How to Prepare for Tests

Hi, friends! The first “test season” of the semester is coming up and that’s pretty nerve racking, so I thought I’d write a post on how to prepare for tests. Here are some ways to make sure you’re ready for whatever that test throws at you.

Here are some useful tips on how to prepare for tests!

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Pay attention during class

One of the easiest things you can do to prepare for a test is pay attention during class. Sometimes, the professor will flat out say, “This will be on the test” (or better yet, “this won’t be on the test”) or give other hints as to what will be on the test. It’s very easy to miss those hints if you’re not paying attention. They’ll point you in the right direction for what to study.

Also, paying attention in class will make the material easier to absorb. It’ll be one more time that you’re exposed to the material.

Know what type of test it is

Test preparation can be very different depending on the type of test. The way you prepare for an English essay test is not the same way you prepare for a multiple choice biology test. Find out what type of test it is, and prepare accordingly.

For a multiple choice test, there are many good study methods to help your memory. You can use flashcards to memorize vocabulary words, rewrite your notes, or redraw diagrams. The key is to make sure you remember.

For a math, physics, or chemistry test, problem solving is the most important thing. The best way to study for this type of test is to practice, practice, practice. Do as many practice problems as you can, especially the ones at the back of the chapter, the example problems dispersed throughout the chapter, and any practice tests your professor gives you. (Want some more tips on how to study for math tests?)

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Know the extent of the material

This builds on the first point. Know what chapters of the textbook (or which PowerPoint slides) you will be tested on. These chapters, in addition to your professor’s hints, will form the outline of your study plan, which brings us to the next point.

Create a study plan and stick to it

Now that you know what will be on the test and what type of test it is, you can create a study plan. Start studying well before the test date so you have plenty of time to prepare. Write down which chapters you plan to study (or which problems you plan to do) each day. (For example, reread chapters 1-3 on Monday, 4-6 on Tuesday…) This way, you know you’ll have time to cover everything.

Get help now!

Now is the time to ask any last minute questions. If you find you’re stuck, go to your professor right away and clear up any confusion. Get help while you still can, because you don’t want to be confused while you’re taking the test!

Take care of your mind and body

You will not perform at your best if you don’t take care of your mind and body. Before the test, plan to get at least 8 hours of sleep, stay hydrated, and have a healthy breakfast. Be sure your mind is calm, too. When you walk into the test, try to leave your worries behind. Worrying won’t help you at this point, it’ll only hurt you and make you doubt yourself. Just trust that you studied well enough and try to do your best. If you’ve taken care of your body and mind, you can perform at your best.

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Follow these tips and you should be prepared for that test! Good luck!

How do you prepare for tests?


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