Resources › For Students and Parents 7 More Inspirational Quotes to Learn Before Your Test Share Flipboard Email Print For Students and Parents Test Prep Study Skills Test Prep Strategies Test Registration 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 March 18, 2017 01 of 07 Inspirational Quote 1: George S. Patton "Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory." George S. Patton, famous WW II general, certainly knew a thing or two about victory. His advice rings true no matter the situation. If you never challenge yourself in the testing arena- score in the 97th percentile on the SAT, earn a 168 on the GRE Verbal, you'll never know what it's like to get that rush of exhilaration when you've met your goals. 02 of 07 Inspirational Quote 2: Sam Levenson Sam Levenson was was an American humorist, writer, teacher, television host, and journalist. This little nugget of advice is perfect for you testers who focus on the nitty gritty details of taking a timed test. Instead of racing against the clock and beating yourself up for it when you fall behind the "recommended" number of seconds per question, just keep on going. The more zen-like you are during a test, the better you'll fare. 03 of 07 Inspirational Quote 3: Helen Keller "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." No one would have blamed Helen Keller for being pessimistic about life. It seemed she had every right to be. She, however, chose optimism - believing she could achieve anything she wanted to - despite her physical limitations. One way to become a "good" test-taker, is by keeping that optimism when things seem hopeless. 04 of 07 Inspirational Quote 4: Gordon B. Hinckley "Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds." Gordon B.Hinckley, a religious leader and author who served as the 15th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, may not stand out to some as an inspiration, but whether or not you subscribe to his religious beliefs, you can certainly credit him for his hard work. Half of the existing Mormon temples were built under his direction. He knew that if you wanted to achieve something, you needed to work hard to get it. What can you learn? Prepare yourself well for your upcoming exams. Figure out the best strategies, come up with a study schedule, and get busy. Dedicate yourself to the hard work required and find success with just a little bit of elbow grease. 05 of 07 Inspirational Quote 5: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe "Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." Goethe, the German novelist, poet, playwright, and scientist penned scores of inspirational, world-renowned works. He instructs people with this quote to apply themselves. Do. Act. You can't just want a score. You must be willing to work for it. You can't merely be willing to to put in the effort; you must actually do it. 06 of 07 Inspirational Quote 6: Mary Pickford "The past cannot be changed; the future is yet in your power." What an inspirational quote! Some students get so bogged down in their past mistakes - not studying for multiple choice tests, cramming the night before an exam - that they forget they have a brand new fresh start every single day. Your past does not have to become your present or your future. You can choose a different path. Mary Pickford, actress and one of the original founders of the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, knew that for certain. 07 of 07 Inspirational Quote 7: Pauline Kael "When there is a will, there is a way.If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open, or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open. Pauline Kael, author and "New Yorker" film critic, really had something there with this quote. It speaks volumes to those who struggle for every single good grade they get. Sometimes, you have to push really hard to get what you want - a high GPA, a great MCAT score, a scholarship for your ACT score. No matter what it is, you need to fight for what you want and keep fighting until you achieve it.