The Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET) is a necessary step in getting into the Ateneo. But there are various horror stories surrounding the ACET. For one, it is reportedly one of the most difficult college entrance tests. Also, because of its tight time constraints, a lot of students don’t get to finish the test, leaving them in a state of anguish.

If you don’t want to come out of your ACET experience whimpering, here are some ways for you to prepare for it.

Master your English skills. You may be tested on grammar, synonyms, and antonyms. Practice your reading comprehension and essay writing skills. Speed readers will certainly have an advantage the selections are long and the time is limited.

Hone your math skills. There will be problem solving questions as well as some items on statistics. Because there’s a time limit for every section, don’t take too long answering one question. If you find one item too difficult, move on to the next; go back to it when you’ve finished everything.

Join a review class. Avoid cramming for the ACET. Instead, enroll yourself in a review program a few months before the ACET. For the past 15 years, only Ahead offers test-based programs. This means the students will not review every topic discussed in high school, instead only those that will most likely come out in the exam.

You need not go through four years of materials; you zero in on the topics most likely to be covered in the exams. Only Ahead also offers a session on speed reading, which has helped increase students’ reading rates and comprehension levels.

Stay healthy. It would be unfortunate indeed if you find yourself sick on the day of the ACET. So keep yourself healthy. Eat well. Get a good night’s sleep. The day before the text, take things easy.

Bring your stuff. Go to the exam site early. This will give you time to find out exactly where you’ll be taking the test as well as where the nearest restrooms are. Bring the necessary permits and identification cards as well as sharpened pencils, eraser, and clean scratch papers for when you solve math problems.

Relax! Read the questions carefully and take it one step at a time. Take a deep breath to calm down your nerves. Say a prayer for guidance and clarity if you wish. If you don’t know the answer to the first question, don’t let it intimidate you. Move on.

Going to college is a major move, and taking the Ateneo College Entrance Test is one of the first steps to get you there. Good luck!