Test Taking Skills
- P LAN: Make a plan of when and how to study. Convert hours to minutes and use available small blocks of time.
- O RGANIZE: Organize your learning materials. Complete a set of class notes. Ask for copies of old exams.
- W ORK: Work your plan: Make efficient study tools. Create study cards. Complete test concept maps.
- E NGAGEMENT: Meet with study groups or study partner. Write practice tests.
- R EHEARSE: Do a practice run. Download test concept map. Take the test. Check it. Correct it. Repeat.
- T EST DOWNLOAD: Use a scratch paper to download test concept map, formulas, dates or anything else that you need to remember.
- E NTHUSE 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.
- S KIM: Skim the test. Start with a "friendly", one that you know the answer to, problem or question.
- T IME 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.
- I MAGINE IT: Picture your notes, textbook page, or study cards.
- N O STRESS: Tense your muscles and then relax, breathe! It allows oxygen to the brain and will help you think. Remember to breathe.
- G O FOR IT: Give it your all.
Adapted from Power Testing by Kathryn Van Wagoner and Eldon McMurray
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