The MCAT is a beast of a test and there are so many tips and tricks to use for preparing for it. However, not a lot of people share their ‘day of’ tips. Here are some of my personal tips for what to do the day of the test based on my personal experience.
1. Try to have a relaxing night
Obviously you want a good night’s sleep but if you can’t fall asleep because of nerves, try to do something relaxing that does not include technology. Maybe read a book or journal just to keep your mind at ease and rest.
2. Get there early… duh
You will not be the only one and it will cut down some of your anxiety.
3. Stretch during breaks
You’re going to be sitting for a long time. During my breaks I did full yoga stretches and even sat down on the floor to do the butterfly – I didn’t worry about what I looked like, I just wanted to feel comfortable.
4. Pack smart
I brought plenty of snacks and a cardigan because I tend to get cold.
5. Know the rules
You need proper forms of ID. Also, some places will only let you bring in ear buds to the testing site if they are still in the package so double check this.
6. Don’t make plans
You may be mentally exhausted by the time the test is done. If you want to celebrate after, do so but don’t plan anything too strenuous otherwise you may regret it.