How to Take Tests
Preparation for Taking a Test
- When the test is scheduled, analyze how much material will be covered and how much time is needed to review.
- Identify the material you have difficulty understanding and with which you may need assistance. Find answers to your questions as soon as possible.
- Review class notes and notes made when reading. Make additional notes from your textbooks to clarify the material.
- Do not cram. Don't resort to frenzied, last-minute preparation.
- Check your recall of main points and important facts by reciting them aloud.
- Plan your studying so that you finish early and get a good rest on the night before an examination.
- Once you have completed a careful and thorough review, try to forget about the test. Be confident—you have done your best.
- Arrive at the test a few minutes early in order to take some time to relax. Don't eat just before an exam.
During the Exam
- When the examination starts, take a few deep breaths, relax your body, and clear your mind of all anxiety. You are now ready to take the test and to do well on it.
- Read the entire exam and each question carefully. Be sure you follow the instructions.
- Answer the questions about which you know the most first, leaving space for those you will work on later.
- Skip those questions that you cannot answer immediately. The answer may come to you later.
- Timing is important. Plan your time. Do not rush. Answering 10 questions poorly may give you a lower score than answering nine questions slowly but more completely. Be sure to allow some time to go over your answers, correct spelling and punctuation errors, and fill in omissions.
- When the test is over, forget it. If you studied each day and in your review, you should do well on your exams.