Test Taking Tips

There are three (3) steps you must do well in order to get the best grade possible on each test you take. They are:

  1. Preparation
  2. Review
  3. Execution (actually taking the test)


  • Listen in class - Remember, 99% of all questions on every test will be covered in class before the test.
  • Ask questions in class - You will remember things better if you are part of the class discussion. Also, from your questions, a teacher may get an idea about what material should be on the actual test.
  • Take notes - Notes are a way to make a record of the things you think are important. It takes practice to become good at taking notes.
  • Draw pictures - Drawing a picture, a diagram, a graph or a table makes it much easier to remember facts.

The night before the test:

  • Collect all the information you have that you think might be on the test.
  • Organize the information in a way that makes sense to you. For example:
  • history or social studies information can be chronologically organized
  • math problems can be organized according to difficulty
  • science information can be compared and contrasted
  • Review one thing at a time and take your time.
  • Do not try to review everything at once.
  • Don’t watch TV or go out to play after you finish studying - get a good night’s sleep instead - you will remember more the next day.
  • Do a quick review right before the test.

  • Be confident about what you know.

  • Execution (actually taking the test)

    • Have all the materials you need to take the test and be ready to go.
    • Read every question carefully and any information with it before you write your answer.
    • Go completely through the entire test one time, doing your best to answer each question.
    • Put a mark next to the questions you are not 100% sure of.
    • After you have gone through the test the first time, go back over the questions you marked and work on them until the test is over.
    • You may find clues in one part of the test that will help you answer questions in another part of the test.
    • Hand in your paper only after you think you have done the best job possible.

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