Learn Our Best Test-Taking Tips

The end of the semester is approaching fast, which means it’s exam time!

Guarantee success using these simple test-taking tips that can help students regulate their nerves, and improve processing speed and information recall!

Use these techniques for success on ANY exam:


Close your eyes and take a deep breath IN. Slowly release your breath OUT. This will center your body’s energy and allow you to distribute blood flow and energy to the parts of your brain that help you focus and give your best.

Track Time

Find out how long you have for the test and how many questions will be on the test. Divide the minutes by the number of questions. This simple tip will help you know how much time to spend on each problem. Place a mark next to the question you should be on at your midpoint check-in to help you stay on track.


[60 ➗ 40 = 1.5 min. ]

Brain Dump

When you first receive the test, immediately write down any information you have that comes to mind that you are afraid you may not remember (i.e., formulas, dates, names, facts, etc.).

Read ALL Questions

Look at all questions and see which ones you’ll need to plan more time for (i.e., fill in the blank or multiple choice). Pay attention to details so you are sure of what is being asked. Also, clues for some answers are sometimes in other test questions.

Mark it, Move on & Revisit

Don’t waste time on a problem you think you don’t know. The building anxiety your mind creates could inhibit your focus for the rest of the test. Mark it, move on and then go back to that question after you complete the rest of the test. You may have the answer now!

Don’t Read the ANSWERS First

With multiple choice questions, think of the answer before you read the options. Then, cross out answers you know are wrong.

NOTE: Trust your mind; your first impression is often correct. Reading the answers FIRST can play tricks on your recall. A suggested solution may take your mind off track and lead you away from the right answer.

Check Your Work

If you finish early, use your remaining time to double check your answers or proofread and revise essays.

If you utilize these test-taking tips along with a positive attitude and a well-rested and well-fed YOU, then you’ll be unstoppable!

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