Before the Test:
Be Prepared – the better prepared you are for your exam, the lower your level of anxiety.
No Cramming – Imagine stuffing all of your textbooks into your backpack at one time. Would they all fit? Probably not. Your brain is similar to your backpack…it will handle a little information at a time better than a lot of information at one time.
Review All Information – study from your book, notebook, and any other materials used in class. Combine their information.
Use Flash Cards – You will be able to study quickly, carry your note cards everywhere with you, and determine what you already know.
Think Straight About the Test:
Put Your Test In Perspective – A test is only a test. Keep in mind that there will be others.
Eliminate Negative Self-Talk – Avoid thinking of yourself in a negative way (ex. I can’t do this. This is too much. I will never learn all of this information.)
Put Your Grade In Perspective – Your grade is not necessarily a reflection of your preparation.
Develop Reasonable Expectations – Take your tests one at a time. Set reachable goals.
Relax – Use slow breathing and picture your safe place if you start to feel nervous.
During the Test:
Test Overview – Look over the whole test and figure out where you can get the most points. Answer these questions first.
Set Priorities – Answer all easier questions before going back to answer as many harder questions as possible.
Do Not Get Stuck – Do not get stuck on any one question. Skip it and solve the next one.
Give Short Answers For Short-Answer Questions
Read Options Carefully - Read all options of multiple choice questions. Eliminate the most obvious. Use qualifying words such as “always” or “only” to eliminate others.
Watch the Clock – Do not rush through the test. Keep track of the time.
Ask Questions – Ask for more information if you are not sure about a question in your test.
After the Test:
Reward Yourself – Whether you did well or not, reward yourself for taking and surviving your test! You deserve it.
Develop a Plan – Use your mistakes as a guide and develop an improved plan and begin studying for your next test!