusion and delay. Nothing should irk you more either on test day, especially when the confusion and delay come from clueless
This past weekend, a massive Nor’easter named Jonas slammed the East Coast, dumping feet of snow on states that rarely see inches of accumulation in a given winter. Unfortunately, this past Saturday was also the last scheduled administration of the version of the SAT first introduced in 2005. Something had to give, and you can
Something every successful test taker must bring to the SAT or ACT–apart from pencils, a calculator, a watch, and acceptable ID–is an imperturbable ability to ignore or overcome all manner of crisis. Whether other test takers are freaking out, proctors are messing up, or wildlife is crashing the party, distractions abound to distract test takers
We should all follow Denis Waitley’s advice heading into a big test: “Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.” But some test day surprises surpass the bounds of common sense… like deer attacks. This past Saturday morning, a deer crashed the party during an SAT administration at Lockport High School.