I remember it like it was yesterday, even though it was the last century. I was sitting at a desk in the front of the gym, hundreds of other kids sitting at similar desks around me. I had my sharpened No. 2 pencils all lined up and ready to go, when one of them rolled off my desk. With only minutes before the SAT started, I thought it would be quicker to just lean over the desk arm to grab the pencil than to get out of the chair to pick it up. So I reached, and I reached, and then yes, I fell down, my desk toppling on top of me, in front of hundreds of kids, a minute before the start of the SAT.
While I don't really remember the rest of that day, I think I did OK on the SAT anyway, mostly because of all the practice, drills, and studying that I did ahead of time. If you're facing a season of the SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests and you're feeling nervous, we have lots of resources that can help you with practice, drills, studying, and tutoring. For these you won't need a No. 2 pencil, just an Austin Public Library card and an internet connection.
A great place to start is with Brainfuse. Brainfuse has free homework help, including a Test Center with practice exams, Flashbulb to help with memorization, and Live Help tutors from 2 pm to 11 pm almost every day. You can take a practice test in the Test Center, and then connect with a tutor to work on the sections that you need help with. You will need to create a login for some of the modules like the Test Center, but that will help you keep track of your progress. Also, if you're not able to connect with a tutor between 2 and 11 pm, you can go to the Send Question section and get an answer back the next business day.
You can also find test prep help at LearningExpress Library. Go to the College Preparation tab for SAT prep, ACT prep, and test-taking skills improvement. After you create a login, you can take practice tests and short courses by adding them to My Center. You can also download eBooks in PDF format for drills, exercises, and essay practice. The sample tests are machine-graded and timed, and you can recreate the stress and tension of the real exam ahead of time.
If you're looking for more help or studying for different exams, look through our Test Preparation Information Guide. It's a great portal for websites, library resources, and tips to find test prep books on our shelves. You can also look over our full list of Test Preparation databases to see other free help available to you online. While we can't keep you from being a klutz and tumbling in front of hundreds of teens, we can help you make sure that you're as prepared as you can be on test-taking day.