Instinctive wrote:What do you suggest test takers do in the last couple of days leading up to the test? Review PTs, drill a weak area, tips for relaxation?
Here's an excerpt from my test-week podcast that may help:
First: What to bring.
It helps to have a list that you can check off - we’ve split our list into three parts.
Part One. The four things you must
your driver’s license
your test-day ticket from lsac.org (print it the night before the test)
your passport photo
12 sharpened #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils are allowed!)
Part Two. The three things you should
a small bottle of water
a snack for the break (a banana and a granola bar)
an analog wristwatch (no digital timers are allowed!)
Part Three. The three things you may
tissues (if you’re prone to sniffles)
tylenol (take a preemptive dose if you’re prone to tension headaches)
highlighter (though why anyone would want to switch between pencil and highlighter and back again during a test is beyond us)
And then, there’s the things you’re not
allowed to bring:
So, with your list checked off, we can start thinking about what’s ahead. This week is about having the opportunity to do something really great. Everything that you do for the next few days should be in service of getting into the mental space most conducive to kicking the test in the nuts.
This week, make sure you get to bed early and wake early, even if that’s not your normal habit. Make sure you eat healthful, balanced meals at regular intervals. Make sure that you get some exercise and some fresh air.Here’s a suggestion for your final-week prep:
Every day, plan for two possible study sessions; one in the morning, and one in the evening. These will be short sessions - one or two test sections for each session.
View each session as an opportunity to succeed - it’s not a learning exercise anymore. In the morning, take a section (or two back-to-back). Grade them. If you do well (and at this point, you know what “well” means for you), then relax; you're done for the day! Spend some time reviewing any misses, but reward your performance with a pat on your back - you’ve earned it.
If, however, you do less than your expectations, remind yourself that the evening will bring another chance for success. Spend some time thinking about where your mistakes came from, and re-confirm what you will do in your evening session to overcome. If your evening session goes well, reward yourself with a frosty beer and get a good night's sleep. If your evening session goes poorly, remind yourself that tomorrow will give you the chance for redemption. Study your miscues, and plan for a morning session that will erase the bad performance of the night before.
Next day, repeat these exercises, keeping your focus on gliding through the work, knowing that success brings rewards and failure brings the opportunity for future success.
On the morning of the test, expect that there will be nerves, and maybe moments of full-on panic. Congratulations; this means that you are human. The test is a big deal, and you know it, and your body knows it, too.
You cannot stop the nerves by asking them politely to leave, but you can trust your training, know the nerves are coming, watch them come toward you, move over you, and pass. The nerves do not define you - what you do in their face is what says who you are. This is a chance for you to rise to the occasion, to meet the moment. Make yourself proud.
I hope this helps,