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Review your preparations--add more time if needed
Goals of This Session
In high school, Eduardo did not like taking tests, and he often waited until the last minute to study, studying with friends in a late-night cram session, if at all. He never seemed to do well on the exam, regardless of whether the cram session seemed effective or not. During the exam, he usually became so nervous that he could not remember the material thus affecting his final grade.

Ask your Professor/T.A. Questions
Ex: Type of exam?
How many questions?
What chapters does the exam cover?
Arrive at least 10 minutes early

Presented by:
Angel Nevin
Abdula Newman
Nick Ritchie

During the test
What if’s
Test taking strategies
How to reduce test anxiety

Prepare physically
Prepare mentally
Prepare emotionally
Before, During and After:

Multiple Choice:
Essay Exam:
Math Exams:
Stress Relief Info and Techniques:
(Part 1)
(Part 2)
What should one do before the exam?
Let's brainstorm together...
What should one do during the exam?
What should one do after the exam?
A Case Scenario...
He is now taking a college course that has two exams. For the first exam, he did the same thing he did in high school—crammed the night before, became nervous during the exam and failed. For the second exam, he refused to let this happen again and realized that he needed to utilize more effective test-preparation strategies.
Now, think about what we covered in this workshop. Also, recall the material covered the past two weeks about Time Management and Study Skills…

Let’s help Eduardo…
Consider what effective study skills and test-taking methods might work well in this situation. Why did you choose these methods?
In this case study, Eduardo followed a similar pattern on his first college test that he used in high school—cramming for exams. Why might this behavior cause a problem when taking exams?
Eduardo often became stressed and anxious during his exams. How is test preparation directly related to stress/anxiety levels before, or during, an exam?
What advice would you suggest to Eduardo for passing his next exam?
Ask questions!!!

Create a positive environment

Breathing – stay in the moment

Take care of your body – your mind will benefit


Progressive relaxation
Symptoms of both types include:
Mental distraction

Physical discomfort (e.g. Nausea, cramps, tension)

Inability to recall material

A flood of negative thoughts regarding the test material

Experience anxiety during the test
Experience anxiety while preparing for the test
Types of Exams:
Multiple Choice
Read the first part of the question and predict the answer prior to reviewing choices
Take advantage of the cues within the question:
Absolute words (e.g. always, never, only) are often incorrect (but not always).
Not, except, and but – the most inclusive answer is often correct
Elimination is the key!
Avoid second guessing
Essay/Short Answer
Types of Exams:
Budget your time
Do not write overly complex responses
Identify and use the "key task words" in each question
Create an outline first
Types of Exams:
Every part of a true sentence must be true
Treat all questions independently – avoid second guessing
The terms often and frequently suggest that it might be true
Questions containing ALWAYS, NEVER, and ONLY tend to be false
Open Book/Take Home
Types of Exams:
Exams are usually MORE DIFFICULT!
Allow yourself plenty of time for completion
If essay – answers need to be comprehensive
Colored tabs
Page numbers
Mark your notebook/textbook for easier accessibility:
Create notecards that contain relevant information
Types of Exams:
Dress accordingly
Practice by talking in front of a mirror, tutor, friends and/ or family--use questions that you believe will be asked
Include visual aids if possible
Speak in complete sentences
Seek clarification if you do not understand the question asked
Maintain good eye contact and posture
Turn off your cell phone
Types of Exams:
Make estimates for your answers
Write all formulas on margin or scrap paper for later use at start of test
If needed, make a picture
Do not erase work, even if your answer is incorrect
Answer the easy questions first
Show all work and write legibly
Ask your professor/T.A. questions for clarification when needed
Analyze, ask, and stay calm
Maximize your time
Read ALL of the directions carefully
Write your name on all test materials
Review the test for grading errors
Understand your errors--ask questions!
Go to office hours to discuss further
WHAT IF . . .
Your professor doesn’t/won’t tell you the type of exam to expect
Can you think of any other ‘what if’ scenarios that we can work through together?

You have a time-conflict
You don’t understand a question
You miss your exam
Final Exam Schedule:
Testing Center:
Tutoring and SI:
Up OWL Night:
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