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Here are important tips to help students do well on tests.
Test Taking Tips
Multiple Choice Questions
- As you are reading the questions, try to come up with the answer in your head before you look at the answer choices.
- If you are not sure of an answer, eliminate the choices you know are incorrect by crossing them out.
- If two of the choices are similar or opposite, one of them is probably the correct answer
- Statements with always, never, every, all, and none in them are usually false.
- Statements with usually, often, sometimes, most, and many in them are usually true.
- Read True/False questions very carefully. One word will often determine whether a statement is True or False
- Read each question and then start with the easiest one.
- Note how many points each essay is worth, and adjust the time you spend on each question accordingly.
- Before you write, brainstorm. Jot down keys words, ideas, and points that you want to cover in your answer.
- When you write, begin by restating the question and tell the reader what they can expect to learn from your essay.
- Use complete sentences and write legibly.
- If you don’t know the answer to a question, take a couple minutes to write down what you do know about the subject. You may hit on something and get partial credit
Open Book Tests
- Have your notes already highlighted so that important information is easy to locate
- Put sticky notes or bookmarks in your textbook to help you locate important information.
Other Test Taking Tips
- Use relaxation strategies right before a test
- Look at the entire test and read the directions before you begin answering questions
- Mark the questions that you are not sure of and go back to them later
- Use a scrap paper or your hand to block out the other questions, so you are not looking at more than one question at a time. Sometimes a whole paper full of questions can be overwhelming.
- If you are not sure of an answer, go with your first instinct. Many times this is right.