Tests are an important part of every student’s life. Tests are designed to assess a student’s understanding of the essential topics and so are also used as a measure of a particular student’s knowledge. Therefore, tests are used by colleges and universities to seek out the best candidates and give them admission to the courses they offer. This makes tests almost career-defining. Hence, it is important to put in your best effort and try to ace every test that you take. Let us now take a look at the 4 Mistakes that one has to avoid when preparing for tests.
Start Preparing Too Late:
This is one of the most common mistakes that students make when preparing for tests. They underestimate the time it would take for a good test preparation and so leave it until it is actually too late to start preparing for the test. This leads to a rushed preparation that usually involves several hours of study each day. Such preparation will definitely get you burned out soon. Hence, it is always wise to start preparing for any test early. This will ensure that you only have to put in a few hours of preparation a day and also leave you with enough time in the end to revise and take practice tests.
Not Practicing Enough:
It is always wise to take up several practice tests in the months leading up to the actual test. This will ensure that you become familiar with the time constraints that you will face and also strategize for any other problems that you might face during the test. Not taking such mock tests will leave you taking the test without any previous experience and highly exposed to problems such as poor time management.
Not Packing the Right Stationery:
This is another very common mistake that a lot of students make. Not packing the right stationery to take into the exam venue can cause you unwanted stress and maybe even panic. This mistake stems from the previous point that we made – lack of practice. With enough practice, you would have definitely remembered to carry all the right stationery that you would need for the test.
Not Having a Time Management Plan:
Time management is one of the most important aspects of any test. It would not matter if you knew the answer to all questions if you cannot write them down within the stipulated time. Hence, it is always advisable to have a solid time management plan and implement it during the test.
The AP tests are a career-defining period in any student’s life. It is these tests and the grades you score that will determine which course you will study and in which college. Hence, it is important to put in thorough preparation for these tests and give it your absolute best. Let us now take a look at how you should ideally schedule your preparation throughout the year to ace the AP tests.
The Fall terms should be spent in setting up a good routine that you can follow without stressing yourself too much. This is particularly important. A lot of students go into the year eagerly and set up a timetable that simply wears them down after a few weeks. You should remember that this routine will have to be followed for over 9 months and set up a plan accordingly. Once you have a routine set up with classes and study hours demarcated, the next step would be to religiously start taking notes. There might be textbooks available but taking notes will make you imbibe the concepts better. Even when revising the concepts, a quick glance at your own handwritten notes will quickly bring the concepts back to your memory.
By the time November starts, you should be well set in your routine. Your study notes for each AP course will be starting to take good shape. Although it is way too early to start taking full mock AP tests, you can start trying your hand at the practice questions on the textbooks. This term is also the ideal time to find a study buddy or a small study group. Make sure you sync up your study schedules and take time to review each other’s notes. That way, you can see if you’ve missed any points that the teacher might have mentioned in class. You need to keep reviewing your notes from the previous term to keep the concepts fresh in your memory.
By the time you enter February, your teachers should have covered most subject material. This means that you’ll be able to start taking full mock AP tests. Make sure to imitate the real thing by setting aside time and following all the rules of the actual exam. These should continue all the way to April.
The AP Test:
Just before the test day, make sure you stop all preparation and do something fun to relax your mind. Last minute cramming never helps. Take the test with confidence and see yourself get those wonderful grades!