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Test Prep: Introduction

Resources and support for ACT, GED, GRE, IELTS, TOEIC, TOEFL, and SAT

Getting Started

Welcome to the Seattle Central Library Test Prep Guide!

  • For general test prep information and tips, see below.
  • For information regarding specific tests, select the test you are taking from the tabs at the top of the page.
  • We have books you can borrow to help you prepare for the ACT, GED, IELTS, TOEIC, TOEFL, and SAT; Look for the library shelves with the sign Test Prep.
  • For information about tests administered by the Testing Center at Seattle Central College, visit the Testing Center's website.

Test Taking Tips

Before the Test

  • Look up information about the test you are taking (for example, registration deadlines, requirements, etc.)
  • Contact the appropriate departments on-campus for more information about the test
  • Consult any mentors, professors, or peers for test specific advice
  • Review material from previous courses, test prep books, and online sources
  • Take practice tests
  • Remember to practice self-care. Fuel your brain and body! Make sure you eat well, sleep well, stay active, and take breaks from studying.

During the Test

  • Make sure you have the necessary supplies (for example, a student ID, pencils, etc.)
  • Read the instructions
  • Take your time
  • If you start to feel anxious, pause and take a deep breath

Test Taking Anxiety

Test taking anxiety is a normal part of the test taking process. There can be different forms of test taking anxiety:

  • Physical: Feeling a "knot" in your stomach, shaking hands, tense shoulders and neck, increased heart rate, dry mouth, or nausea
  • Emotional: Fear, anxiety, or panic
  • Cognitive: Problems with memory, attention, or focus

Techniques to deal with test taking anxiety.

  • Pause and take some slow and deep breaths, focus on your breath as it enters and exits your body
  • Tighten and relax muscle groups, starting from your feet and moving up to your neck and face
  • Replace negative thoughts with constructive thoughts
    • For example, "I will do badly on this test" could be changed to "I will do the best I can and if I get a low score, I will learn what I need to do to score better on my next try."