Now, for the test taking chapter!
High-performance students don't worry themselves with how
they are doing; they focus on what
they are doing.
If You Panic During an Exam
Close your eyes
Take slow and deep breathes
Talk to yourself positively
Do the easy questions first as this builds confidence, which enables you to perform to the best of your ability.
Find out all you can about the teacher and the test.
Gather all the information you can about the exam. Format? Material covered?
Study an old exam if available. Some profs have copies stored in the library,etc.
Begin studying for exams 2-3 weeks in advance.
Study with a partner or group
24 Hours Pre-test
Food consumption and exercise on the light side
Pack all materials you will need for the exam
Be around pleasant, positive people
Avoid depressing and annoying situations
10 Minutes Pre-test
Get to the test site 10 minutes early
Sit away from doors, windows, friends, foes, etc.
Slow & deep breathes
Give yourself a pep talk
Carefully listen to oral instructions
Read written instructions carefully
Skim the whole test
If marking on the exam is permitted, write down things you fear you will forget
Underline key words,etc. in the instructions
Look for phrases such as "opposite," "only one," or "same as."
Answer the questions that are easy for you and that you feel confident about first.
Make sure you are marking the right answer for the right question on the answer sheet.
Multiple Choice Tips
Read directions carefully
Put a star,etc. next to questions you are not sure about
Come up with your own answer before you even read the answers given
Read every answer that is given
Eliminate answers that are definitely incorrect
Look for absolutes,etc. Answers containing "always," "never," "all," or "none" are incorrect most of the time.
Scan all questions before reading a case study.
The longer the statement, the more likely it is true
Normally, there are more true statements than false statements
Most statements will be verbatim. If it looks familar, go with your instincts.
Statements with "all," "only," "always," or "because" are false most of the time.
In general, statements that contain "none," "usually," or "generally" are usually true.
Break long or complex statements into small parts
If one part is false, the whole statement is false.
Don't change answers. First impressions are usually correct on TF items.
Short Answer & Fill-In-The-Blank Tips
Sentence construction and language provide clues
Length of blank usually indicates the length of the answer
If you know two possible answers, give both.
Make an educated guess.
Do not leave blanks.
Math Item Tips
Read questions/problems carefully
Write down the givens, what you need to find, and formulas you will use
Estimate the answer before you calculate so you will know if you are close or far off
Copy the information correctly
Check unit of measurements
If permitted, use a calculator
Work the problem backwards
If answers are given in multiple choice form and you have no clue, you can usually eliminate the highest and lowest answers given.
Quickly list the facts,etc. that pop into your head beside the question.
Time management. 50% outlining and 50% writing answer
Underline key words in directions
Organize your essay
check if time permits
If you run out of time, write, "I ran out of time. Please accept what I have given."
Questionable/Confusing Item Tips
Ask the instructor for clarification
Don't let difficult items distract you.
Move on to the next item
Break complicated items into small parts
If no answer seems correct, choose the most nearly correct answer.
Give the answer the instructor wants. No criticizing!
Always guess unless there is a penalty for doing so
Before You Turn Your Test In
Make sure your name is on the each sheet,etc.
Look at any questions you felt uneasy about.
If you serioulsy believe an answer should be changed, change it, but no going back and forth.
Fill in all the blanks
Use all time available
Do not give up
I hope this helps! This is a very good book! I highly recommend it~