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General Test-Taking Tips

  • Consistent review is more effective than cramming. Prepare well in advance for tests.
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before. Eat a good breakfast.
  • If you feel nervous before the test, relax by taking several deep breaths.
  • Maintain confidence in your abilities and plan to do your best. Attitude can affect performance.
  • Listen carefully to all instructions and ask questions if you hear something you don't understand.
  • Focus your attention entirely on your work.
  • Neatness is key. You want your answers to be interpreted correctly.
  • True items may be longer than false items because they require qualifying phrases.
  • Words such as “always,” “never,” and “none” are associated with false items.
  • Words such as “usually,” “often,” and “many” are associated with true items.
  • Chew gum if it helps reduce anxiety.
  • Wear a watch so that you can pace yourself during the test.
  • If you complete the test before time is up, reread the questions and check your answers.