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Preparing for and Taking Exams

  1. Try to get in a mode of calm preparation as exam time nears. Arrive early for the test, and make sure that you’ve brought all needed supplies and materials.
  2. Make certain that you understand the directions for an exam before you begin. If you are unsure about the directions, ask your instructor to explain.
  3. Plan how you'll use your time during the exam. Pace yourself so you'll have enough time to answer all questions and review your work.
  4. To build your confidence, start with questions that you know best and feel most comfortable with.
  5. Read each question carefully and completely before giving your answer. Make sure your answer responds directly to what the question asks.
  6. To avoid tensing up and making careless mistakes, work quickly but don't rush. Use all of the time allowed.
  7. Have a strategy for regaining confidence and control in case you start to panic during an exam.
  8. Allow a few minutes at the end of the exam to check, edit and proofread your answers.


Tips For Taking Different Kinds Of Examinations


  1. Respond to all questions.
  2. Read all answer choices.
  3. Watch subtleties of wording.
  4. Watch for multiple concepts.
  5. Check your work.



  1. Make notes.
  2. Work the easiest problems first.
  3. Work problems one step at a time.
  4. Do all that you can.
  5. Be organized.



  1. Read all questions before beginning
  2. Answer the easiest questions first.
  3. Concentrate on one question at a time.
  4. Understand the questions.
  5. Make an outline.
  6. Get to the point.
  7. Include specifics.
  8. Be neat.
  9. Allow room to expand.
  10. Check your work.


Adapted from Fisher, 1990

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