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Managing SAT Anxiety

Preparing for and writing the SAT can be extremely stressful and anxiety inducing- but it doesn’t have to be! We’ve compiled a list of our top tips for managing test-related anxiety. We hope you find them helpful!

Tip 1: Take Care of Yourself

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Make sure that you are getting enough sleep, keeping hydrated, and getting exercise. It can be easy to forget about being healthy when are studying for the SAT. You are stressed and feel like you don’t have time to take care of yourself. However, resist the urge to put yourself last! You can do this by drinking enough water (9 cups for women and 13 for men), getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night, and keeping active by taking daily walks.

Tip 2: Breathe!


Take a moment now to take a deep breathe. Notice what happens to your body. You instantly become more calm and relaxed. This simple tip is very underused and delivers big results. There are many ways to practice deep breathing. We recommend box breathing. To do box breathing make sure you are sitting comfortably in a quiet space where you will not be disturbed. Then breath in through your nose for four counts, hold for four counts, exhale through your mouth for four counts and then hold for four counts. Repeat 4 times or more if needed.

Tip 3: Know What to Expect

As humans we often fear what we don’t know. So, familiarizing yourself with the format and content of the test to the best of your ability can do wonders to manage anxiety. When you know what to expect  and feel prepared it becomes must less scary. You can do this by taking multiple practice tests, by becoming very familiar with what is contained in each section of the test, and making time to work on areas you find the most intimidating. Seek outside help if solo studying is difficult for you.

Tip 4: Nurture Other Interests

When the SAT is looming over you it can be hard to imagine taking the time to do something other than studying! However, when you do take time to be with friends or do hobbies you will come back to studying more refreshed and able to focus.

Find more information about the SAT on our website and learn about our SAT prep classes.

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