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Test-Taking Tips

Test Preparation Tips

  1. Keep up with reading assignments throughout the course so there will be no need to cram!
  2. Review the materials a little at a time, including information from early in the semester, so nothing will be a surprise!
  3. Ask questions, try to predict what the test will cover, and review those areas more, without forgetting everything else!
  4. Review old handouts, notes, quizzes, exams, and papers for clues and information you may have forgotten.
  5. If your instructor does not return old tests, ask if you can schedule a time to come in and look at them.
  6. Learn and study your instructor's "test technique:" the types of questions they favor, if they prefer long detailed answers or short consice answers, if they like important dates, etc.
  7. Use questions from your texts to help study!
  8. Study alone - and then study with other students!
  9. Give yourself a good night's sleep and well-balenced diet so you will not be tired or hungry during the test!

Test-Taking Tips

  1. Be on time and come fully prepared with any materials you need.
  2. Read the directions at least twice to make sure you understand what is expected.
  3. Look over the test to see what kinds of questions there are, and to give yourself an idea of how long you should allot for each area.
  4. Read each question very carefully - look out for absolute words like "always" and "never".
  5. Take your time, think carefully and don't panic - don't let other students leaving distract or rush you!
  6. Be sure to make arrangements with your instructor if you will miss a test, or need to make one up.
  7. Don't linger on one question too long - mark your best guess and come back to the question if time permits.
  8. Be careful about changing your first answers without good reason - your first choices are more likely to be correct.
  9. Write down any formulas, equations or rules you had to memorize before actually working on the test itself.
  10. Always show your work - this often leads to partial credit even if the answer is wrong.
  11. Do not be in a hurry - look over your test for careless errors like number transposition or a decimal point in the wrong place.
  12. Use simple and correct words - do not abbreviate or use slang. Check your spelling and punctuation. Write legibly and neatly - print if your printing is better!