No one likes taking tests—they’re stressful, difficult, and can sometimes have dramatic impacts on your life. However, test-taking is an art in and of itself—simply knowing the subject matter is only one aspect of it. The more tests you take, the more you can hone your test-taking skills, but it’s best to familiarize yourself with the best strategies before diving into your critical test.
Start long in advance—the most effective studying method is to study regularly for weeks or months before the test. And no cramming—that may just be counterproductive, since it creates stress and disrupts your sleep schedule, and getting a good night’s rest before an important test is crucial. Take practice tests that emulate the structure of your test to get used to the format. On the day of the test, arrive with plenty of time to spare, which gives you time to destress and review important test material.
Be careful as you read through the questions on the test—making silly errors because you didn’t read the question properly will cost you dearly. It’s also a good idea to complete the easiest questions first and then go back and attempt the harder ones—it’s one of the key time management strategies for tests. For more info on test-taking strategies, check out this infographic.
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