Test Taking Tips


    You should arrive for the test:
  • feeling rested from the good night’s sleep you got the night before
  • with healthy food in your stomach
  • dressed comfortably
  • on time
  • with all the required materials (pen, pencils, eraser, ruler, calculator, tissues, etc.)
  • with a positive attitude

    When you get the test:
  • skim it to get a sense of what is on it
  • make sure you have all the pages
  • as soon as you start write down all the formulas, mnemonics, rules, etc. you need on a piece of scrap paper - this will free your brain to process what you are being asked to answer
  • set time limits for large questions so you don’t run out of time
  • read directions carefully and underline or highlight key words like: explain your reasoning, give 2 examples, define, etc.
  • use other parts of the test to help you find clues and/or answers
  • try all questions - you may have more understanding than you know
  • review the entire test before you hand it in - look for spelling mistakes, missing words, questions that you missed, etc.

    Writing Strategies:
  • think of the answer before you look at the possibilities given
  • if you don’t know the answer - cross out the ones you know are wrong and guess at the remaining ones

    Multiple Choice:
  • watch out for words like “never”, “always”, “only”

    True/False:
  • read both lists before you start
  • do the ones you know first
  • watch for plurals, a vs. an, gender to help you decide

    Matching:
  • read both lists before you start
  • do the ones you know first
  • watch for plurals, a vs. an, gender to help you decide
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