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The Level 1 Test

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We have a good number of people taking their level 1 test this Saturday, and everyone always wants to know how to prepare for it. Start hydrating NOW. Don't drown yourself, but make a point of drinking plenty of water. Nutrition is a pretty big component of your performance. On the day of the test, finish eating at least two hours before the test starts. The test isn't until 3:00 so you can get a good breakfast and a light lunch. Bring food and a sports drink. We like to keep our tests nice and tight, but they go on long enough that you'll need to replenish calories. Fruit, power bars, trail mix, Gatorade, and all that stuff will help keep you going. You don't need much, just a few bites, and there is no need to get fancy with energy drinks or powders or any of that junk: It's terrible for you anyway, and if you haven't taken it before you might react poorly. There's an old musician's saying, "Never try out a new lick on a gig," that definitely applies here. Go with what you know. Bring at least two shirts, or three if you're especially sweaty. Changing into a clean shirt halfway through the test is actually very refreshing, it will give you a boost of energy, and your partner will appreciate it as well. Get a good night's sleep: This one probably goes without saying, but take it easy Friday night. Put on your pajamas as soon as you get back from work if that helps.

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