If you’re like us, you just can’t get enough testing. You look forward to midterms. You celebrate finals. You live for standardized exams. I mean, you must love taking tests. After all, you’re constantly doing it.
You’re in the middle of a cramming session, and you haven’t had much sleep or natural sunlight. The last thing you need is our sarcasm. We know that testing is just one of those things you have to do.
Whether you’re blasting through your junior year of high school, preparing for your SAT/ACTs, approaching your first round of college midterms, or eyeing that very last finals session on your way to college graduation, you’ve got exams on the brain.
And we’ve got tips and resources to help, whether you have to show up in person and fill out a little blue book with clever words for your Greek literature course or you have to roll through three million multiple choice questions in one hour for your online class in public administration; whether you’ve been studying regularly all semester or you're planning to learn three month’s of curriculum the night before; whether you anticipate your exams with a slow, creeping dread, or you secretly sort of enjoy them but never tell people because you know they’ll hate you.
However you approach exams, we’ll be right there beside you. Well, not right beside you. That would be cheating. But, we’re here to help right up until the start of your exam. And we’ll be waiting right here when you’re done, just in case you want to tell us how well you did. Either way, we’re so super proud of you. Way to go, sport.
Until then, come on in and poke around. But watch where you step. We’re dropping knowledge everywhere:
Everybody prepares for exams differently. Maybe you’re the all-night-caffeine-and-cram type of studier. Maybe you’ve spent a week taking practice exams online. Perhaps you've made index cards and you wander your campus insisting that everybody — classmates, teaching asssistants, passing strangers, everybody — quiz you. Whatever your preferred method, and whatever medium, we’ve got tips to help:
- Online Exam Tips You’ll Be Thankful For
- 10 Study Tips for ADD/ADHD Students
- Study Tips for Rocking Your Finals and Study Mixes That Rock
- Study Music Increases Your Brain Power
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You can also visit a few of our more robust resource collections, where you’ll find all kinds of tips, links, and resources:
- Visit the Study Lounge for more study strategies, some critical advice on avoiding plagiarism, and our ever-growing series of Study Starters for popular course subjects like Political Science, Philosophy, and World Religion.
- Visit the Writing Lab for help crafting awesome admissions essays, writing amazing college papers, and conducting reliable research.
- Visit the Savvy Student’s Guide to Study Skills for tips on everything from time management and reading comprehension to studying in groups and preparing for oral presentation finals.
Test Prep Courses
If you’re facing down your college boards, AP exams, or other critical college and grad school entrance exams, you may need more than just a few tips. You may require actual support and guidance from test prep experts. Fortunately, there are courses and programs both online and in-person that can provide you with practice, strategies, and one-on-one support as you prepare for those all-important exams. Read on for a look at some of the most noteworthy test preparation courses and whether they might be right for you:
ACT Prep Courses
- The 20 Best Self-Guided ACT Prep Resources
- The 10 Best Online ACT Prep Tutoring Services
- The 8 Best In-Person ACT Prep Programs
SAT Prep Resources & Services
- The 20 Best Self-Guided SAT Prep Resources
- The 10 Best Online SAT Prep Tutoring Services
- The 10 Best In-Person SAT Prep Programs
GRE Prep Resources & Services
GMAT Prep Resources & Services
LSAT Prep Resources & Services
Alternatives To Testing
If all this talk of testing has you digging your fingernails into your keyboard, you can relax and unclench your hands. There are actually tons of great schools that are reconsidering the necessity of standardized tests. In fact, some of the most reputable colleges and universities around are going test-optional or test-free. Read our two part series to learn more:
- Test-Optional Universities Threaten SAT/ACT Credibility: Part I
- Test-Optional Universities Threaten SAT/ACT Credibility…Or Do They?: Part II
If you fall on the other end of the spectrum, and you really do thrive as a test-taker, there are a few ways you can take even more tests! Don’t laugh. If you’re an ambitious high school student, it could actually be worth your while. If you’re not afraid of a few extra courses or exams, check out: