Making the Grade
Tips for Taking Tests
In college, you may only have a couple of tests for each class. This means you only get a couple of chances to make the grade you want. It’s important to be prepared and to remember the little things that could make a big difference in your academic success.
- Get a good night’s sleep. Experts agree that lack of sleep is associated with lower academic performance.
- Eat a high protein breakfast. After sleeping, your body is low on energy. Protein will recharge your body and stick with you longer.
- Fully understand the question before starting to answer it. Don’t assume.
- Come up with an answer before reviewing the choices. Multiple choice questions can create confusion. Begin with the answer in mind.
- Skip questions you’re not sure about. No need to waste time. You can go back to them later.
- Eliminate choices you know are wrong. When you’re not sure, this will help you narrow the focus.
- At least provide partial answers. Your teacher may appreciate the attempt and you might get some credit.
- Show your work. It can be tempting to skip this step. But instructors like to see your thought process.
- Don’t second guess your answers. Once the test is over, it’s unproductive to second guess yourself.