Prepare yourself mentally
Maintain a positive attitude
Learn relaxation techniques
Use positive self-talk
Why do we need test taking skills?
These skills can help you be successful as a student
Testing does not stop after university. You may need to take tests to keep your credentials up to date in your professional career.
Before the Test
Do daily, weekly and major review sessions
Create study checklists
Create mind map summary sheet
Make flash cards
Monitor your reviews
Take a practice test
Get copies of old exams
During the Test
Get to class on time
Survey the entire test prior to taking it
Take a few deep breaths and relax tense muscles- repeat throughout the test
Read directions carefully- ask questions
Answer easier questions first - this will help calm you down
Manage your time and keep an eye on the clock
After the Test
How did you feel about the test?
How effective were your study strategies?
Did you accurately predict some of the test questions?
Review what questions you missed
Discuss items you did not understand with your instructor
Review your strengths on test taking
Review areas where you could improve
Strategies Based on Question Type:
Answer each question in your head first
Read all answers before selecting one
Test each possible answer
Eliminate incorrect answers
Read the entire question
Look for qualifiers: All, most, sometimes, rarely, always, never.
Find the devil in the details
Dates, numbers, specific facts.
Watch for negatives
The results are not inconclusive.
Cancel the negatives to turn it into a positive statement = The results are conclusive.
What is the question asking?
Get to the point
Write on one side of the paper only
This leaves space on the back to go back and write points you may have forgotten
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