Test Taking Strategies
Become an A+ Test Taker
It's never too late to explore new exam taking strategies. Senior Career Advisor, James Bledsoe, shares his most valuable tips in the webinar above.
- study schedule and getting organized
- how to prepare for college tests
- manage test anxiety
- common test taking errors and how to avoid them
- types of tests
- avoiding burnout
General Tips on Test Taking
- Don't schedule appointments immediately after a test.
- Don't study right up until the test.
- Assess time.
- Carefully read instructions.
- Jot down any immediate answers or pieces of key information that comes to your mind.
- Answer questions worth the most points first.
- Ask the instructor about any questions that you may have about test directions.
Common Test Taking Errors and Solutions
|Didn't follow test directions.||Take time to breath and calm yourself before the test so you can read directions carefully.|
|Didn't calculate how much time to spend on each question.||Try to figure out beforehand how many questions are on the exam.|
|Didn't read the questions carefully.||Stay confident and calm! Remember that you prepared for the exam and that you've got this!|
|Didn't understand a question.||Ask for clarification when you need it. Build a rapport with the professor during the term so you feel more confident about speaking up.|
|Wrote a lot but didn't answer the question.||Make your first two sentences count and be direct.|
|Answer was disorganized.||Take a moment and think about how you want to answer before you submit an answer.|
|Handwriting was illegible/poor grammar/careless errors.||Use spellcheck, slow down, and know the material well.|
|Didn't know the subject matter very well.||Study until you feel like you're an expert on the subject that you just studied. Practice lecturing the material to yourself or friends.|