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Taking Tests

Do you get nervous when you take tests?

Do you have a hard time answering essay questions?

Do you sometimes run out of time?

Are your test grades lower than you want them to be?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might want work on improving your test-taking skills!


You can do this by knowing the material and being prepared, as well as learning a few test-taking strategies

Get off to a good start

  • Get a good night's sleep and eat a good breakfast.
  • Have everything you need for the test with you when you go to class.
  • As soon as you get your test, write anything you want to remember at the top in light pencil (names, formulas, etc.). 
  • Read the directions carefully!

Develop a plan

  • Look over the entire test before you begin.
  • Evaluate the length of the test and about how much time you have for each question.

Don't get stuck on difficult questions

  • Put a mark by any answer you doubt.
  • After you have gone through all the questions, go back to the marked ones and try them again.

Check your answers

  • If you have time, check all of your answers.
  • Even check the ones you know are correct.  You may have made a careless mistake.
  • Use all the time you're permitted.