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This is a one-shot test that could define you for the rest of your life, however cruel that might sound. (The UPCAT cannot be re-taken, though the ACET can be re-taken once after one year.)
Of course you'd be scared to death. That's the future of your wife and kids, your future home, your job, that you're writing down with every Scantron bubble you shade, and some of you know it.
Now for that some of you who do know it, (though I don't claim that this is true; there are many paths to success outside the biggest universities. Take a look at Steve Jobs.) you'd have sweaty palms, a rapid pulse and a never-ending flow of urine from anxiety.
You obviously don't want this, so here are some tips to keep you calm and collected on test day.
1. Take a practice test to simulate test-day conditions.
If you can complete the package with air-conditioning, the stuffy college lecture room odor, proctors and strict timing, you'd be more familiar with what's actually going to happen on test day. With this, when you take the test, you'll feel like you've been on the same path before.
2. Go to your testing center the really early.
If you're taking the test in the afternoon, try jogging around the campus the weekend before. If you're taking it in the morning, you could also opt to go really early, (as in 4-5:00 early!) to let the feel of the testing center sink in.
While you're there, look for the washroom and walk around the hallways. Make it feel just like your own school so that you don't get to taken by the unfamiliar surroundings.
3. Practice shading
There's actually a tested method for shading that takes the least time possible, but at least there's a general consensus over how not to shade. Don't be OC and all trying to make it look pretty and perfect, a simple, solid shade will do.
4. Remember that the test is also about endurance.
Pace yourself and don't get too panicky with the questions. Take it one at a time, but never, ever fret over an item.
Its the entirety of the test that counts, so just worry about getting as many correct answers as possible. Letting a previous mistake or a terrible performance in a section will only distract you from the task at hand when you move on, and could lead to lower scores. This is of particular concern because the Reading Comprehension sections, which require your complete attention, is often at the end of the test.
Work on toughening your mentality for a really long test like this by doing practice tests and by learning to leave things behind. Remember, when you're done with a section, you can't go back, so just look at the big picture