Believe it or not, not all students enjoy taking tests. Of course, some do. Here are some tips to help everyone have a more relaxed and confident attitude toward test-taking.

Before a Test

Here are some tips to help you get ready for a test.

  • Be prepared. Study before the test! If you understand the subject, you'll be less anxious and more confident.
  • Study with a friend. Discuss the subject with a friend. This can be a good way to figure out tough concepts.
  • Ask questions during class. If you don't understand, raise your hand and ask a question.
  • Ask questions after class. Arrange to meet your teacher to talk over the subject outside of class.

During a Test

Try these tips during a test.

  • Come to the test prepared. Bring the supplies you need to take the test.
  • Relax and concentrate. Keep the test in perspective. Set aside your distractions. Do your best, but don't worry about it. You can do this!
  • Read the directions and questions carefully. Make sure you understand what you're being asked to do.
  • Make notes in the margin or underline key ideas. Feel free to write on the test. Jot down notes and ideas, or underline important parts of passages.
  • Answer the questions you know first. If you don't know an answer, skip the question. Come back to it after you've worked through the rest of the test.
  • Focus on correct answers by eliminating incorrect answers. If you know an answer is incorrect, finding the correct answer is now easier.
  • Get points for partial knowledge. If you know anything about a subject, write it down. That way you can get partial credit.
  • Guess! Never leave an answer blank. Blank answers receive no points. If there's no penalty for guessing, guess!
  • Work at your own pace. Don't worry if others finish before you. Ignore them and concentrate.
  • If you have time, go over your answers. You probably shouldn't change your answers, just check to make sure you actually gave the answers you intended to.