The What To Do Before The Exam Checklist

Being prepared means being ready the morning of the exam.

When preparing for an exam, it is “best practice” to have an idea of what has to occur before the actual test day. A checklist for the weeks/days leading up to the exam to help keep you organized and be better prepared. Below is a list of things to think about and do before test day to reduce anxiety and stress.


1. Be as prepared as possible for the test

  • Find out details about the format of the exam and be sure to know what the exam is testing (content). Also, be aware of the time restrictions.
  • Make sure to have a study plan for the exam. It is not a good idea to cram right before the test, so make sure you set time aside to be prepared and study the appropriate materials.
  • Check out this link to a 6-month study plan and 1-year study plan


2. Prepare all your materials the night before

  • Make sure to have all your items ready for the test the night before so that you can get up with a clear mind and reduce stress on exam day.
  • Set out your clothes the night before and make sure to wear clothing that is comfortable and not restrictive. It might be a good idea to layer your clothing as well.
  • Have all the materials needed for the exam ready the night before. Sharpen all #2 pencils, pack your lunch if it is a long exam, and make sure to have everything organized and on the ready.


3. Know what types of documentation you need

  • Often times, a testing center will need documentation to verify who you are. It is essential to know the government issued ID required at the testing center. If you are confused about what documentation you need, check the website where you registered for the exam.


4. Know where you are going

  • To eliminate stress on the day of the test, know where you are going. Know where the testing center is located and make sure to estimate how long you will need to get there. It is important to arrive on time, if not early so that you can get comfortable with the setting and leave time for any unforeseen events.


5. Get a good night sleep

  • Testing Day is a big deal and so is an early bedtime. A good night sleep will help reduce stress and start your day off on the right foot. Don’t stay up late to cram for the exam, you should have studied over the past few weeks/months and no amount of late night studying will help. Go to sleep, stay relaxed, and don’t stress.


6. Eat a good breakfast

  • Eat a breakfast that provides energy but don’t overindulge. Eat foods that are rich in protein and make sure to drink plenty of liquids; stay away from drinks that have excess sugar or caffeine.
  • An example of a quality pre-test breakfast would be an egg with whole grain toast, side of fresh fruit with cottage cheese or yogurt, and a cup of tea or coffee to stay hydrated.


7. Use the restroom before the test begins

  • Make sure to use the restroom before the exam. In many test settings, you are able to leave for an emergency bathroom visit but it will take away time from the exam and may cause you to lose focus. Best bet is to use the restroom right before you sit for the exam.


8. Take deep breaths and get in the “testing” mindset


If you thought this checklist was helpful, check out “Test Taking Strategies During the Exam”


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