Guidelines | True/False | Multiple
Choice | Short Answer
Essay Tests | Flash Cards
real key to taking a test is to be prepared -- to have spent consistent
time studying. But there are test-taking strategies that might help you
do well on a test.
Get a good
night's sleep before the test.
and take a moment to relax.
Don't go to
the test with an empty stomach.
carefully. Listen to instructions from the teacher. Important
directions could be given.
If you go blank
on a question, skip it and come back to it at a later time.
Make a study
sheet before the test and use it to review.
Be sure you have
all of the supplies you need -- pencil, calculator, texts,
Save time at
the end to review what you have done. Make sure you've answered
Answer the easiest
tests contain more true answers than false answers. When in
doubt, guess true.
Watch for qualifiers.
These are words like no, never, always every, entirely, only. They
usually imply false answers.
that have negatives very carefully. These tend to be confusing.
of the statement must be true to get an answer that is true, so
read long questions carefully.
Read the stem
Read all of
the answers before selecting.
answers you know are wrong.
when there is no penalty for guessing. Don't guess if you are penalized
choice is usually correct, so don't change answers unless you're
sure you are correct.
Find out if you
need to write in complete sentences. When in doubt, use complete
clues to help you. Look for plurals.
Let the instructor
know if you think more than one answer is possible. The instructor
may give you a clue to what he/she is looking for.
may give you a few points. You will get no points if you leave it
and all of the questions before you begin.
Look for key
words like compare, contrast, or criticize to determine how to
structure your essay.
Make a brief
outline of what you want to write.
Write down key
words you want to use in your essay.
Start with a
strong introductory statement. State your main point in the
first paragraph. This paragraph should be an overview of your
Begin each supporting
paragraph with a key point.
answer with examples and facts.
Write a summary
at the end of your essay.
and then correct!
(These may seem old fashioned, but they really work!)
Great for review
of vocabulary, dates, mathematical terms and formulas, and foreign
on one side and answer on the back.
As you're using
flash cards, put aside those you already know and review ones
that need work.
often. They're a great study aid.