Test Taking Hints
Before the test:
1. Study well in advance of the test.
2. Get a good night's sleep, eat normally, bring pencils, etc. and a sweater or jacket.
3. Allow extra time for travel and arrive early.
4. Think positively that you are going to do well because you're as prepared as you can be.
During the test:
1. Listen to and follow all of the directions given by the examiner.
2. Read all the directions carefully and follow them exactly.
3. Estimate the amount of time to answer each question. When a minute or two remains fill in all blanks if there's no penalty for guessing.
4. Do the easiest questions first, go back to difficult items later.
5. Read the question and all the answers and eliminate all the wrong answers that you can. Read carefully. Be sure you know what is being asked. Beware of words like "often, sometimes, never, always, all of the above and none of the above."
6. As you eliminate choices you know are wrong, look for clues in the remaining choices, i.e., agreement between question and answer in logic, number, person and gender.
7. Work quickly and carefully, be certain you're recording your answers in the correct manner and place.
8. Check your answers if you have time but don't be too quick to change your answers. Your first response is frequently correct. Think about your previous experience in changing answers and use that as your guide.
9. Give yourself credit for what you did know. Learn what you can from the test experience. Few tests are life threatening and most can be taken again.
10. Remember that every test is only one limited sample of your knowledge in that area. It is not absolute. It says nothing about your worth and value as a human being and it is of limited value in estimating your intelligence.