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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."
The Counseling Center at Seattle Central College offers all enrolled students personal, career, academic counseling and crisis intervention. Academic counseling can provide referrals to "campus support services such as tutoring".