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Strategies for Test Taking
Strategies for preparing for and analysing tests
|Before a test||During a test||After a test|
|Arrive early, with necessary writing and test-taking materials such as calculator, essay booklet, "scantron" form||Before you look at the test, jot down any information you don't want to forget.||After taking the first test in a class, you can gain insights that will help you prepare for future tests. Try the yellow and blue highlighter technique:|
|Practice relaxation techniques while waiting: deep breathing, muscle relaxers.||Read all of the directions carefully. Know exactly what you need to do. Ask your professor if you are unclear.||Conduct an analysis of your test, to determine how to improve your performance on the next one.|
|Get a good night's sleep||Review the test quickly to determine how to schedule your time, based on number of questions and points allocated for each section.
If you have 50 minutes to complete a 100 multiple choice question exam, you have 30 seconds per question.
|Exercise in the evening or morning||Allow for a few minutes to review your test after you have completed it.|
|Eat well the morning of your test.||Put most of your time into the sections with the most points.|
|Begin with the easiest parts of the test. If you come to a question you don't know, mark it and move on. Come back to it later. Answering other questions may trigger your memory to retrieve the correct answer.|
|Check for questions you left blank, spelling, etc. Change only those answers you are reasonably sure are incorrect. Do not change a guess. More often a guess is correct and the correction is not.|
Test taking strategies for objective, true/false, and essay tests
See how you do before and after learning and practicing the test taking strategies with this practice test.
Yellow Blue Highlighter Technique
- Before a test, create questions in your notes or text that you believe could be on the test.
- With a yellow high lighter, mark the questions you anticipate your professor might ask.
- After the test, use a blue high lighter to mark those questions that were on the test.
The more green you have, the more you and your professor think alike – thus making your test preparation more effective.