"Don't worry class. These tests will have no effect on your grades. They merely determine your future social status and financial success."
-The bad voice in your head you should NOT listen to!
OK guys, its the night before the ACT. The MOST important thing is to put this episode in your lives in the proper context: do not panic. There is no reason to panic and it isn't helpful to do so.
Remember, at the end of the day, this is just a test. You will have other opportunities to take it and as with everything, experience always helps. If you're not feeling great right now, or even as you are taking the test, the best thing you can do for yourself is RELAX. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing; maybe even count your breaths as you breath in and out. It's a very old, very common form of meditation designed to calm you down and bring you back to the moment in a healthy frame of mind.
I'm not saying you shouldn't be nervous or that it's wrong or weird if you are. Being nervous before something like the ACT is totally normal and understandable. But worrying about something or being in a state of anxiety about it won't help you at all. Always remind yourself that you will do your best and whatever happens is up to more than just you...it is a curved test after all!
Even if it goes poorly, there will be other opportunities-this fall in fact. So put it in perspective, calm down and get a good night's sleep. Put the study materials away and try to make yourself laugh or just rest. It will all unfold as it is meant to unfold!