In order to do well on any test, you must study hard and be prepared. Having done that, you can further improve your test performance by using these test-taking tips.
◦ Get off to a good start: be prepared and have everything you will need. As soon as you get the test, write anything that
you will need to remember (facts, dates, equations, memory clues, etc) at the top of the test.
◦ Mark the questions you want to return to.
◦ Increase your odds on multiple choice by trying to come up with the answer in your head before you look at the options.
Always read all the choices and if you are unsure, cross out the choices that you know are incorrect and then make an educated
guess with the remaining options.
◦ Know how to approach an essay question: reach each question and start with the easiest which will increase your confidence.
Before you start writing, brainstorm by jotting down the key words and ideas along with other key points you want to include.
◦ Hints for True/False: read these questions very carefully as one word will often determine whether the statement is true or false.
Statements with words like always, all, never, every and none are often false where statements with words like usually, most, often,
sometimes, many tend to be true.
◦ Be prepared for open book tests by going through your notes and highlighting the most important information. Put self stick
notes or bookmarks in your textbook to help you located specific information quickly.