Skip to main contentSkip to main navigationSkip to footer content

Test Taking

Tips for what to do before, during, and after a test.

Watch the Test Taking video (5 minutes)

Before the Test

  • Studying begins on the first day of class. Don’t wait!
  • Utilize study strategies 
  • Follow the 5 Day Study Plan 
  • Make sure you are well-rested and have had a nutritious meal.

During the Test

  • Arrive early and take a moment to relax
  • Listen carefully to the directions given by the instructor.
  • Read the test directions and questions very carefully and make note of important details.
  • Write notes on the test of things you need to remember (e.g. formulas, equations, dates, lists, etc.).
  • Use your time wisely. Make sure to leave enough time for questions that will take you awhile to complete.
  • Answer easy questions first, and then come back to the questions you’re unsure of later. Make sure to mark incomplete questions so you remember to return to them later.
  • Answer all questions, even if you’re running out of time and can’t answer all of them fully. You may earn partial credit for partially completed answers.
  • Review your answers.

After the Test

  • When the test is returned, view the test as a way to gather feedback on your learning.
  • Reflect on your test performance. How effective were your study strategies? What could you do differently next time?
  • Take note of what types of questions you struggled with (e.g., multiple choice, essays, etc.).
  • If you earned a low score, schedule a meeting with your instructor to determine how you can improve on the next test.