TEST TAKING TIPS:Know the FORMAT of the test, so you can study appropriately (i.e. multiple choice, essay, true/false, matching etc.).
Before the Test:
During 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.
- 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