When I decided to take my pre-licensing examination, I knew that I would have to purchase books on the subject, or rent classroom materials for the duration of the testing period. I also knew that I could not go online or call friends for help for the same reason. My best option at that point in time was to purchase prep books for my Nursing Assignment, but what about practice problems? Would I really be able to get as much practice as I needed?
When you prepare for any type of standardized test like the TEAS or the MCITP, you need to devote time to practice beforehand. This is especially true when studying for any sort of standardized tests. In order to study effectively, you need to spend time doing research, rather than simply reading text books. When you do read text books, it is likely that most of the information that is taught will be covered in the lesson plan. However, much of the teaching will be done by way of practice problems. This is an excellent method of learning, but how can you get ahead of the test so that you can maximize your score?
One of the most effective ways to prepare for a test is to make sure that you are constantly reviewing previously prepared material. Many students are surprised to discover just how much the material they studied has already been reviewed during their course of studies. Therefore, it is important that you review prior topics in your prep materials and games, as well as practice problems.
Having practice problems to do is not enough, because the actual exam is rarely straight-forward. The test will usually ask different questions, and depending on the type of math class that you are taking, there may be more or less than one answer that is correct. Students need to be prepared for both wrong answers and right answers, which mean that they should make sure that they have covered all of the previous topics in their course of studies. Furthermore, some tests will require additional information that you will need to know to help answer the math question that is being asked.
One thing that many students do not do enough of is practice with friends and classmates. It is important that you practice problems with real people, because no matter how prepared you are, it is never a good idea to do practice problems with mathematics teachers, who cannot give you accurate feedback. Furthermore, real people can offer encouragement to you, when you are feeling low about your score. This can significantly help you feel more positive about your scores, which is very important when you are preparing for any type of standardized test. In addition, if you have a friend that takes a math class with you, then you should schedule a few minutes of yours each night to go over some of the problems you have studied, so that you are ready when test time comes around.
In addition to practicing with friends and classmates, another way to prepare is to take a practice math class at a local community college. Community colleges often offer a wide variety of introductory classes that will get students thinking in the right direction, as well as introducing them to the concepts of algebra, statistics, calculus, etc. Many students also benefit from taking a pre-licensing course in math. While this does not usually teach the topics that will be tested in the SATs, it can help prepare the student for the topics they will be tested on. For example, knowing the state codes for shopping areas can make studying for the math portion of the SAT substantially easier.
The above are just two ways of getting the most out of your SAT math practice time. Before going to test day, remember to review the material you have covered in the classes discussed. Write down the best practice problems that you can identify with, and work on writing out answers to those problems until you have completely mastered the concept. It is also highly important to eat right before test day, as eating right before tests helps you to remain focused, calm, and confident. Lastly, do plenty of water!