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How to Become a Great Test Taker

Posted by Sybil St. Hilaire on Fri, Feb 14, 2014

High School is full of quizzes, exams and tests, and we know you probably aren’t the biggest fan of them. So we asked one of our partners, Study in the USA, to share some general tips to help you be prepared for all the tests that are coming up this year, including your IB/AP exams, Regents, and even your finals. ArticleImage 092 en 1 (1) resized 600

Be Prepared! Take plenty of time to prepare for each test. Use available preparation materials to familiarize yourself with the test's structure and guidelines. Instructions on taking computer and paper-based tests are generally available for each exam.

Practice, practice, practice! Use available sample questions and exercises. Examples of authentic questions and previously used topics are often available as well as sample tests. Get in as much practice as you can before taking the actual exam.

Simulate the test situation. Find out as much as you can about the test environment, and practice in a similar setting. Allow yourself only the time allocated for the actual test, and work on moving through sections as quickly and effectively as possible, identifying and focusing on areas where you need improvement.

Research. Take advantage of all the resources available to you. The more you know about a test and how it is scored, the more efficiently you can approach it. The Web is an excellent resource, and most online information is free. Make the most of the advice and materials that can help you achieve success.

Follow directions. Read all instructions thoroughly and completely before beginning any test. Make sure you understand your objectives and how to achieve them. Don't worry if you don't know an answer - concentrate on the current question, and do the best you can, but don't spend too much time on any one item. Pace yourself so you have enough time to answer every question.

Be relaxed and confident. Get plenty of rest before any exam. Remember, the more rested and better prepared you are, the more comfortable and positive you'll be during the test.

Article by Study in the USA - Study in the USA is a world leader in connecting international students with US colleges and universities via Study in the USA magazines and http://studyusa.com.

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