By: Paige Contenta & Kaitlyn Swoverland
Whether it’s halfway through the year and you’re taking your midterms or it’s simply the end of a unit and your teacher hands out a big test, it’s important to approach it properly and confidently.
Many students rush through multiple choice tests and circle whichever answer they first think of, not paying close attention to keywords or phrases within the question and answers.
1. Use the test to take the test. Within the test there are clues that give away answers. The test may have similar questions with the same answers or even have a statement in the question that gives away an answer to a previous question.
For example, a question might say “Neurotransmitters are a chemical substance that is released where?” and another question might say “What is a neurotransmitter?” and an option could be that it is a chemical substance that is released at the end of the nerve fiber. By using the test to take test it can help lead you in the right direction and is helpful for reassurance if you are unsure of a certain question.
2. By elimination, you are crossing out answers that are definitely not right to increase your chances of approaching the right answer. By eliminatinating answers that don’t correspond with the question you are narrowing down your choices, and you can use an educated guess to decide which answer you believe works best.
If you are given four possible correct answers to a question and you know that two of them are not right, then you can cross those answers off and have a 50 percent chance of approaching the correct answer.
3. Answer the questions you know first. If you are given a five page long test, it can be very overwhelming and stressful. By answering questions that appear to be easy, you are getting that out of the way so you can focus more on the ones you don’t know.
If you have a certain time limit to complete the test, you don’t want to spend too much time on any one question, so by answering the questions you know first it allows you to save time for harder parts of the test that requires more time and thought.
4. Check your work. If you have enough time after you finish your test, you should go back through each question and make sure you have the right answer that you think.
While taking a test many people may rush through and think of one answer and accidentally fill in the wrong bubble not noticing. It is very important to skim back through your test to make sure you filled in the correct bubble that you intended.
5. Make sure that you get a good enough sleep the night before the test. This is a big part in your performance for the next day. If you get a good night's sleep your memory recall will be much better and you will remember more things that you studied, then if you didn't get a good night sleep.
You don't want to be tired during a test and doze off, and circle the wrong answers. Getting a good sleep is a big part in making sure you are prepared and ready for the test.
These five tips will apply to and help a lot of highschool students. Every student wants to do well on tests and studying the right way is the biggest part in achieving that goal. Making sure you study is a push in the right direction when approaching a test.
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