2016-2017 Student Handbook

Test Preparation Tips

Preparation for your test begins with studying, completing homework assignments and reviewing study materials on a regular basis.

  1. Budget your time. Make sure you have sufficient time to study so you are well prepared for the test.
  2. Go to review sessions. Pay attention to hints the instructor may give about the test. Take notes and ask questions about items that confuse you.
  3. Ask the instructor to specify the areas that will be emphasized on the test.
  4. Make sure you go to the class right before the test; it's another prime time for the instructor to give out more hints including the format of the test.
  5. Go over materials from previous tests, sample problems, review materials, the textbook, class notes, handouts, etc.
  6. Eat before the test. Food will give you energy and help you focus, but avoid heavy foods that can make you groggy or sleepy.
  7. Don't stay up all night studying. Get at least six to eight hours of sleep the night before the test.
  8. Put the main ideas/information/formulas onto a sheet that can be quickly reviewed many times; this makes it easier to retain key concepts that will be on the test.
  9. Try to show up at least five minutes before the test will start.
  10. Set your alarm and have a back up alarm, as well.
  11. Use the restroom before walking into the exam room.