Taking A Test
Read the directions
- Can more than one answer be correct?
- Are you penalized for guessing?
- Never assume that you know what the directions say.
Answer the easy questions first
- Get them out of the way, plus your confidence will build and give you the momentum
to get through the rest of the test
- Remember, you are sure these answers are correct!
Go back to the difficult questions
- While looking over the test and doing the easy questions, subconsciously your mind
has already started working on the solutions to the difficult questions
- Also, later items on the test might give you useful or needed information for earlier
Answer all questions
- Unless you are penalized for wrong answers
Ask the instructor to explain any items that are not clear
- Don't ask for the answer
- Phrase your question in a way that shows the instructor you have the information but
are not sure what the question is asking for
Try to answer the questions from the instructor's point of view
- What did the instructor emphasize and feel was important?
Use the margin to explain why you chose the answer
- If the question does not seem clear or if the answer seems ambiguous, explain how
you came to your answer
Circle key words in difficult questions
- You will be able to focus on the central point more effectively.
Express difficult questions in your own words
- Rephrasing can make it clear to you, but be sure you don't change the meaning of the
Use all of the time allotted for the test
- If you have extra time, cover up your answers and actually rework the question
- If you used a Scantron, make sure your answers line up between the test and answer
- Double check to make sure you haven't skipped any questions
- For any of the questions you guessed on, go back to see if you still agree with your
For more tips and practice using these tips , you may want to purchase:
Practicing College Learning Strategies, 3rd Edition
By Carolyn Hopper
Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2005