Tips for Better Test Scores
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Learning how to master testing skills is a must do for all
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
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
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.
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.