11 Test-Taking Tips Every Student Needs to Know

Tests are stressful—there’s no doubt about it. But luckily, there are tons of ways to make them easier. From strategies to use on test day to ways you can study most effectively, here are just a few.

11 Test-Taking Tips
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  1. Familiarize yourself with the test's structure
    Study up on the structure and format--it'll help you.
     

  2. Don't cram
    Study slowly over a long period of time. The day before the test, try to relax and rest.
     

  3. Bring a Timer
    In case the facility doesn't have an accurate clock, it's best to be prepared.
     

  4. Arrive early
    You can mentally prepare for the test and review important info.
     

  5. Look the test over from top to bottom
    This can give you a good idea of how to approach the exam before you start.
     

  6. Read questions carefully
    You might miss key details if you're not careful.
     

  7. Look for key words in essay questions
    They're clues about the focus of the question and the type of answer needed.
     

  8. Trust your instinct
    Your first answer is often correct. Don't overthink and confuse yourself.
     

  9. Manage your time
    Do all the questions you can do easily first. Go back to the hard ones later.
     

  10. Keep calm
    Remember to breathe. Keep your cool and don't let nerves get the best of you.
     

  11. Answer all the questions
    Running out of time or really stuck? Guessing is usually better than nothing.