Standardized exams are not your average run-of-the-mill final exams. These tests require complex, full-range thinking, heavy-duty problem-solving, and extensive logic. They're geared to help colleges and universities figure out which prospective students can make it in their programs and which should attend elsewhere. It would seem logical that you'd do everything in your power to nab the highest score possible! Unfortunately, many testers are sabotaging their own scores with bad habits with such an important role in your future education. Read below for some of the ways you're probably sabotaging your own test score. Any of these sound familiar? Break these bad habits before you take your next standardized test and give yourself a chance for your highest possible score. The SAT is not designed to test the sum of everything you know. The LSAT is not designed to find out how much knowledge you've acquired in the last umpteen years. These kinds of standardized tests are designed by educational experts to test skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, reading comprehension and more. Walking into the testing center and winging it will, quite frankly, not cut it for most people in case you want to get a fabulous score on one of these bad boys.

Ways you're sabotating your test score

Problem Solved: Each standardized test has its own set of strategies. How you rule out distractor answer choices, read the passages, solve the math problems and write the essays change based on the test you take. There are simple tricks you can learn to maximize your score on every test. Right now – this minute – stop calling yourself a poor test-taker. That label does more harm than you know, called a cognitive distortion. Our future testing self is not a guaranteed failure even in case you've taken and failed tests in the past. Figure out the mistakes you made on those tests in the past (Maybe you didn't study? Perhaps you didn't sleep enough? Maybe you didn't learn the test strategy?) and give yourself the chance to rock this test by preparing. At least 30 days prior to the exam, write the words, "I'm a great test-taker!" on post-its and stick them everywhere - your bathroom mirror, the dashboard of your car, the inside of your binder for school. Write it on the back of your hand. Make it your screensaver and your computer password. Live it for the next month and watch your brain slowly begin to overcome the label you've given yourself in the past. Study apps are awesome. You can practice questions on the go when you're waiting in line for your smoothie. You can pull up a question on your phone and quiz your best friend while you're waiting for soccer practice to start. However, what study appscan't do, s help you manage your time effectively during an actual practice exam which is key to getting a great score. Don't sabotage yourself by relying only on study apps.