Entrance tests are coming soon, so I thought I would do this to help and guide you guys on your upcoming tests. This is a list of tips that I personally used when I took the tests.
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- Make it your ultimate goal. What do you want most? To pass this test. This should be your attitude towards taking CETs. Don’t think of failing or not getting in your dream university. Don’t settle for less. Do everything you can to pass! Believe in yourself, but remember that there’s a fine line between believing in yourself and being hubris.
- Pamper yourself. Reward yourself days before the test, such as eating your favorite food, shopping for some trinkets or getting a massage. It’ll somehow make you feel confident that you could do anything and will take your mind off the pressure and stress of CETs.
- Study. Unless you’re really really really smart, the probability of passing CETs with stock knowledge is around one in a thousand. Never take advantage of these tests since you could only take it once! It might be late for summer review centers but other schools offer review classes a month before the exam or you could always borrow a reviewer from your classmate.
- Never cram. Don’t study at least two nights before the exam. You could glance on some important topics a night before but that’s it. Also, don’t bring your reviewers on the testing centers to read while waiting. Instead, just talk to other people and relax.
- Have a good night sleep. It’s important to feel refreshed and energized on the day of your exam. You wouldn’t want to doze off while you’re taking the test, would you?
On the actual day -
- Relax. It’s the most important thing of all! Your brain wouldn’t function properly if you keep thinking you would fail. Go to your happy place, listen to your favorite music playlist or chat with friends before taking the test.
- Eat. Obviously, an empty stomach leads to an empty mind. If possible, eat your ultimate go-to comfort food. Reminder though - don’t overeat.
- Check if you have all the requirements with you. Seriously, recheck everything. Nothing will ruin your good mood but the hassle you’ll experience if you leave something behind.
- Wear comfortable clothes. This is a scenario wherein comfort before style comes in. There are still people who wear heels and mini-skirts when taking the test but there’s nothing wrong with that, just make sure you’re perfectly comfortable. Also, a jacket is a must.
- Listen to the instructions. Listen to everything the proctor says and follow the rules. Enough said.
- When nervous, stop. Breathe in, breath out. Do this three times before proceeding instead of forcing yourself to think.
- Get lost in your own world. Focus on answering the tests. Don’t mind your seatmate if he finishes first. Don’t mind the noise outside. Don’t mind anything except for the test.
- Time is gold. Do everything as fast as you can, but don’t rush. If a question is too hard or keeping you too long, skip and try again later. A tip my Math teacher gave me was to mark my answers first then shade everything later, even when the time’s up (just do it discreetly). It’s really helpful especially on test categories with 5-10 minutes to answer. Also, try not to keep track of the time. The natural reaction when there are only a few minutes left is to cram and lose focus of the test. Personally, I would continue answering like nothing happened and just shade random circles when the time’s up. Hahaha!
- Answer everything. There’s a higher chance the answer you chose is correct than completely leaving the question blank. But of course, make an intelligent guess.
It’s finished, finally! It’s time to treat yourself (yes, again haha) and just relax. Don’t stress about it too much although don’t be too confident about the results either. Basically, be cool about it and focus on your senior life in high school. Good luck!