A Student-Athlete’s Guide to Taking Standardized Tests

By Jaia W. ‘20

I am a high school student and a competitive rower going through the recruitment and college application process. Because I am an athlete, my college process is different from many of my peers at school: the recruitment timeline is earlier than the typical college timeline, it’s a struggle to find the time to do test prep, and my life in college will be different than most of my peers. I often talk with other student-athletes, and they share many of the same challenges.

Jaia W. '20

          Jaia rowing for her club team.

If I had had access to college admissions advice geared specifically toward student-athletes, my own journey would have been much different. So for my Junior Workshop project at Calhoun, I decided to make a student-athlete’s guide to taking standardized tests in order to help athletes transfer the tremendous amount of work and passion that they put into their sport toward their college goals.

A Student-Athlete’s Guide to Taking Standardized Tests is for student-athletes who are preparing for or embarking on the college admissions process. Athletes have the ability to train their minds like they train their bodies. In this guide, I compiled relevant information from experts about sports psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and kinesiology to give insight into how you can use your skills to get the score you want on the SAT or ACT. As a competitive athlete, you can use these skills interchangeably for peak performance in your sport and on your test. The guide includes information from scholarly experts, Division 1 student-athletes and professional athletes. I’ve also included my own experience to add insight into what has been successful or not for a sample of athletes.

My overarching goal for the outcome of this guide is to provide applicable advice, useful information, and inspiration for many young student-athletes. I’ve learned tips from my research that I can apply to my own life – I hope you will as well.

Read the Guide.

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