You need to know how often your exam is offered, how many times you may take it, how
much it costs, and how the exam is scored. You'll also want to know what material
is covered so you can begin preparing!
You may consider buying study aids at least a year prior to your planned exam date.
Prep classes are also available, but may be more beneficial closer to your exam date.
Keep in mind, these can be costly.
Some exams, like the MCAT, will cover specific concepts that you'll learn throughout
your undergraduate coursework. Be sure you take adequate notes in classes and hang
on to those after your courses have concluded. You should consider compiling organized
notebooks with all materials related to your exam that will help you "refresh" later.
Make sure you practice in an environment similar to that of the test. If your test
is timed, time yourself accordingly. If your test is computerized try to use online
These tests can be grueling and take stamina, so make sure you get enough rest, eat
nutritious food, and stay calm. If you need to, use relaxation or other techniques
to help ease stress leading up to your exam.
Many standardized tests assess your writing and critical thinking abilities by having
students provide written response to prompts. Sometimes students become so focused
on the content of the test, they forget to prepare for the writing assessment! Be
sure you understand how writing samples will be scored and what constitutes a quality