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Readers Respond: What's Your Best Test-Taking Tip?

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From the article: Top 15 Test Tips

We've all been there - scared witless as we stare at the directions to a standardized test.

Some of you are better test-takers than others (not mentioning any names). If you're one of those people who doesn't freeze up when faced with a number 2 pencil and a bubble sheet, tell us your secret!

What's your best test-taking advice for those of us dreading the grid-ins?

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Snack!

Don't study on an empty stomach! It is a distraction, and will cost you.
—Guest Adele

The Dory Effect

When I test I start by going 1,2,3. If I get distracted I switch to the last 10 or 5 and do those and then go back to where I left off and continue. I keep in mind that all dots have to be filled. Seems kinda messed up but it works for me!
—Guest Norma

Constant Reviewing

I have discovered that in order to learn something, you must review it every day. It's even better if it's right before you sleep. Read a small section or fact aloud. Then cover it up and try to repeat at least the key points of it. This is helpful to memorize.
—Guest Chelsea

Gum!

Go by the store and buy yourself a pack of gum (your favorite flavor). Then when you sit down and are about to take the test, eat a piece of gum. It will really help you to calm down and feel like you are on a regular school day. But don't pop the gum or smack it; this may disturb other test takers. It will go smoothly, just relax and chew some gum :) GOOD LUCK!
—Guest Haley

Don't Wait; Read Before Bed

Not that I always did these - but cramming doesn't work. Studying over several days and really learning the material is better. I've heard that the stuff you read before you fall asleep will be absorbed and processed better - this has worked for me.
—Guest Jen

Plan

I love it, but I need more plans. Even if i plan to study, though, I find it difficult to do what I planned. I don't know why. I always plan to study when the test gets started.
—Guest maahu

DON'T BEABSENT ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS

The first day of the class is the most important of all school days because usually this is the time of getting to know each other, orientation, and task assigning. So don't miss it or else you'll gonna regret it.
—Guest Michael Terence Fudot

Breathe and yell at yourself

If you find your mind wandering during the test (I always do) then take a deep breath, and tell yourself (firmly and lovingly!) : You know this, you just have to look at the question, NOW FOCUS!
—asalsepassi

Reward yourself

After you are done with a chapter And you know it fully... REWARD YOURSELF with a tasty treat!
—Guest Sasha Fierced

know your stuff

Pay attention to your subject, get familiar with it, understand it, don't just read and regurgitate. If you get passionate about a subject, it's hard to forget it even under stress. Make sure you do as much knowing sessions you can before you are asked to take a test. Imagine yourself teaching the subject. Remind yourself it is not a UK driving test. You can do it.
—Guest visiting surfer

TEST TAKING TIPS

FIRST WHEN YOU ARE TAKING A TEST, YOU LOOK OVER THE TEST FIRST AND SEE WHAT YOU KNOW ON IT. THEN, FOCUS ON THE TEST AND THE TEST ONLY. DON'T WORRY ABOUT NOT FINISHING. YOU MIGHT HAVE TIME TO GO BACK IF YOU SKIP SOMETHING! BUT ME, I JUST DO THE ONES I KNOW FIRST.
—Guest CASSIE COLLINS

PLAN

PLAN TO STUDY AHEAD OF TIME. DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO CRAM IT ALL IN BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT DO WELL ON YOUR TEST
—Guest JAN S.

Test tips

Stay calm---4 breaths in 4 breaths out. At age 59 I was required to take the Praxis to keep my school nurse job. It had been so many years since I had studied this particular material. Studying your test tips really helped, but what helped the most was clear thinking. Best of luck-you can do it!
—Guest Linda

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