Empowerly’s Guide to Exams and Tests

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Madeleine Karydes
Madeleine Karydes

Madeleine attended UC Berkeley and double-majored in English and Media Studies. She is now an integral part of the Empowerly team.

In high school, many students feel like exams and test scores rule their world. Teachers will tell you how your scores indicate how much you’ve learned in a class. The big aptitude tests like the ACT or SAT feel like a determiner of your intelligence. With so much focus on these exams, it can feel like the right score will determine your whole future. Given all that pressure stacked on, it’s no wonder they are also a major source of stress and anxiety! While it’s true that exams and tests are important, there are also some very manageable steps you can take to prepare. Today, we’re proud to share the official Empowerly’s Guide to Exams and Tests to tackle those worries.

First, how do I know which exams and tests to take?

No matter where your starting point is, this guide will explain what you need to know. There are a few different types of tests to remember. Once you know what different kinds of tests are out there, you’ll be better prepared to make sure you’re on track with other high school students.

You’ll also need to know when to take them! A calendar is a great idea. Building a strategy is the first step to knowing what you need to do. With that information in hand, you’ll be ready to start the real work: studying.

You can improve your scores

If you give yourself enough time to adequately prepare, and potentially retake the exams in question, you are already ahead of the game. Hard work can improve your scores. We’re here to help you stay on top of your deadlines and fully understand what you need to do!

Our tips include:

  • Profiles of the different types of tests you’ll face
  • Advice for acing college entrance exams
  • Starter tips for English language proficiency tests
  • Skills for test preparation and best practices

Each section will help you improve and see real differences. We hope that understanding the keys to these exams will help you focus, relax, and boost your performance.

Here is Empowerly’s Guide to Exams and Tests:

Go ahead, download it! This is Empowerly’s Guide to Exams and Tests. This guide provides pointers from start to finish.

We’re proud to provide this knowledge free of charge to any student who needs help. Read through it, share it with friends, post it on social media, and reference it any time.

This is a preview of what you’ll find inside…

What score should I aim for?

There is no pass or fail for the SAT/ACT, but you should aim to achieve a better than the national median score. Before you decide on the score you want to achieve you should first look at the colleges you plan to apply to and aim to achieve at least the median score for the target schools on your list.

Still unsure? Empowerly can help you build a school list and figure out what your goal scores should be, as well!

How can I prepare?

Here are a sample of the tips we walk you through in the guide (linked above). Download the full copy for more like this!

  • Time
    • Give yourself ample time to get to the testing place. You should show up at least 5 minutes before the test will start.
  • Materials
    • Bring more than one pen and pencil and any other material (calculator with extra batteries) you are allowed to have.
    • Make sure you have a watch so you can pace yourself.
  • Starting places
    • When you first receive your test, skim through the entire test so that you know how much time you expect to work on each section.
    • Start with the easiest problems first. If you get stuck, skip over it and return to it once you have finished.

You can find all this and more in Empowerly’s Guide to Exams and Tests. Despite the fact that colleges are changing their requirements, knowing how to ace a test without fear is a life-long skill. And of course, be sure to brush up on these skills and tips if you do decide to sign up for a big test. We’ve got your back!

Still struggling?

That’s what we are here for! We are happy to answer your questions about how to get started with the Empowerly team. Click the link below or give us a call to set you up with a complimentary consultation session where we can share more information about our program and approach. The Empowerly counselors have experience helping with every part of the college application, including the standardized testing process. Book your consult today.

Questions? Let us know!