Tests are easier when you’re prepared and feeling rested and alert. The following rules can help you become a better test taker:
- Read all directions carefully and circle key words or phrases before you begin.
- Scan the test to determine the point value for each item. Allocate time on the basis of point value.
- Read each question carefully.
- Answer the easiest questions first.
- Circle questions you don’t know and return to them later. (Make a note after the last question to remind yourself if necessary.)
- Look for answers within the test itself. Words or phrases within a true/false or multiple choice question may help you find the answer.
- Guess on multiple choice questions when you don’t know the answer if there is no penalty for guessing.
- 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.
- If in doubt on true/false questions, answer true. Generally speaking, it is easier for teachers to write true statements.
- 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.