Test Taking Tips– Summer 2018

    1. Gathering knowledge of the truth is the best preparation for tests.
      • Hours of concentrated, effective study help to carefully place facts into your memory. This is the best way to prepare for any test.
      • However, teachers often try to test your memory of the material by slightly altering it. In this case, practice and some test-taking skill will help.

2.Always arrive early and take a moment to relax and reduce your anxiety.

  • This brief time period will boost your confidence
  • Use this time to focus your mind and think positive thoughts.

3. Listen attentively to last minute instructions given by the instructor.

  • Teachers often make last minute changes.
  • Missing instructions can cause extreme anxiety.

4. Read the test directions very carefully and watch for details.

  • You may find that more than one answer may be possible on multiple choice tests.
  • A key detail may require that you choose only three out of the five essay questions.

5.Plan how you will use the allotted time.

  • Estimate how many minutes you will need to finish each test section.
  • Determine a pace which will ensure completing the whole test on time.
  • Start with the easiest section to build your confidence.

6.Maintain a positive attitude.

  • Don’t let more difficult questions raise your anxiety and steal your valuable time. Move on and find success with other questions.
  • Avoid watching for patterns. Noticing that the last four answers are “c,” is not a good reason to continue with that pattern.

7.Rely on your first impressions.

  • The answer which comes to mind first is often correct.
  • Nervously reviewing questions and changing answers can do more harm than good


  • 8. Plan to finish early and have time for review.
    • Return to difficult questions you marked for review.
    • Proofread your essays and pay attention to grammar and spelling.
    • Make sure you answer all the questions. Many students have failed to notice questions on the back side of the paper.

9. Consider every test a practice session – analyze your performance.

  • Test taking is an art which needs refinement. One can not refine the art without practice and serious evaluation.
  • Go through each test thoroughly and see if your plan worked.
  • Look at each section to identify your fault patterns. Do you need to work on true/false, multiple choice, or essay questions?
  • Talk to teachers regarding low scores, especially on essays.