Ace Your Next Exam!

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Taking a test can be stressful, but Clayborne Education is here to help you build your test-taking strategy. For major tests like the MCAT, LSAT, SAT and ACT, you’ll need to be sure to give yourself enough time to prepare and review your study materials. Test-prep should start weeks to months in advance. To build your strategy, you need to understand the topics the test will cover and the layout of the test.

There are small lifestyle changes that can make a big impact on your score. Good study habits combined with a healthy lifestyle are key when preparing for major tests. Below, we’ve created eight study tips to help you make your best grade!

    The night before your exam, it's critical that you get your rest. Your brain functions best when it's well-rested, so be sure to get your 8 hours!
    Fueling your body with healthy foods also helps your brain function at its peak! Avoid processed foods and opt for whole, nutritious meals. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water!
    Healthy body, healthy mind. Be sure to get at least 30 minutes of exercise 3 to 4 days per week to keep your body fit and your mind sharp.

    Fight the urge to procrastinate! It may sound counter-intuitive, but cramming the night before is not effective. Preparation starts not days, but weeks to months in advance. Practicing healthy habits before the exam helps you to feel less stressed and ready to ace your exams!
    The day of your exam, try to get an early start. If your exam starts at 8 AM, we suggest waking up at 6 AM. Make time for a good workout to get your endorphins going–this prepares your mind for your day and will help you focus later. Be sure to arrive at your exam site early.

    Eating breakfast every day helps to give your brain the energy it needs to accomplish tasks. Before your exam, avoid sugary foods and opt for nutrient-rich foods like whole grains, avocado, berries, fish, eggs, or nuts.

    Take a deep breath. Before you walk into your exam, take a moment to go over your test-taking strategy. Take a moment to breathe and center your mind to prepare for what’s ahead.


    You got this! You're more prepared than you think. If you've followed the tips on this list, you'll be ready to take on your big day.


Clayborne Education has helped all three of my children with standardized testing for the SAT, ACT, and GRE. The one-on-one approach that is tailored to strengthen weaknesses without wasting time on strengths has made the process doable and engaging. My kids have gone through their various standardized tests well-prepared, and confident. With Clayborne’s help, my kids know they maximized their testing taking abilities, and earned the best scores they were capable of earning. We have also used Clayborne Education’s math and science tutoring, as well as academic coaching services. Those services have been excellent, as well. I am grateful to have a service such as Clayborne around to make what could be a stressful college application situation navigable and smooth. I can’t recommend Clayborne Education enough!
— Diane Auger Smith