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“This life is a test—it is only a test.
If it had been an actual life, you would have received further
instructions on where to go and what to do.
Remember, this life is only a test.”

–Jack Kornfield, from A Path with Heart


What you should bring:
Two sharpened pencils
A calculator
A small snack

What you should expect:
Hundreds of questions. You won’t know the answer to any of them.

(Just kidding. You’ll know some of the answers.)

What you should do when you don’t know an answer:
If you are pretty sure, then take a guess.
If you kind of know, skip it, then circle back once you’ve dealt with the easy stuff.
If you really have no clue at all, move on quickly and hope you never see anything like that again.

Tips for success:
Look out for trick questions and confusing directions.
Get a good night’s sleep.
Smile at the proctor, but know that he/she can’t help you.
Get born smart.

Above all, don’t be nervous.


(photo credit: Maps and Mapping by Ben Butterfield, c. 1966.)