By Colleen Palat
We all know that school grades are largely dependent on tests and we must do well on these tests if we are to do well in school. As we all know, it’s important to be very familiar with the material you’ll be tested on if you want to pass with flying colors. But are there other things you can do to help ensure you’ll pass a test with flying colors?
There are a few tips to consider applying to your test-taking abilities next time you’re faced with an important test. Read through them below and see if you can use any of them!
1) Stay on top of the material throughout the class session. Last minute cramming and all-night studying sessions simply don’t work. By keeping up on the material, you’ll have a much easier time remembering what you need to.
2) Make sure you get plenty of rest the night before your test. Don’t stay up late studying or watching TV. Your brain will work faster and smoother with a good night’s rest.
3) Eat breakfast! This is SO important and something SO many people neglect. Without a healthy breakfast (and meals, for that matter) your brain will not function to it’s potential. Make sure to eat nutritious food (no junk, fried, or heavy foods) and stay hydrated with water.
4) Do a general review before test time, but don’t go crazy. Glancing at the subject matter right before the test will help your brain prepare for the test ahead.
5) Make sure you’ve come prepared with any materials, pens, pencils, or paper that you will need for the exam.
6) Don’t arrive late. In fact, get there fifteen minutes early in order to acclimate to the environment and relax before the “event”.
7) Stay positive! A positive outlook makes a big difference.
When you receive the test, briefly scan it to see the value of questions, sections, etc. and get an idea of what kind of questions you’ll be answering.
9) Are there some sections that have higher points that others? If so, do those first.
10) If you get stuck on a tough question, move on and come back to it later. Get through the easy answers and then come back to the ones you had trouble with.
11) Read each question carefully. The worst thing you can do is briefly scan and answer. Know what you’re answering!
12) In a multiple-choice test, your first choice is usually the right one. Go with your gut and don’t over think.
13) Don’t stress out if others are finishing the test before you. Take your time to answer the problems accurately.
14) Before handing in your test, briefly scan it, making sure you’ve answered all the questions and that you’ve put your first and last name on your test.
The next time you find yourself having to take a test, give these tips a try: I’m sure you’ll find them helpful!