Test Taking Tips

Overcoming test anxiety isn't easy.  It takes work and concentration, practice and more practice.  If you are determined to suceed and you are willing to take the steps necessary, you will be able to sit down in a test situation and feel confident that you know what you are doing.  Below are testing taking tips to help you gain confidence and success:

Test Taking Tips

1. Pay close attention to the instructions given by the test examiner.  Resist  the urge to ignore what the examiner is saying because you want to get started on the test.

2. Practice relaxation exercises and keep a positive outlook.

3. Circle or underline significant words in the question.  Read carefully to avoid misinterpreting what is being asked.

4. Use your time wisely.  Do not spend too much time on any one question.  Skip the harder ones and then go back to them later as your confidence builds.  

5. Complete the sections of the test that award the highest points first.

6. When working out a problem, write down whatever you know.  It might help you to figure the problem out and some teachers even give partial credit in recognition for what you know.  Never leave a question blank.

7. If it is a math test, and calculators are allowed, take advantage of  them.  Learn how to use them well ahead of time.

8. After finishing the test, verify your answers using these checking  techniques:

  • Check for reasonableness.  Does the answer make sense?
  • remember that on multiple choice exams your first response is often your  best response.  Unless you have a good reason, do not change  your answer
  • Proofread your exam.
  • If using an answer sheet, make sure you have only one answer per line.

9.  Allow yourself the whole test period to finish the exam.  Do not allow those who leave early to bother you.

10. Remain clear, calm, confident, and positive.

11. Maintain an alert mind and a cheerful attitude throughout the exam.