Here are some general test taking tips for you to do great on your tests.
Before the test.
- Have a positive attitude and dress for success. Confidence plays a huge role during your exam. Feeling good about yourself and feeling confident in every way helps tremendously!
- Be prepared for the test. You should have already asked your instructor what the test material will be, and you should have already put the time and effort into studying for the test. Don’t forget to bring the necessary essentials such as a writing utensil, calculator, scan tron, or whatever else you might need for the test.
- Don’t cram the night before. Cramming doesn’t work as well as studying for a short amount of time spanning over several days. So all you need to do is just skim over your study guide, feel confident that you already know all this information, and go to bed early. Your brain, just like any part of your body, needs rest to function well.
- Make sure you are not hungry before the test! Hunger has an effect on how well your brain performs. Eat a nice breakfast or lunch before entering the classroom!
- Arrive 10 minutes early and get situated in your seat. During that time you will adapt to the environment and relieve some some stress, and your body will feel more comfortable. During that time, power skim through your study guide.
During the test
- The first thing you should do when you receive your test material is to not forget to write your name down in all the appropriate places. Furthermore, read the instructions carefully! Some instructors deduct or award points just for reading instructions.
- Scan through the test and see what you are up against. If you see some easy questions that you definitely know the answer to, then answer those questions during your initial scan.
- If you are stuck on a question, don’t waste time trying to brute force your way through it. Mark it with a question mark and come back to it later after you have answered all questions that you’re certain you know the answer to. If you came back to the question you skipped and still don’t know the answer, and if the test is multiple choice. Use the process of elimination to narrow down the answers, and then make your most educated guess. (I will talk about process of elimination in detail later).
- If the test involves calculations. Always double check your answers and make sure you didn’t enter a number incorrectly. Also, write neat so you and the person in charge of grading the test can distinguish your writing without any problems.
- If you are done with the test, and you still have time left before the test is over, then you need to double check your answers. If you are using a scan tron, make sure you filled out the right bubbles. I have caught myself numerous times having the correct answer on the actual test, and filling in the wrong bubble on the scan tron. Don’t let this happen to you!
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