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Test-Taking Help

Tests are easier when you’re prepared and feeling rested and alert. The following rules can help you become a better test taker:

  1. Read all DIRECTIONS carefully and circle key words or phrases before you begin.
  2. Scan the test to determine the point value for each item. Allocate time on the basis of point value.
  3. Read each question carefully.
  4. Answer the easiest questions first.
  5. Circle questions you don’t know AND RETURN TO THEM LATER. (Make a note after the last question to remind yourself if necessary.)
  6. Look for answers within the test itself. Words or phrases within a true/false or multiple choice question may help you find the answer.
  7. Guess on multiple choice questions when you don’t know the answer if there is no penalty for guessing.
  8. If you have memorized specific dates, important names, terms or formulas, write them down on a sheet of paper in the classroom before beginning the test so you can use them when you need them later, if the professor allows this.
  9. If in doubt on true/false questions, answer true. Generally speaking, it is easier for teachers to write true statements.
  10. If you come to a question you don’t understand, paraphrase it for yourself or the proctor to confirm that you have understood what the question means.

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