Test Taking Tips

Test Taking Tips

The day of an important test has arrived. If you've had good work and study habits, you will be ready to do well. Remember those things that will help you do better.

  1. Do you have the equipment you may need? Nothing throws you so badly as not having the pencil, pen, eraser, ruler, calculator, or whatever the teacher wants or permits. Check before you leave for school and before the test begins.
  2. Do you know the rules for the test? How will the test be graded? Will you lose credit for wrong answers? Can you answer questions in any order you wish? How much is each part of the test worth? How much time do you have for the test? You can find the answers to most of these questions by asking the teacher days before the test.
  3. Are the instructions clear? Read the instructions for each part of the test as soon as you receive your test paper. Don't be afraid to ask questions if anything in unclear. Follow the instructions carefully.
  4. Answer the easy questions first. Some questions are easier for you than others so answer them first. If the test is computer-scored, check each answer box to be sure it matches the questions you are answering. Remember to erase completely if you decide to change an answer. The computer gives you no credit for a questions if two boxes have marks in them.
  5. Follow your hunches. Don't be afraid to use the first answer that comes to your mind. If this worries you, leave out that question. Place a dot next to it on the questions paper and go back to it after you have done the rest.
  6. Plan your use of time. Write your answers in simple language. You can use short sentences in most tests. This gets answers done faster and you worry less about commas and grammar. IF the tests is one hour long, figure you should do 10 points worth every five minutes. Don't keep watching the clock. Just look at it when you figure you've done 10 or 20 points worth. If a question is taking you too long to answer, finish it off and leave some space. Then, if you have time left at the end, you can try to improve that answer.
  7. Use the last minute of the test to review what you've done. This means making certain you've followed the instructions. It means checking that you've done all of the test. Sometimes you can see and correct an error.

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