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Testing Tips

Test Preparation Checklist

  • Know the format and the material that will be covered. 
  • Make a plan for what and how to study.
  • Make visual study materials.
  • Focus on the things you don't know as well.
  • Use your memory techniques.
  • Look at past tests and see if there are patterns you can improve upon. 
  • Get a good night's sleep before the test. Don't try to cram. 

Take the Test Checklist 

  • Give yourself a pep talk.
  • Take some deep breaths. 
  • Gather all the materials you need to take the test. 
  • Read the directions carefully. 
  • For multiple choice tests, eliminate choices you know are not right. 
  • Answer all the questions, including those you go back to. 
  • If you're tempted to change an answer, do you have a good reason or something you remembered when you go back?
  • Review all answers before turning the test in. 

Test Tips of the Week

December 7-11

This week's testing tip is on math test strategies

November 23-27 

This week's testing tip is about stress reduction. 

November 16-20

This week's testing tip is about getting organized. 

october 26

This week's testing tip is about advocacy. 

October 12-16

This week's testing tip tackles test anxiety tips. 

October 5-9

This week's testing tip helps with writing essay exam questions. 

September 28-October 2

Multiple Choice Test Tips

  1. Read the directions carefully.

  2. Read the sentence stem, think of the answer, and then find it in the choices.

  3. Pay careful attention to negative words (underline them) in the stem and these are distracters.

  4. Read all of the options, before choosing.

  5. Don’t dwell on the ones you don’t know.  Close your eyes and tell yourself, “the answer will come,” mark the question, and then move on to the questions you know.  Go back to the one(s) you marked and try again - the answer has probably come to you.

  6. If the answer hasn’t come to you, use one of the strategies below to help you answer the question.

    1. During the Test Strategies

      1. Look for the one that is grammatically correct.

      2. Look for similar words in the question and answer.

      3. Look for the longest and most specific answer.

      4. Stick to the subject matter of the course.

      5. Watch out for negatives and extreme wording.

      6. Numbers in the middle range are usually correct.

      7. If two options are opposite, the answer is probably one of them.

      8. Research shows the most commonplace answer is “C” followed by “B”.

      9. “None of the above” is seldom correct.

      10. “All of the above” is often correct if the answers are very specific.

Source: Utah State University

September 21-25, 2020 

Preparing for a Test
1. Get a good night’s sleep and eat a high protein breakfast. Drink plenty of water.
2. Practice guided imagery, visualizations of succeeding on the test, mentally “going where the information is stored in your brain”, or breathing techniques.
3. Don’t study right before the test. Concentrate on being calm and mentally accessing the information you have already studied.
4. Get to the test a little early.
5. Don’t engage in negative talk with other students before the test, such as “I’m so nervous – I don’t know if I studied enough.”
6. Eliminate negative thoughts or self-talk by replacing them with a positive affirmation, like “I am prepared for the test and I will do well” or “I am smart – I can do this.”
7. Ask your teacher if you can use a blank piece of paper during the test (be sure to ask or it may look like you are cheating). Use the paper for “brain dumping” or “mind mapping” during the exam.
8. Make a decision to ignore students who finish the test before you. Research shows that students who leave early usually don’t score as well as those who take more time.
9. Sit as close as possible to the area where you learned the information in class.

Source: Utah State University

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