Study Skills


Test-Taking Tips

Down the Home Stretch

You’ve spent the last 18 weeks preparing for the performance that is worth – in some cases – up to 50% of your grade or more. However, if you’ve followed the steps and suggestions in this guide, then your preparation should have put you in a strong position to “nail it.” Here are a few tips for the home stretch:

  1. Get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.
  2. Keep a positive attitude and don’t panic if you stumble early.
  3. Take a watch with you to gauge your time.
  4. Read over the entire test before starting.
  5. Don’t rush but don’t get stuck on a small part of the test to get the perfect answer.
  6. Skip a problem if it’s taking too much time, mark it and come back to it later.
  7. If you get extremely nervous, remind yourself that, in the big scheme of things, it’s just a test.
  8. If you have time, read over your answers when you’re done.

Overall, don’t stress out. Remember that the Test is an opportunity for success, and after you finish, you will have given it your best attempt.

Checklist for Success

To summarize what we've covered, throughout your education, use these tips and you will be on your way to great success:

  1. Keep a positive attitude.
  2. Set specific, realistic goals.
  3. Create a schedule, to-do list and study area.
  4. Be excited about learning.
  5. While attending class, be an active learner by taking good notes and participating.
  6. One of the best times to study is immediately after learning new material.
  7. Study often, and break down the information.
  8. Take breaks.
  9. Minimize stress by being prepared.
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