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Test Taking Skills
Transcript of Test Taking Skills
Briefly review all test sections before beginning, and decide an appropriate time for each section.
Decide which questions will take longer to answer. It takes longer to complete an essay than a multiple choice question
Attempt to answer every question. Hard questions can be left to the end unless they carry a great deal of value.
Answering questions you know first relieves tension and builds confidence. This will give you better access to your memory as you proceed Time Management Skills Set an alarm or have a friend call you especially, if tests are scheduled for early morning
Eat protein rich food on test day. Protein is a reliable energy source when sitting and concentrating for extended periods of time
Shower on test day. Being self-conscious about appearance is a distraction
Time permitting, lightly exercise on test day
Come prepared for the test with paper, pencils, calculators, and other permitted items
Arrive early for the test. Having extra time will allow you to clear your mind and focus on the test
Briefly review notes just prior to the test. If you're sufficiently prepared, reading through the notes will refresh your memory
Use the restroom before entering the test center or classroom
Participate in deep breathing exercise before taking the test. Continue doing this if you experience extreme anxiety while taking the test
Take some time to stretch prior to sitting down for the test to relieve tension
Never compare yourself to peers, and don't get distracted by students who finish early. Devote all your attention to focusing on the test
Don't panic, if you aren't performing up to your expectations. It won't help to regret your lack of preparation in the middle of the test. Assess performance and make changes after the test
Don't overreact to a poor test score. Move on since you'll have opportunities later in the semester to make up for a bad score
Meet with a teacher or an academic counselor if test taking anxiety is affecting your performance
The best way to decrease test taking anxiety is to study hard for the test. You must make time for the study. There is no easy route to success Relieving Test Taking
Anxiety Test Day Preparation Being groggy affects
concentration Finishing a test on time is difficult for many students Reduce test anxiety Bolster student confidence about exams Improve test scores "When you take a test - any test - you're really being tested on two things: how much you know about the subject and how much you know about taking a test"
(Kessleman-Turkel, 1981, p. v) Bibliography
Kesselman-Turkel, J. & Peterson, F. (1981). Test-taking strategies. Chicago: Contemporary Books, Inc.
Mastering Skills in Test Taking. An online document http://www.wiu.edu/advising/docs/mastering_test_taking.pdf
Learning Strategies Database. Muskingum College -CAL
Test taking Strategies for College Midterms and Finals. An online source http://www.collegeatlas.org/college-final-test-taking-strategies.html