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    Here is some advice from your classmates (and your instructor):


        Before the test:

  1. Make sure you know what the test will cover. Study!
  2. Get a good night's rest.
  3. Eat breakfast or at least something.   
  4. Try to predict test questions.
  5. Be on time for class.

       During the test:

  1. Try to relax. (Use deep breathing or visualization techniques (visualize success).
  2. Scan the exam paper quickly.
  3. Read instructions carefully. (Look for bold, capitalized or underlined statements.)
  4. Read each question carefully. (Circle question words if it helps you focus.) Watch out for negative questions.
  5. Do the easiest parts first.
  6. Complete the parts worth the most points second.
  7. Keep an eye on the clock, so you don't run out of time.
  8. Skip questions that you absolutely cannot answer.
  9. Try to give some kind of answer for all the other test items.
  10. Be sure to write clearly!
  11. 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:

  1. Check your test for careless mistakes before turning it in.
  2. Check your textbook for the correct answers if possible. (Sometimes missing an item on a test helps us remember it better for the future!)
  3. When your test is returned to you, keep it to study for the mid-term or final.
  4. 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:

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. Try to determine if a statement is an accurate or inaccurate paraphrase of an idea in the text.
  4. Look for tricks such as switching a person's name or a technical word in place of another one used in the reading.

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