Six times a year at Everest, we take a moment to wish our test preparation students the very best, knowing that we have taken them as far as we can and that they are prepared to succeed. Tomorrow they will get up way too early, drag themselves out of a warm bed, and head out into a cold February morning to a familiar (or unfamiliar) school. For the next four hours or more, they will face one of their greatest challenges to date as they read and figure and think and fill in hundreds of tiny circles.
The sheer physical undertaking of getting through the test itself is difficult, let alone the mental challenges presented by all the grammar, algebra, geometry, and technical charts and graphs they will face. No one should underestimate the effort and the strength that it takes to tackle a test booklet of more than 50 pages, to keep turning to the next page, to keep working each question as carefully as the last. And they face these challenges knowing full well that they are doing this so that they can have as many opportunities and choices available to them as they take that next step in life from high school to college.
Recognizing how hard this challenge is, I am always nervous for my students but also very excited, as I know that they have the tools to succeed. I also know that we have thoroughly prepared them for the ordeal ahead by taking full practice tests several times. Most importantly, after everything we have put them through, they know that they are ready to tackle anything the test can throw at them. Tomorrow is the "real deal" though, so the team here at Everest sends all our best thoughts and wishes to our crew of testers, and wants them all to know that we are with them in spirit as we have given them all that we can to succeed tomorrow. Seize the day – you are going to do great!