Test Taking and Study Tips

Tests are the only way teachers can measure a student's understanding of the course material. No one really looks forward to a test. However, to do well in tests there is no alternative to regular preparation. A little thoughtful preparation, a regular routine and access to the right books can make all the difference to how you perform in a test. Here are a few tips that will help you do well in your tests.

Creating a Good Study Environment
A congenial study environment increases your productivity. In addition to proper preparation, effective time-management, taking class notes, and high motivation, a good study environment helps you to perform better at the examinations. You should choose an environment that brings out the best in you, fits your learning style, learning task, and resources. While some people prefer peaceful surroundings, others need a particular room or space in which to study. Some basic things such as a clutter-free area, good lighting, absence of distracting elements (television and phone), comfortable seating, and all learning resources at hand create a conducive study environment.

Preparing Yourself before the Test
Test preparation will require strategic planning. Since your study environment is of crucial importance, make the effort to create the perfect setting with a minimum of hindrances. Stick to the rules regarding hours of study and pattern of study. If needed, be strict with your family, asking them not to disturb you. Set time limits to finish portions of the coursework. Reward yourself with an activity of your liking when you achieve your target.

Though it is always advisable to do your class work on a daily basis to prevent accumulation and cramming at the last hour, it often does not happen. Once you get the syllabus, prepare a time-table. As you finish each section, do a short review; ask yourself questions and try to answer them. You can do this review in a group. While reviewing, write down the key points. This will be of immense help when you will go through the matter a second time, the day before your exam.

A crucial part of preparation also includes studying the question pattern and the scoring pattern. Ask the teacher to confirm what type of questions will be asked: Is it a multiple-choice question? Is it a true/false question? Also clarify the scoring pattern: Will there be negative marking? Are you going to be penalized for not attempting questions? All these will help you to ascertain what is more important and help you to tackle the syllabus better. One of the most crucial things is to take proper rest and eat nutritious food. Do not neglect either of these, as they are crucial to keep a fit body and mind. For additional help in the classroom read Writing and Researching Term Papers for the prospective student looking to get the most out of their college experience.

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Preparing Yourself during the Test
Once you get the question sheet, you will feel an urgency to start writing. Avoid doing this. Study the paper; spend a few minutes going through it. This will help you to identify the easier questions, with which you can start. Do not guess your answers, if there is negative marking. While attempting the questions be careful to see that you are not answering both parts of an 'either/or' question. Allot some time for revision after you complete your paper. Though this may prove to be extremely difficult as you hurry to finish the paper, it may help you save a few marks.

After you finish the test, your instructor may have a review session. Attend this session to get to know about your mistakes. This will be of immense help the next time you take the exam. For a helpful test checking check list, log on to: UMN.edu

Preparing for Online Tests
Online studies and the consequent preparation for the tests need a higher degree of motivation and disciple than a classroom situation. With the increasing popularity of online courses, you can now take your college entrance tests online. You can take your course online, prepare online (resources are available on the Internet) for your course test, check your result, and get your degree online. For free online practice tests, access this link: TestPrepreview.com

Online tests involve technology. So your home computer should have all the software required to take the test. Before the scheduled time of the test, you should go through the login process, the test format (multiple-choice, true/false, etc.), and the process to save, review, and submit, so that your answers are not lost. You should also try to find out about the tracking system: Will the system warn you if you have left any questions unanswered? It is also important to know whether the test can be suspended in case of interruption, and if you can return to the same page later. Find out if your exam is being timed, whether you can change answers, or if you can write your essay answers in MS Word and copy/paste the same onto the online answer sheet. Mastering the navigation process of an online test is important if you do not want to waste time.

However, technology is not the only concern in an online test. There are various formats of online tests such as multiple choice questions, true/false, short answer type, essays etc. To have more of these format-related issues addressed, check out this link: StudyGS.net.

Tips to create a good study environment and prepare for the test will work only if you personalize these tips to suit your situation. Each individual has a different learning style - learning through seeing and looking (visual), learning through hearing and listening (auditory), and learning through touching and doing (kinesthetic). Identify your own style and develop an environment that suits your style.

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