10 Tips for Test Taking:
1. Come prepared and arrive early for tests.
all the material you will need such as pencils and pens, a calculator, a
dictionary, and a watch. This
will help you focus on the task at hand.|
relaxed and confident.|
yourself that you are well-prepared and are going to do well.|
let yourself become anxious; if you feel anxious take a few deep breaths to
talk to other students before a test; anxiety is contagious.|
2. Be comfortable but alert.
a good spot to take the test.|
an upright posture in your seat.|
3. Preview the test (if it not timed).
10% of your test time reading through the test carefully.|
key terms and decide how to budget your time.|
4. Answer the test questions in strategic order.
by answering the easy questions you know, then those with the highest point
last questions you answer should be the most difficult, take the greatest
amount of writing, and have the least point value.|
5. When taking a multiple-choice test, know when to guess.
eliminate the answers you know are wrong.|
your first choice is usually correct, donít change your answers unless you
are sure of the correction.|
6. When taking essay tests, think before you write.
a brief outline for your essay by jotting down a few words to indicate ideas
you want to discuss.|
these items in your list to indicate the order in which you will discuss
7. When writing the essay test, get right to the point.
your main point in the first sentence|
your first paragraph to provide an overview of your essay.|
up your point with specific information, examples, or quotations from your
readings and notes.|
8. Reserve 10% of your test time for review.
the urge to leave as soon as you have completed all the items.|
sure you answered all the questions|
your writing, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.|
9. Analyze your test results.
test can further prepare you for the next test|
|Use your tests to review when studying for the final
10. Decide on and adopt which study strategies worked best for you.
Identify those that didnít work well and replace them.
(2002). Ten Tips for Test Taking. Retrieved October 5, 2002, from
University of St. Thomas Web site: http://iss.stthomas.edu/study
Not sure how to study for different types of
tests? ( true/false, multiple choice, matching, sentence completion,
to test your knowledge of each test-taking strategy.
Anxiety is something that everyone experiences.
here to see how to reduce your test anxiety before an exam.
you just do not have enough time to study. You have spent too much time
watching MTV and visiting with friends. Below are some emergency test
Identify 5 key
concepts or topics that will be covered on the test.
Enter one at the top
of each page.
Use only key words
or short phrases.
In your own words,
write and explanation, definition, and answer.
DO NOT USE THE TEXT
OR YOUR NOTES.
or re-write your understanding of each topic
1 Ė 5 in order of importance; 1 = most important.
Follow the abo|
ve process for two additional concepts if you have time
|Try not to exceed nine concepts.|
Review the day of the test and try to relax.
Landsberger, J., (2002). Ten Tips for Test Taking. Retrieved
October 5, 2002, from University of St. Thomas Web site: