are probably the scariest thing for the new high school
student. Suddenly you are expected to study and
recall everything that you learned from the term! No wonder it
is a bit overwhelming when you sit down to write your exam - here
are a few tips on taking tests. Try out these strategies while
you're still in high school, and by the time you get to college,
you'll be a test-taking expert.
Before the Test
* Eat well.
Studies show that you need good
nutrition to concentrate and perform your best.
* Bring the right supplies.
Bring your pencils, erasers, pens,
rulers, compasses, calculators, or whatever else you'll need on
* Review the whole test before you start.
See how many sections and what types
of questions are on the test. Consider how much time to allow
for each section, basing your decision on the point value of each.
You don't want to spend too much time on a question that counts
for only a few points.
* Jot down your first thoughts.
From your first look at the test,
take quick notes on ideas you might forget. For example, you may
want to outline your answers to written response and essay questions
During the Test
* Read the directions.
Never assume that you know what
the directions say. For example, some questions may have more
than one correct answer.
* Answer easy questions first.
Answering easier questions may jog
your memory about useful facts. You may also come across information
that can help you with other questions.
* Answer every question.
Unless there's a penalty for wrong
answers, it can't hurt to try.
* Ask questions.
If a question isn't clear, talk
to your teacher. If that's not possible, explain your answer in
* Identify key words.
This will help you focus on the
main idea of challenging questions.
* Rephrase difficult questions.
To understand questions better,
rewrite them in your own words, but be careful not to change the
* Organize your thoughts before you write.
Spend some time organizing your
responses to short-answer and essay questions. You'll reduce the
time you need to revise.
* Write neatly.
Be sure you don't lose points on
answers the instructor can't read.
* Use all of the time you're given.
If you finish early, don't race
out. Use the extra time to proofread and edit your answers.
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