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Ten testing strategies
- Before the examination, find out from the instructor the type of test and the material that is going to be covered in the examination.
- Follow the directions given by the instructor exactly as they are given.
- Read the examination first to get the thought processes started. On essay examinations, always outline your essay before starting to write.
- Start by answering the easiest questions first to warm up. Then return to work on the more difficult questions.
- Write something on every question. If you do not know the answer, think of the nearest approach to it.
- Do not hurry so much that you get confused. Work carefully.
- Distribute your time proportionately among questions. Extra-complete answers on a few do not compensate for inadequate answers on others.
- If you cannot recall the answer, try to reason it out. A moment's serious consideration may give the correct answer.
- The instructor can only grade you on what you have written on the examination sheet. A professor cannot read your mind, so be sure you have written down exactly what you mean.
- Check your paper to see that you have answered every question.
Strategies for studying
- Duke University has interesting information on studying for exams and active learning.
- The University of Texas has helpful handouts on strategic learning and study habits.
- California Polytechnic State University has great resources on note taking systems, including the Cornell Method.