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Six Effective Test Taking Strategies for Students

September 15, 2014

Six effective test taking strategies for students.

You’ve completed all of your homework assignments and spent the last week studying for your upcoming exam.  You’ve done everything you can in advance to ensure you earn a good grade.  Now, you’re wondering what you can do on the day of the test to ensure all of your hard work is reflected in your test score.  Take advantage of these test taking strategies to ensure you earn the highest score possible on your next exam.

Read the Entire Question

After spending so much time in class reviewing the topics that will be covered on your exam and studying at home, it’s easy to think you can anticipate the questions that will appear on the exam.  Don’t assume you know what the question is asking after reading the first few words.  Be sure to read the question in its entirety before answering.  You don’t want to make a mistake because you hastily responded without a thorough understanding of the question.

Answer the Questions You Know First

On the day of the exam, chances are there will be questions you know the answer to right away, as well as some you’re unsure of.  Go through the test and answer the questions you know first.  This will help build your confidence and ensure you don’t run out of time because you spent too much time trying to answer questions you didn’t know.  In addition, as you complete the questions you know the answers to you may obtain additional information that will help you answer those you are unsure of.  After you’ve answered all of the questions you’re certain of, proceed to the rest of the questions on the exam, leaving the most difficult for the end. 

Pace Yourself

While you don’t want to rush through the exam, you want to be sure you have enough time to respond to all of the questions.  Be sure not to spend too much time on any one question.  If you’re not sure of the answer to a question, skip it and come back to it. 

Don’t Leave Questions Blank

Most tests that are administered in the classroom do not penalize you for incorrect answers, so you should never leave a question blank.  Even if you don’t know the answer, do your best to make an educated guess.

Focus on Your Own Exam

When you’re in a classroom full of other students, it can be difficult not to notice what others are doing.  Try not to be distracted by other people in your class.  Instead, concentrate on answering all of the questions to the best of your ability.  It doesn’t matter if someone else completes their exam ahead of you.  You don’t earn points for finishing first.

Review All of Your Answers

If there is still time left after you have answered all of the exam questions, go back and review your answers.  This will give you an opportunity to find and correct mistakes before turning in your exam.

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