Here is some advice from your classmates (and your instructor):
Before the test:
- Make sure you know what the test will cover. Study!
- Get a good night's rest.
- Eat breakfast or at least something.
- Try to predict test questions.
- Be on time for class.
During the test:
- Try to relax. (Use deep breathing or visualization techniques (visualize success).
- Scan the exam paper quickly.
- Read instructions carefully. (Look for bold, capitalized or underlined statements.)
- Read each question carefully. (Circle question words if it helps you focus.) Watch out for negative questions.
- Do the easiest parts first.
- Complete the parts worth the most points second.
- Keep an eye on the clock, so you don't run out of time.
- Skip questions that you absolutely cannot answer.
- Try to give some kind of answer for all the other test items.
- Be sure to write clearly!
- Be sure to keep your eyes on your own paper. Don't worry about how much of the test other students have completed!
After you have finished the test:
- Check your test for careless mistakes before turning it in.
- Check your textbook for the correct answers if possible. (Sometimes missing an item on a test helps us remember it better for the future!)
- When your test is returned to you, keep it to study for the mid-term or final.
- Use your mistakes to help you do better on the next test, OR if you were very successful, try to repeat this success next time.
A few more tips:
- Don't look for a pattern on true/false or multiple choice tests. (Items could be mostly true or mostly false or any combinations. Answers could be all a or all c or any letter.)
- Do look for words that often signal a false answer: never, all, every, or words that may signal a correct answer, such as: many, often, a majority, etc.
- Try to determine if a statement is an accurate or inaccurate paraphrase of an idea in the text.
- Look for tricks such as switching a person's name or a technical word in place of another one used in the reading.