Tests are an important part of your learning. They let you (and the world!) see the progress you have made in your studies. If you prepare well, tests can be easy and even fun! Here are some tips to help you do well in your tests.
BEFORE THE TEST
- Start preparing for your test as soon as you can, not just a day or two before the test!
- Know what to expect in the test - type of questions, the content, the duration, etc.
- If possible, get a sample test and review it.
- Get a good night sleep before the test and avoid last minute "cramming".
DURING THE TEST
- First, read the directions carefully! Even if you know the answer, if you don't follow the directions, you will lose the points!
- Preview the test to see how much time you need to allot for each section.
- Work on the "easiest" parts first. Pace yourself to allow time for the more difficult parts.
- Find out if you are penalized for incorrect responses. (This is probably covered in the directions. If not, make educated guesses. If there is a penalty, avoid guessing.
- When answering essay questions, try to make a outline in the margin before you begin writing. Organization, clear thinking, and good writing is important, but so is neatness. Be sure to make your writing legible.
- Try to save time at the end of the exam to review your test and make sure you haven't left out any answers or parts of answers. After that, double check all your answers.
AFTER THE TEST
If the instructor reviews the exam in class, make sure you attend. Many students choose to skip class of the day of the review because "nothing is happening" that day. On the contrary, this is an important class to attend because it helps reinforce the information one more time in long term memory. Even if you aren't interested in the "learning" aspect of the class, it is an opportunity to hear what the instructor was looking for in the answers. This can help you on the NEXT exam.
Directions: Answer if the following test taking suggestions are good or bad ideas!