Know the FORMAT of the test, so you can study appropriately (i.e. multiple choice, essay, true/false, matching etc.). 

    Before the Test:

    • Be prepared with pencils, pens, paper, or whatever you need for the test.
    • Arrive at the test early and relax.  This will give you the opportunity to look over your notes and settle in.
    • Choose your seat carefully, making sure to keep yourself away from distractions such as friends.
    • Pay close attention to all directions and ask for clarification if needed.
    • Budget your time: spend the most time on the sections that are worth the most and the least time on the sections that are worth the least.
    During the Test:
    • Put your name on the test!  If your teacher doesn't know it's yours, then can't give you the credit.
    • Look over the whole test before you start to answer questions.
    • If there is anything you think you might forget, write it down first on a scrap paper or in a margin.
    • Read the questions carefully, paying attention to all parts of the questions and/or answer choices.
    • Ask your teacher if you don't understand a question.
    • Don't change your answers unless you have good reason.  Don't over-think.
    • Guess only if you won't lose credit.
    • Don't make careless errors--check and double check your work.
    • Pace yourself--watch the clock and try to budget your time as you go.

    After the Test:

    • See what you did right and what you did wrong.
    • Try to see WHY you made the errors you did.
    • Check for grading errors because your teachers can make mistakes too!
    • Talk to your teachers and see if they can give you some advice on what you need to do to perform better.
    • Take this information and use it to study and take future tests.  
Last Modified on September 5, 2014