Sorry to hear that you hit a rough patch right before the test! This is actually a common occurrence in the week leading up to “the big day,” and it always has to do with the same thing: fatigue! Students usually push themselves the few days before the test, which seems like the right thing to do, but which is actually a counterproductive measure. This week, the name of the game R&R.
If you’ve been experiencing steady score improvements, and you just had a bit of a flukey test with your scores going down, it’s not an indication that “you’ve gotten worse” – it’s an indication that you’re tired and/or flustered. With that in mind, it’s important that you spend the next few days getting plenty of rest, relaxing like crazy, LOWERING your daily commitment to your studying, eating like a king, and pushing off any and all stressful projects and events. Try getting 8+ hours of sleep a night and REDUCE the amount of work you do, and make sure to spend some time each night reading stupid magazines, watching Netflix, etc. – you’ve learned an incredible amount in the last few weeks/months, and now it’s time to let it settle and assimilate, and to recharge your brain’s ability to function.
Again, don’t worry – this is VERY common, and it’s not an indicator of some sort of “skill backslide” – it’s simply your brain’s way of telling you that you need to give it a break! Have a relaxing, restful week, and be in touch if we can answer any additional questions – if you’ve been putting in the work, you’re going to be a star on Saturday!