Test Taking Tips
Test Preparation Tips
While tests may be a challenging part of the learning process, there are ways to prepare for them more effectively and reduce stress. Try some of these tips:
Never Be Afraid to Ask Questions
- When is the test?
- How much is it worth?
- What content is being tested?
- What will the format be?
Establish a Preparation Schedule
- Being a full-time student is a full-time job. Do everything between 8-5 if possible to keep your nights and weekends free.
- Record all test dates for the course on a calendar.
- Start studying one to two hours a day, a week before the test.
- Get a good night’s sleep and eat a meal before the test.
Use Active Study Strategies
- Use mnemonic devices to improve memory.
- Use SQ4R and active reading study strategies to improve retention.
- Study in the morning or afternoon hours when your mind is more alert.
- Review all highlighted text and notes.
- Take the time to answer the questions at the end of each chapter.
- Prepare index cards.
- Participate in study groups.
During the Test:
- Pay attention to verbal/written directions.
- Read directions slowly, twice.
- Scan entire test.
- Evaluate the importance of each section/ point value.
- In margins jot memory aids, formulas, equations, and facts.
- Answer the easiest and/or shortest first.
- Pace yourself.
- Look for answers in other questions.
Overcoming Test Anxiety
Test anxiety manifests itself emotionally, behaviorally, and physically. Loss of sleep, negative self-talk, and headaches are just a few of the symptoms of anxiety. Fortunately, there are ways to manage it:
- Pray and seek support from others.
- Prepare effectively for your test using a variety of study methods.
- Make a study schedule, allowing plenty of time to prepare.
- Think positive thoughts and visualize yourself completing the test successfully.
- Practice healthy sleeping and eating patterns.
- Keep the test in perspective. Many elements go into calculating your final grade and a test is just one.