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General Test Taking Tips

Read the directions carefully. This may be obvious, but it will help you avoid careless errors. If there is time, quickly look through the test for an overview. Note key terms and jot down brief notes.

Answer Questions in a Strategic Order:
1.Answer the easy questions first. It may help you to make associations with more difficult questions and will help build confidence, score points and mentally orient yourself to vocabulary, concepts and your studies.
2.Difficult questions or questions with the most point values should be answered next. With objective tests, first eliminate those answers you know to be wrong, or are likely to be wrong, don’t seem to fit or where two options are so similar as to be both incorrect. With essay/subjective questions, broadly outline your answers and sequence the order of your points.

•Resist the urge to leave as soon as you have completed all the items.
•Review your test to make sure that you have answered all questions, not mis-marked the answer sheet or made a simple mistake.
•Proofread your writing for spelling, grammar, punctuation, decimal points, etc.
•Do not “second-guess” yourself and change your original answers. Research has indicated that your first hunch is more likely to be correct. You should only change answers to questions if you originally misread them or if you have encountered information elsewhere in the test that indicates with certainty that your first choice is incorrect.
•Analyze your test results. Each test can further prepare you for the next test. Use your tests to review when studying for final exams.
•Decide on and adopt study strategies that worked best for your. Identify those that didn’t work well and replace them.

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