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Your Guide to Finals

For most school districts, finals take place at the end of December just before the annual break or right after you return to school in January. But no matter when your finals are, it’s important to do well on them! We’ve put together a few tips to ensure all our students do well on their finals this semester.

young-791849_640Know How Much of Your Grade Depends on the Test
Some teachers put a big emphasis on finals while others make them worth only a small fraction of your grade. Knowing which classes will ride on your final score is important – you don’t want to be caught off guard and not realize your geometry final will make up half of your semester grade until you sit down to take the test. If your grade depends heavily on your final, it could affect your GPA and scholarship eligibility.

Ask What it Will Cover
Will your final ask questions about everything you’ve learned over the semester or only the previous quarter? Are there any especially important topics your teacher will emphasize? Ask if you don’t already know! Most teachers are more than willing to let you know what to expect so you know if you’ll need to study everything you’ve covered since class started or just a few core concepts.

Figure Out Which Study Methods Work for You
How do you learn best? Memorizing flashcards, teaching someone else, or reading about a topic? Everyone is different, so don’t feel pressured to study in a way that doesn’t help you retain any information. Here are a few strategies to get you started.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help
Your teachers, tutors, counselors, and family members are there to help you, so speak up if you’re worried about doing well on your finals. These people are all too happy to help you study, go over material you’re not familiar with, and provide useful tips and tricks for memorizing all those math formulas and historic dates!

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Update Your Standardized Test Scores

pencil-487673_1920ACT and SAT scores were released recently, so if you took (or retook) one of these tests and got your scores back, it’s time to update your Cappex profile. Here’s why:

You’ll Get a More Realistic View of Your Chances
Students love our What Are My Chances Calculator, but you won’t have an accurate understanding of what your odds are if you’re relying on old test scores when check out our scattergram. If your scores have improved, we need to know so we can recalculate your chances!

We Can Find More Scholarships for You
It’s no secret college is expensive and most high schoolers are looking for scholarships to pay for it. We have more than $11 billion in scholarships in our database, so we’re one of the top places students go to look for free money for college. Updating your test scores means we’ll be able to better match you with scholarships that have minimum ACT or SAT score requirements.

You Can Connect With More Schools
Most colleges have GPA and standardized test requirements. By making sure your profile up up to date with your latest and greatest scores, schools that want students like you will be able to connect with you.

Update your scores now, and if you need to sign up for an ACT or SAT retake, check out our favorite standardized test study tips.

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Last Chance to Impress the College of Your Dreams

castle-336498_1920You have just enough time left to retake the ACT or SAT before you send off your college applications. With more than half of testers performing better the second time, why not give it another go? Here are our best tips for bumping up your score.

Get Some Rest
Yeah, this tip seems obvious. But it’s true that getting enough sleep leads to better test results. A study conducted by the ACT found that students who slept 7-10 hours before their second test improved their composite score by one full point. Those who got only a few hours of rest only saw composite scores increase by 0.5 points.

Get some exercise the day before and turn your phone off early the evening before the test. That will ensure you get a full night’s sleep.

Eat That Breakfast
Another self-explanatory tip, we know. Students who filled up before their retake saw their composite scores increase one point, according to the same ACT study, while those who skipped breakfast saw only a 0.7 point jump.

Think Positive
It’s not just New Age hippie nonsense – it’s science! A study by University of Toronto professor Adam Anderson shows being in a positive mood increases the amount of information you process, which could be the key to doing well on those reading comprehension questions. Another bonus to thinking positive: A good state of mind makes you more relaxed, and the more comfortable you’re feeling, the more likely you are to perform well and boost your score.

Take a Whiff
Do you smell that? Researchers at the UK’s Northumbria University found rosemary’s scent can improve memory. Dab some rosemary essential oil on your wrists before you head into your testing center and see if it works when you’re trying to recall a math formula.

Bring a Stick of Gum
Here’s an easy way to improve your chances of a better score: chew gum. Pop a stick into your mouth about 20 minutes pre-test time. Researchers from St. Lawrence University found gum-chewing test takers recalled 25 to 50 percent more information than those who didn’t chew. This effect is relatively short-lived, though – the study found the improved recollection only occurred within 15 to 20 minutes of chewing the gum.

As long as you have another chance to improve your score, go for it! Great ACTs and SATs can get you into the college of your dreams, earn you a merit scholarship, and relieve plenty of the stress you feel during the application process.

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