Feeling nervous about your first NAATI CCL Exam. Know how was my day before the exam and everything that I did. Make sure to succeed.
Nov 15, 2020
6 min read
So tomorrow is the day. All your preparation and hard work that you put in till now will come into use tomorrow. I know that you must be anxious and unsure of how to spend this day. Should I practice dialogues all day? Or should you perhaps spend time by hearting as much vocabulary as possible? Let's dive into this blog to go over some things you should and some things you should not do 1 day before the NAATI CCL test.
Go over the few dialogues you found difficult in the past. You may find certain topics more difficult for example, insurance or health. Go over one or two dialogues in those areas. Don't revise what you are confident in. Also, go through the errors you made during your preparation and make a mental note not to repeat them during the exam.
Your goal on this day is to refresh and relax. Spend 3-4 hours studying but also take breaks in between. If you can, go for a walk in the morning. Do something that eases your mood. I recommend doing an hour of cardio. It will boost your energy and improve your blood flow. This will deliver oxygen to your brain and oxygen is the brain's food.
Additionally, watch a good movie. By good movie, I mean a movie that is your favourite and makes you happy every time you see it. Trust me, a day before any of my exams, I always make it a point to watch my favourite movie. It always sets me in a good mood and ends up calming my nerves. Being very anxious before the exam is not a good thing. It can increase your chances of making mistakes.
I recommend spending more time going over vocabulary instead of dialogues. Revise the difficult ones that you struggle with. Also, go over the spellings. You must know by knowing your weaker language by now. If you find the vocabs of LOTE more difficult, spend some time on that.
If you go over new words, your chances of procrastinating is a hundred percent. It will make you anxious. Just revise the terminologies and spellings that you have previously suffered with. You don't need to stress yourself on this day.
This is one of the most important things to do. Eat healthy food. No burgers. No pizza. Eat vegetables, fruits, and dry fruits. This will keep you energized throughout the day. Avoid drinks like coffee, chocolate, and even health drinks. This will affect your sleep during the night. Don't forget to drink enough water.
You need to carry a valid ID to write the test. Keep it ready a day before the exam only and write it as a reminder on a sticky note so that you don't forget to take it with you on exam day. Place the sticky note in an easily visible place like a refrigerator or shoe rack.
Ensure that you have pens, sharpened pencils, eraser, sharpener, and ruler. Keep extra pens and pencils so that in case it breaks or stops writing you don't have to waste time searching or sharpening. Time is crucial. Keeping extras will not bring you down. Pack this along with the documents and keep them ready for tomorrow.
While you can sit all day cram, cram and cram- don't. Remember your goal is to relax and refresh. As I already mentioned, this will add to your stress. The more you study, the more you will stress yourself. Quite ironic, but true.
The devil on your shoulder will whisper some demotivating and negative thoughts all referring to the idea that "You can't do it." Don't listen to it. Listen to the angel instead that will tell you to keep your confidence in yourself high because you are very much capable of nailing the exam tomorrow. Every time the devil tells you that you can't do it, ignore it. Repeat the mantra: I can do it.
Forget all the reasons why it won't work and believe one reason why it will.
I can safely say that this is the most important thing that you should do. A good sleep the night before the exam is a tool for scoring high. Multiple research studies have proven that those who have slept well before taking a test have scored higher than those who slept less or didn't sleep at all.
Don't pull an all-nighter and then go and give your exam. Your brain needs rest too and doing this will result in you ending up in the exam venue with a tired brain that needs sleep. All your efforts and preparation will go in vain.
I recommend about seven to eight hours of deep sleep. The next morning you will feel refreshed and all ready to take the NAATI CCL exam.
It is important that you plan this day effectively to have a productive and not a tiring day. Take some time of the day and do something you love and something that makes you happy. Being too excited or nervous is not good and being completely bored and sleepy is also not good. You need a balance between both extremes. So don't study to the point where you stress yourself too much and don't relax so much that you become lethargic.
Plan when to practice vocabs and when to practice dialogues in the day. Take 20-25 minute breaks and stretch.
Jennie Finch once said "__And my dad drilled it in my head, you know, 'If you want it bad enough, and you're willing to make the sacrifices, you can do it. But first, you have to believe in yourself."
Part of doing good on a test is confidence. Take some time to tell yourself that you will do your best on this test. You have worked hard and don't let anyone convince you that you can't do this. Also, remember that a low score doesn't mean that the world will end. Just give your best.
"_ If you don't think you can do it, who will? You control the most important tool in success, your mind." _