Tests may be irritating, but they are an effective learning tool that helps students remember and review things. Despite sincere efforts, some students end up committing the following mistakes while taking a test.
The exam schedule showing the date and time, open or closed book status, etc. is always shared earlier in advance on the college website. Try and arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled time so that you do not have to worry about being late.
You may be allowed pens, pencils, calculators, or even notes for some exams. If you have been told that the exams will be administered via scantron, it is your responsibility to bring the pencil with you. Be sure to be prepared and know which materials you should bring with you.
Students often do not spend time reading the question thoroughly. Read every question to ensure that you understand what’s being asked.
Read all the options before you choose an option when answering multiple choice questions. Spend a few seconds reading the question and the options provided. This helps you make an informed choice.
If you’re stuck and unable to answer a question, don’t waste your time! Move on to the next problem – you can come back to finish this question later when you have time.
Try and answer as many questions as you can, guessing if the exam is nearing the end and you still have questions left blank. Unless there is an additional punishment for putting a wrong answer over leaving it blank, take a guess.
If it is a pen and paper exam, make sure that you write in clear and legible handwriting.
Low motivation levels, anxiety, lack of preparation and planning, and fear are some of the reasons people feel stressed before an exam. Before you start an exam, take a deep breath, and remember to focus. Believe in yourself and your abilities.
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