What to Do Before the Test
Manage Review Time:
- Daily reviews
- Weekly reviews
- Major reviews
Create Review Tools:
- Study checklists
- Mind map summary sheets
Plan a Strategy:
- Do a dry run
- Ask the instructor what to expect
What to Do During the Test
- Pay particular attention to verbal directions given as the test is distributed.
- Scan the whole test immediately.
- Notice how many points each part of the test is worth and estimate how much time you will need for each section; use its point value as your guide.
- Read the directions slowly.
- Jot down memory aids, formulas, equations, facts, or other material you know you'll need and might forget.
Test Taking In General
- Answer the easiest, shortest questions first.
- Next answer multiple choice, true or false, and fill-in-the-blank questions.
- Then proceed to short-answer and essay questions.
- Use memory techniques when you're stuck.
- Pace yourself.
- Leave plenty of space between answers.
- Look for answers in other test questions.
- In quick-answer questions, your first instinct is usually best.
Typical Online Test Questions
Multiple choice questions
- Check the directions to see if the questions call for more than one answer.
- Answer each question in your head before you look at the possible answers.
- If you have no clue as to what the answer is, and if incorrect answers are not deducted from your score, use the following guidelines to guess:
- If two answers are similar, except for one or two words, choose one of these answers.
- If two answers have similar sounding or looking words (intermediate-intermittent), choose one of these answers.
- If the answer calls for a sentence completion, eliminate the answers that would not form grammatically correct sentences.
- If two quantities are almost the same, choose one.
- If answers cover a wide range (4.5, 66.7, 88.7, 90.1, 5000.11)choose one in the middle.
- If there is no penalty for guessing and none of the above techniques work, choose one that sounds familiar.
- Answer true/false questions quickly.
- Read carefully. Sometimes one word can make a statement inaccurate.
- Look for qualifiers like all, most, sometimes, never, or rarely. Absolute qualifiers such as always or never generally indicate a false statement.
- Make sure the answer you mark corresponds to the question you are answering. Watch for stray marks.
- Tape tabs onto important pages of the book. You could also use paper clips.
- Prepare thoroughly for open-book exams. They are almost always the most difficult tests.
Short-answer, fill-in-the-blank questions
- Concentrate on key words and facts. Be brief.
- Find out what the question is asking-precisely.
- Make a quick outline.
- Get to the point.
- Include part of the question in your answer.
- Start out with the most solid points.
- Write legibly.
- Be brief.
- Use a pen.
- Write on one side of the page only