Test-taking Strategies from the Jandrisevits Learning Center
- Review! Use index cards to memorize key concepts and facts. Re-read notes, assignments, handouts, and quizzes. Use mnemonics.
- Write your own test questions
- Know how you'll be tested. For an open book test, prepare readings with sticky notes. For an open note test, write a one-page summary of the important facts and information for the test.
- Study in 30-45 minute chunks with breaks in between
- Join a study group
- Stay off drugs, alcohol, and sleep meds
Be at your best!
- Get a good night's sleep and eat breakfast
- Have a healthy snack a half-hour before the test
- Get some exercise the day before or the morning of the test
- Have everything you need for the test when you get to class
- Relax! Take slow, deep breaths.
- Arrive early
- Read the directions and follow them
- As soon as you get the test, write important information at the top (names, dates, facts)
- Ration your time—plan how much time to devote to each section or question
- Skip hard questions and return to them later
- Check your answers
- For multiple choice tests, think of the answer before looking at the choices
- For essay tests, jot down main points you want to cover. Write complete sentences. Proofread!
- For True & False questions, look for key words (all, always, never, every, and none – usually false)
- For math tests, show your work. If you get stuck, draw a picture or diagram. Check your work.
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