(CNN) - Students across the country are gearing up for college admissions tests and maybe it's a coincidence that "test" and "stressed" rhyme?
Neither is much fun.
But you can make test-taking a little less stress-making, by following a few tips.
First, expect a little stress.
That doesn't sound like much help. But look, the test is important to you; you want to do well; a little nervousness is natural.
Don't let that psych you out.
Just focus on what you showed up to do, and remember that it can't last forever.
Speaking of showing up, do that a little early.
Don't be rushed getting to the test location; it'll up your stress before you arrive.
The night before the test, make sure you have your stuff packed, gas in the car, the right bus schedule, or a dependable ride. You'll have fewer problems getting to the test venue and getting focused.
Before you walk out the door, though, have something to eat, especially fruits or vegetables. Heavy foods with lots of fat can slow you down.
Chocolate and soda are out, but egg whites and orange juice are in.
And if you're allowed, bring a banana or granola bar to the test. A quiet, contented stomach can equal a more focused brain.
Of course, sleep can help as well. When people are tired, they're less patient and you need patience for an exam.
When people are tired, they're easily annoyed.
Finally, take a few quiet moments to yourself before test time.
Whether you're praying, taking deep breaths, or calmly and quietly visualizing total exam domination, you're conditioning your mind for the task ahead and that can help you leave some stress behind.
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