If the reader, if the grader of your essay can't read what you're writing, then you didn't write anything and you're losing points.
If you have very bad handwriting, practice doing it nicely.
This is actually the best that I can get.
But when I was in high school, my teachers told me that I will be a doctor one day because I already know how to write prescriptions that nobody can read.
So I had to change. If you have to change, practice and change.
Okay, now, this is probably the most important one: know the test. Okay? What does that mean?
Instructions. Every section has instructions. Okay? Know these before test day. Okay?
Don't go to the test and read the instructions. Big, big waste of time.
You should have practiced... You should have taken practice tests so many times that you know every instruction for every section.
You take the time they give you to look at instructions, you're already looking ahead to what is coming, you are getting ready.
Maybe you're closing your eyes, maybe you're stretching, you are not reading the instructions. Okay? That's one.
Structure. Know the structure of the test, it doesn't change, we're going to look at that in a second, what the structure is, but make sure you know it.
There should be absolutely no surprises on test day.
You should know everything about this test: what's coming, what you can expect. No surprises.
Okay. You know what? We're going to leave it there, we're going to come back in a second.
We're going to look at the structure, and what you have to do for each section to save yourself time and do better on this test.