With the new school year coming up, high school seniors sure are already at the edge of their seats waiting for graduation. But what comes with their last year in high school is CETs season, months of preparing for the different college entrance exams, choosing between courses and campuses, beating the jitters during the exam day and so much more. Basically, it’s having the next four years of your life at stake.
Senior year is not just about CETs season, it also comes with battling senioritis and sepanx from high school. Eventually, you’ll be saying goodbye to the halls you once called home, and friends you consider as family.
With all of these things to think about, how does one get ready for CETs?
What to do months or weeks before your exam
- Lay it all out.
What course do you want to take? What do you see yourself doing in the near future? What are you passionate about? What do you dream to be? Lay out your plans. This is best done with your parents’ guidance. I personally advise that you voice out your plans to your parents or to anyone who will be there to guide you through college. Even when they want you to take a different path, they only want the best for you. In this case, show them where you want to be and who you want to be.
- Gather the facts.
Research about the different courses you plan to apply for and the different campuses you intend to attend to. It’s also good that you check out the curriculums and the career paths each course can offer you. Learn about the faculty, facilities, fees, and scholarships they offer. You should also know the application process, files needed etc. for each school. Know where you will be taking the exam, the location of the washrooms, what to wear etc. Planning ahead saves you the hassle at the end.
There is no perfect formula to aceing college entrance exams, but for sure studying ahead is helpful. College entrance exams in the country vary from each school but most have subtests for Math, English, and Science. You can try taking review classes or using reviewers (which can be purchased from the bookstore or borrowed from peers).
A day before or hours before your exam don’t forget to:
- Check yourself.
Make sure you’re wearing comfortable clothes and you packed all the things you need (e.g. test permit, pencil, eraser, and snacks)
- Eat your pregame meal.
Not too much! Avoid food that may upset your stomach. You don’t want to rush to the washroom at the middle of your exam. You can try nuts, fresh fruits, and chocolate which they recommend as brain food. Take a sandwich, just something light but filling.
- Be on time.
What’s worse than battling nervousness on your exam day? Fighting your way through traffic and running for your life just to get to your testing center.
- Believe in yourself.
You worked hard for this! Shake off the jitters and keep calm. A calm mind and heart will really help you when answering. Believe in what you have done to get here and what you can do to get to wherever you want to be.
Hustle until the end
During the exam
Keep your focus on yourself and your exam. Don’t think about failing, think about succeeding. Try to keep calm throughout the exam to avoid getting a mental block.
Answer the questions you are sure about first, then answer those you can next. Answer last the questions you are unsure about. Accuracy is the key.
- Learn to make educated guesses.
Guessing will leave you a 25% or 50% chance of getting the correct answer. Try to answer all the questions, it’s worth a shot.
What should you do after CETs? Reward yourself! Eat a hefty meal or splurge a little. Treat yourself because you conquered it! Make the most out of your senior year and remember:
It doesn’t matter where what matters is that you get there.
Good luck Batch 2018, my heart is with you on your journey to CETs season.
Photo credit for featured image
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The Ateneo De Manila Seal [Digital image]. (n.d.). Retrieved June 15, 2017, from http://www.ateneo.edu/ateneo-de-manila-seal
University of Santo Tomas Seal [Digital image]. (n.d.). Retrieved June 15, 2017, from http://www.ust.edu.ph/about/the-university-seal-hymn/