Taking tests for various purposes like periodical exams (if you are student), qualification for a driver’s license or to determine your skills in job related exam are not easy tasks. It is therefore important for you to know how to take tests in the right way.

Following are some ways to help you to do well on tests:

1.     Prepare for the tests. – The preparation for the test does not begin a day even a week before the test. It starts on the first day of class. If you study regularly, you will remember all your lessons better and your preparation just before the test becomes easier.
2.    Look over the entire test as soon as the test paper is given to you. The purpose of looking over the entire test is to see what kinds of items are included and to estimate the amount of time you can spend on each section of the test.
3.    Read directions carefully. Much depends on the way you follow directions. Be sure to follow the directions given.
4.    Read each test item carefully. If you are taking a matching test, mark each item as you use it so that you will not use it more times than you are supposed to.
5.    Answer first the items that you are sure of. Do not waste time on an item if you do not know the answer. However, put a small mark before an answered item so that you can go back to it when you have time.

Test help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. They can help you decide if you need to change the way you study.
Your success on a test will depend to a certain extent on your mastery of the skills and content of the learning areas. If you apply the ways of taking a test discussed earlier, you can be test-wise.

By: Judith E. Tanael

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