College Test Taking From time to time, you will be called upon to “show what you know!” in the arena of Testing. What follows is information designed to aid you in doing your very best… YES! NO!
First & Foremost… Victory! Put the test in perspective. Of course, you want to do your best, but remember: This test is not the end of the world, all you are doing is putting marks on a piece of paper or on a computer screen. Be prepared. Relax. Know that you will pass the test with flying colors.
Planning Your Approach Prepare physically for the exam. Prepare mentally for the exam. Find out about the test. Know what is expected of you. Design an exam plan. Join a study group. Use tutoring and other campus support resources.
Tips for Taking Tests Get a good night’s sleep, eat a hearty breakfast. Bring necessary supplies to class. Relax and control your breathing. Begin by previewing the entire test. Ask any questions regarding the instructions. Don’t linger on hard questions – move on. Don’t get distracted by others finishing before you. Ask for clarification when necessary. Use clues in the test to jog your memory. Re-check your work before handing it in. Before all else! Be Prepared!
Aids to Memory Over-learn the material—go over it again and again. Use multiple senses—read, discuss, draw. Categorize the information. Use mnemonics. Associate ideas to things you already know. Visualize the concepts. Use flash cards. Use rhymes, songs, and acronyms. Ah, yes,I remember it well.