SAT exam day can be nearly as challenging for parents as it is for students. You are likely to be the first people your child will interact with on exam day, so how can you best help your child?
Keep Your Cool
No matter how anxious, nervous, or stressed you feel for your child, don’t let it show. They are anxious enough for themselves. Stay calm and exude positivity and encouragement. You will be the last round of confidence boosting support that your child will see. Relax and remain confident that your child can do their best. Tell them how proud you are of their preparation and that you are certain they have done what it takes to perform well. Put any jitters aside until after you child has left.
You can be helpful the night and morning before the exam. Without nagging, gently suggest that your child has their bag packed with all of their essentials, ready by the door. Propose an earlier bedtime and help the household stay quiet so your child can get a good night of sleep. In the morning, have a nutritious breakfast ready so that your child won’t have to scramble to find something to eat. Offer to drive your child to the test site. With everything on their mind, it might be nice to have one less worry. Ask your child if there is anything you can do to help them get ready for the day.
When the exam is over help your child celebrate. Make time to take them out to a nice meal, bring them a cup of their favorite coffee, or encourage them go to a movie with friends. Make space for your child to relax and unwind after such an intense event. Try to avoid big social gatherings or unwelcome obligations later in the day. Let your child have some down time and make a gesture to show them that you are proud of their hard work.
You can help your child’s SAT exam day go smoothly. Be understanding when they are stressed or grumpy, stay calm and offer encouragement, help out so that the morning goes smoothly, and celebrate the day.