Test Taking Tips

Test-taking can present unique challenges for any student, so it is important to understand what works best for you. Work with your guidance counselor or advisor to help you make a plan for your tests. The right accommodations can make all the difference in how you perform on the final test. Here are some test-taking tips for students that can help improve their performance: 


  1. Start preparing early:
    Don’t wait until the last minute to start studying. This can create unnecessary stress and anxiety leading into your test. Start preparing well in advance, so you have plenty of time to review the material and practice. 
  2. Organize your study material:
    Organize your study materials into sections and create a study plan that budgets time for each section. This will help you stay on track and make sure you cover all the material. 
  3. Understand the test format:
    Be familiar with the test format and the types of questions that will be asked. Ask your teacher what you can expect for the allotted time and the kinds of questions asked. This will help you know what to expect on the day of the test. 
  4. Practice, Practice, Practice: Practice as much as possible, and use past exams or practice tests. This will help you get comfortable with the test format and types of questions. 
  5. Take breaks:
    Take regular breaks to rest your mind and reduce stress. Finding the balance between study time and leisure time is very important for your mental health! This will help you stay focused and alert during the test.
  6. Read the instructions carefully:
    Read the instructions carefully and make sure you understand what is being asked of you. Don’t rush into answering the questions without fully understanding the instructions. 
  7. Manage your time:
    Manage your time well during the test, so you have enough time to answer all the questions. Don’t spend too much time on any one question and leave time to review your answers before submitting the test. 
  8. Stay calm and confident:
    Stay calm and confident throughout the test. If you encounter difficult questions, take a deep breath and stay focused. Remember, you’ve prepared well, and you can do this! 

Remember, good test-taking habits take time to develop. By incorporating these tips into your study routine and practicing regularly, you can become a more confident and successful test-taker.