Final exams are coming and smart students do
not leave studying to the last moment. They begin review well
in advance of scheduled tests, so they have lots of time to
really learn, digest and review their course material. (More
information on certificate tests
held in June at Pearson Adult Learning Centre.)
If you would like to learn more test taking
strategies, go to this site which covers test preparation,
test taking tips and test anxiety.
Test Taking Strategies
For more information on test taking, read
the following passage. When you are confident you have
understood it, test your learning with a
And, by the way, good luck on all your exams!
The Day of the Exam
You have studied hard, and the day has
finally come where you must write your exam. Try to arrive a
few minutes before the exam starts. Avoid talking to other
students, especially those who are doing some last minute
cramming. These people will make you nervous and disturb your
concentration. If you can, choose a seat that allows you to
concentrate. Try to sit away from the exit to the room so you
are not disturbed by students leaving before you are finished.
Listen carefully to any verbal instructions from the teacher
or any messages written on the board.
Here are five steps for taking exams:
1. Catch your breath
2. Read the directions very carefully
3. Read through the test
4. Budget your time
5. Answer the questions
More Test Taking Tips from Brad's Classes
held in November 2003
What kinds of tips do you have for a student
who is nervous about writing a test?
1. Prepare well and youíll be less nervous.
2. Relax your mind before you start. Try
breathing in and out slowly.
3. Try not to have a negative attitude in
your mind. Say to yourself: ďI can do itĒ instead of ďIím no
goodĒ or ďI canít do this.Ē
4. Remember that the outcome for you if you
fail is not negative.
5. Imagine the end of the test and your
6. Pay attention to the test questions and
less attention to how well you think you are doing.
7. Get help from a professional (counsellor)
if your nervousness causes you to do poorly.
8. Donít study in the hour before the test.
9. Avoid talking (especially negatively) to
your friends outside the exam room.
What tips do you have for a student while
they are writing a difficult test?
1. Do not sit and worry about a single
question that you donít know the answer for.
2. Remember to focus on the questions you
have to answer
3. Review the whole test at once. Get an
overall idea of what kinds of questions you will be answering.
4. Skip the difficult questions and do all
the easy stuff first. This makes you feel better, smarter, and
5. Donít, as a rule, change answers after
you do a test. If you had a strong feeling that the answer is
the correct one, usually (more than 75% of the time) you are
right. Changes are more often to wrong from right than from
wrong to right (in many teachers' experience)
6. If you have no idea about a multiple
choice, make a guess (you have 25% chance of being correct).
7. Read directions carefully as very often
students rush in directions and get a whole section as a
8. Write neatly, so the teacher is easily
able to read it. Rewrite, if needed, a good copy.
9. If the directions seem unclear, ask a
teacher to explain or to help.
What should a student remember to bring on
1. Pencil, pen (with ink inside), eraser.
Sorry, no dictionary allowed (nor calculator for earlier
2. A fresh, well-rested brain. (avoid
cramming or extra study the night before and use relaxation
techniques before bed: drink warm milk, for example)
3. Bring water, a piece of fruit or some hot
What tips do you have for students writing a
1. Read the directions carefully in a math
2. Check if your answer makes sense.
3. Count carefully.
4. Write a full sentence answer for any word
problem. Often, you lose a half mark if you donít.