Test taking strategies
the directions carefully!! Many points have been lost because
students didn't follow the directions.
to preview the test to see how much time you need to allot
for each section. If the test is all multiple-choice questions,
it is good to know that immediately.
parts first. If your strength is essay questions, answer those
first to get the maximum points. Pace yourself to allow time
for the more difficult parts.
if you are penalized for incorrect responses. (This is probably
covered in the directions. If not, make educated guesses. If
there is a penalty, avoid guessing.
essay questions, try to make an outline in the margin before
you begin writing. Organization, clear thinking, and good writing
is important, but so is neatness. Be sure to make your writing
at the end of the exam to review your test and make sure you
haven't left out any answers or parts of answers. This is difficult
to do under the stress of exams, but it often keeps you from
making needless errors.