Next week you will take your State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam for Math and reading. I know how hard you have worked, but there is something very important you must know: The STAAR test does not assess all of wht makes each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you the way I do, and certainly not the way your families do.
They do not know that some of you speak two languages or that you ove to sing or draw. They have not seen your natural talent for dancing. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them, that your laughter can brighten the darkest day, or that your face turns red who you feel shy.
They do not know that you participate in sports, wonder about the future, or sometimes you help with your little brother or sister after school. They do not know that you are kind, trustworthy, and thoughtful….and everyday you try to be your very best.
The scores you will get from this test will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything. There are many ways of being smart. You are smart! You are enough! You are the light that brightens my day! So while you are preparing for the test and in the midst of it all, remember that there is no way to ‘test’ all of the amazing and awesome things that make you, YOU!
So I invite you to imagine that this is a letter to you prior to going in to take your GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, SAT, SSAT, ACT, USMLE, DAT, NBDE…etc!. You aren’t the sum of your quant, integrated reasoning, reading compression, or verbal scores (etc.). Admissions folks know it. And we do too. But how can you draw from these other strengths and harness the additional business ju-ju to manifest your best score? How do you think it would make a difference for you to include this multi-faceted get-in-the-zone approach?
Achieving this optimal state is quick and easy. And I’ll continue to contribute information about it here. If you need more advice on more ways to reach an optimal mental state for taking high stakes tests, enquire here or email/call me directly. As one of the only companies to incorporate a variety of mindful/holistic tools in students’ schedules, as needed, when preparing for and taking tests, we are as to those used by a sports psychologist with high performance athletes.
And we are committed to your success and helping you shine in and out of the testing center!
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