Test Taking Skills
"Learning is an active process. We learn by doing... Only knowledge that is used sticks
in your mind."- Dale Carnegie
- PLAN: Make a plan of when and how to study. Convert hours to minutes and use available
small blocks of time.
- ORGANIZE: Organize your learning materials. Complete a set of class notes. Ask for copies of
- WORK: Work your plan: Make efficient study tools. Create study cards. Complete test concept
- ENGAGEMENT: Meet with study groups or study partner. Write practice tests.
- REHEARSE: Do a practice run. Download test concept map. Take the test. Check it. Correct it.
- TEST DOWNLOAD: Use a scratch paper to download test concept map, formulas, dates or anything else
that you need to remember.
- ENTHUSE ME: Be positive: Picture an A on the test as it is returned to you. Anytime you start
having negative thoughts about the test. Stop! Tell yourself you prepared and again
picture the A on the test.
- SKIM: Skim the test. Start with a "friendly", one that you know the answer to, problem
- TIME FRAME: Be aware of how much time you have, and the value of each problem or question. You
will want to adjust how you work accordingly.
- IMAGINE IT: Picture your notes, textbook page, or study cards.
- NO STRESS: Tense your muscles and then relax, breathe! It allows oxygen to the brain and will
help you think. Remember to breathe.
- GO FOR IT: Give it your all.
Review the returned test!! Evaluate how you studied and look for better ways to study. Correct your mistakes
and put information back into your long term memory.
Adapted from Power Testing by Kathryn Van Wagoner and Eldon McMurray
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