Resources › For Students and Parents Feed Your Brain: The Best Foods to Eat Before a Test Share Flipboard Email Print Frank Rothe/The Image Bank/Getty Images For Students and Parents Test Prep Test Prep Strategies Test Registration Study Skills SAT Test Prep ACT Test Prep GRE Test Prep LSAT Test Prep Certifications Homework Help Private School College Admissions College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Kelly Roell Education Expert B.A., English, University of Michigan Kelly Roell is the author of "Ace the ACT. " She has a master's degree in secondary English education and has worked as a high school English teacher. our editorial process Kelly Roell Updated July 03, 2019 We all know that good nutrition, or brain food, can give us energy and help us live longer, more satisfying lifestyles. That doesn't mean you can eat a banana and score 1600 on the Redesigned SAT. But did you know that brain food can actually get you a better test score? Green tea Key Ingredient: PolyphenolsTest Help: Brain protection and mood enhancement According to Psychology Today, polyphenols, the bitter-tasting substance in green tea, can actually protect the brain from your standard wear and tear. It's restorative, which helps growth on the cellular level. Plus, green tea has been known to encourage dopamine production, which is key to a positive mental state. And really, when you are going to take a test, you absolutely must have a positive attitude about it, or you'll doom yourself to second-guessing, worry, and fear, which do not good scores make. Eggs Key Ingredient: CholineTest Help: Memory improvement Choline, the "B-vitamin"-like substance our bodies need, can help your brain do something it's good at; remember stuff. Some studies have found that increasing choline intake can improve memory, and egg yolks are among the richest and easiest natural sources of choline. So scramble them up a few months before testing day to see if it helps you remember how to fill in an oval. Wild Salmon Key Ingredient: Omega-3-fatty acidsTest Help: Brain function improvement The omega-3 fatty acid DHA is the major polyunsaturated fatty acid found in the brain. Eating food rich in omega-3's, like wild-caught salmon, can improve brain function and mood. And improved brain function (reasoning, listening, responding, etc.) can lead to a higher test score. Allergic to fish? Try walnuts. Squirrels can't have all the fun. Dark Chocolate Key Ingredient: Flavonoids and CaffeineTest Help: Focus and Concentration We have all heard for a while now that in small quantities, 75 percent cacao content or higher dark chocolate can lower blood pressure and cholesterol because of its powerful antioxidant properties from the flavonoids. You can't watch the news without hearing some report about it, especially around Valentine's Day. But one of the best uses of dark chocolate comes from its natural stimulant: caffeine. Why? It can help you focus your energy. Beware, though. Too much caffeine will send you through the roof and can actually work against you when you sit down to test. So eat the dark chocolate in isolation - don't mix it with coffee or tea before you test. Acai Berries Key Ingredients: Antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acidsTest Help: Brain Function and Mood Acai has become so popular, that it seems cliché to want to consume it. For test-takers, though, the incredibly high antioxidant levels can help blood flow to the brain, which means, in short, it'll work better. And, since the acai berry has a ton of omega-3's, it works on your mood, too, so you'll be more confident of your abilities as you're working your way through complex math problems. So, on test day, why not try a cup of green tea, some scrambled eggs mixed with smoked wild-caught salmon, and an Acai smoothie followed by a piece of dark chocolate? Worst case scenario? You've had a healthy breakfast. Best case scenario? You improve your testing score.