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Tips for Better Test Scores

 

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Learning how to master testing skills is a must do for all students.

The common practice for most students today is to try and 'cram' as much information into their mind as possible the night before the test itself. This usually leads to a lack of sleep and a poor performance on their test. But that doesn't have to be the case, there are ways to increase your performance on any test.

Multiple Choice Test

The most common test is the multiple choice test. This type of test is usually given on a weekly basis by the instructor to check the retention rate of the course information by students. In order to score high on these types of tests, a student has to know the right terms or "buzz words", important concepts covered in the book and the daily lectures presented by the instructor.

By knowing the highlights of the week's instruction, a student can more easily eliminate the wrong answers in multiple choice tests and then choose the most relevant answer from the remaining choices.

Attend Classes 

It is important to attend every class. Instructors require certain books for reading, yet they usually have their tests made up in advance. The tests are based on the concepts covered in the book, but the specific multiple-choice questions are usually taken from the instructor's lectures. This is something most students don't pay attention to. They think that if they read the book assigned by the instructor, they can pass the test easily. The truth is that the answers to most test questions are covered in the lectures.

Tests may focus on concepts from the book and lessons by the instructor. Be sure to ask your instructors politely about what material they will expect you to know during the course. Most instructors will be glad to discuss this with you.

Develop Habits

Most weekly tests are predictable to a certain degree. Instructors usually give the same type of tests on a weekly basis to save them time. Pay close attention to the instructor's test format. You will be able to increase your accuracy each week by simply repeating the study habits that produced favorable results for you in the previous weeks.

If a question seems to pose a problem, simply 'mark' the question and return to it after you have answered all the other questions. This will give you more time to think about the answer to this question later. Remain calm and collected. Use all the time allotted for the test.

By answering all the questions that you know first, you can go back and complete the other questions with more certainty. Sometimes the answer to one question will lead to an obvious answer to another because they are related.

The best way to approach your success in testing is to read all required materials, make certain you attend class every day, and keep copies of your returned tests if possible so you can refer back to your previous mistakes.

Sometimes a prior question will show up on a mid-term or final exam. The best review for a final exam often comes from previous tests.

 

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