Test Taking Strategies, Test Preparation and Reducing Test Anxiety Learning Assistance Center (LAC) University Pavilion, Suite 120 556-3244
Relax. Look at the test. Read the directions When you are stuck, move on! Ask for clarification Learn from the test. Concentrate despite distractions. Proofread your work General Test-Taking Strategies
Strategies for Multiple Choice Questions • Read the test items carefully and completely. • Strike out wrong answers. • Mark answers clearly and consistently. • Change your answers cautiously. • Guess • Look for cues. • Do not spend time thinking about how the question could have been written better. • Check for clues in other questions.
Strategies for True-False Questions • Go with your hunch. • Don’t look for answer patterns. • Honor exceptions to the rule. • Analyze qualifying terms.
Anticipate essay questions. Read carefully. Analyze the question. Map your ideas. Create an outline. Reflect the question in opening sentence. Write like a reporter. Don’t bluff. Write legibly. Be careful in use of humor. Proofread Strategies for Essay Questions
Test Preparation : Long-term Strategies • Pace yourself. • Commit to a study group. • Compare perspectives. • Share hunches. • Rotate special assignments.
Test Preparation: Short-term Strategies • Know what to expect. • Match your study to the test format. • Size up the professor. • Get an idea of what’s on the test.
Test Preparation: Self-Testing • Self-Testing • Take practice test • Use textbooks and notes to predict exam questions. • Use Study Aids • Create test-like conditions • Create flashcards • Create mnemonic devices • Record your notes • Create study checklists
Plan What you will need to study When you will study To study the material over several days Study In a well lit area at the same time each day In an area free from distraction Extra sources if possible to enhance your understanding Reducing Test Anxiety
Don’t Over-study Study up to the last minute Wait until the day before the test to ask seek help Do Get enough sleep Eat a starch or fruit Get there early Bring extras Bring a watch Take a deep breath Positive Self-talk Pace yourself Answer each question Avoid drug use! Reducing Test Anxiety: Do’s & Dont’s