First & Foremost… Put the test in perspective. Of course, you want to do your best,but remember: This test is not the end of the world, allyou are doing is putting marks on apiece of paper or on a computer screen. Be prepared. Relax. Know that you will pass the test withflying 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 supportresources.
Strategies for Various Tests One strategy that works for almost alltests: If an answer comes quickly, go with it! If you’re really not sure, come back to itlater. Otherwise, different tests havedifferent strategies: Objective tests Subjective tests
Objective & Subjective Tests Objective tests include multiple choice matching true-false fill in the blank Subjective tests Short answer Essay questions Good study strategiesinclude: using flash cards making a conceptvocabulary list reviewing your text’sstudy guide reviewing your notes work with a tutor join a study group
Multiple Choice Strategies Read the question carefully and try to answer itbefore you read the choices. Strike out wrong answers. Mark answers clearly and consistently. Change answers cautiously. Beware of second-guessing yourself. Read all the options before making a choice. If you don’t know an answer, move on. If all else fails, make an educated guess!!
True-False Strategies Read the question carefully. Go with your hunch. Watch for key words: Absolutes (never, etc.) are probably false Relatives (some, etc.) are probably true Double negatives – not untruthful, etc. If a part of it is false, all of it is false. Answer all questions unless there isa penalty for guessing.
Fill-in-the-Blank Strategies Read thoroughly to be sure what is beingasked. Be brief and specific. Give an answer for every blank. Short blanks may have long answers andvice versa. Don’t assume anything. Remember an “a” before a blank wants aconsonant word and “an” a vowel word. Watch for key “trigger” words.
Essay Question Strategies Read the questioncarefully. What is the questionasking for? Outline the key ideas. Refer specifically to thequestion in your openingsentence. Make a clear, coherentthesis statement. Develop the main body ofthe essay to support yourthesis statement. Conclude by summarizinghow your thesis issupported. Watch grammar, spellingand punctuation. Use humor if it fits in. Be sure you havecompletely answered thequestion. Write legibly. Proofread your work.
Okay, you flunked it!Now recover your balance. Don’t let yourself become undone by onefailure. Use the disappointment to critically thinkabout the causes of the poor performance crafting new strategies to improve yoursituation. Begin by reviewing your test results. Talk to your instructor or a tutor.
Tempted to cheat?Resist the ImpulseCheating can have ugly consequences: Cheaters struggle with a nagging conscience, self-doubt,dissatisfaction, and guilt. Humiliation results if you get caught. You may, at least, receive a “0” on your exam, or possibly beexpelled from the college or university. Professors who catch you cheating may spread the word andrefuse to write letters of recommendation, ruining chances forgraduate study or participation in special programs. And remember the person you cheat the most is yourself.
Finally, one more time:The Big ThreeBe prepared!Relax!Know you can do it!