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  The power of sleep

"THE STRATEGIES: Get Smarter Without Lifting a Finger" will take two minutes to watch, and a few extra hours to do, but you'll be asleep the whole time, so it will be AWESOME.

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
--George Bernard Shaw

First, let’s talk about the main thing you can do to improve your score. You do it before you even start a test, and believe it or not, it does not involve doing any work at all.

See, there are actually lots of students who would earn an 800 on a perfect day. The tricky part is arranging to have a perfect day on demand.

The research, and my experience, both say very clearly that the most important thing you can do during the three days leading up to any major standardized test is to get lots of sleep. So get as much as you can. Get to bed early, get up late, take naps, whatever it takes to be as well-rested as you possibly can.

And don’t fool yourself into thinking that this only applies to the day of the official test. No, whatever you practice will become permanent, so this applies to every single practice test from here on in.

If you do it right, then your next practice test might be your last.

Just in case you’re not convinced, let me just say that cheating yourself of even one hour of sleep lowers your working IQ by 5 to 15 points until you catch up on sleep. In other words, when you’re short on sleep, your thought processes get measurably worse. Like, a lot worse. And, of course, this test will notice that difference, and your score will reflect it.

Now, let’s turn it around and ask a really important question: if you could make yourself 5 to 15 IQ points smarter for this test, don’t you think that would be a good idea? Of course it would. And if you could do it in a way that was perfectly pleasant, completely free, and pretty quick, wouldn’t that make the decision even easier?

So get the extra hour of sleep. Do whatever you need to do to get this to happen.