When teaching high school students about how to take college exams here's a
suggestion: Talk to a professor friend of yours or contact a professor at a
nearby college. Ask them if you can use one of their tests. Try to get a test in
something your students may be familiar with like U.S. History. Hand out a copy
of the test to each of the students in the class. Just taking a look at the type
of questions on your average college test will make them sit up and listen to
what you have to say.
suggestions you can give on college test taking apply to taking a high school
test as well. While your average high school test, short of midterms and finals,
is not very hard some of the same things apply.
The night before the test is still not the time to begin preparing for your
test. The best policy is to read over your notes the afternoon before your test
and to get a good nights sleep the night before the test. If you are preparing
for a midterm or final you should probably begin reviewing over a week ahead of
the test. Split up the notes from the semester into manageable chunks and
begin reading through them. If something you said didn't make sense look it up
in the textbook to review. If your textbook has chapter summaries, read
If you've been paying attention all semester, reviewing your notes will be a
simple matter of reviewing what you already know, not learning something new. If
you've been goofing off, you'd be better served to take the course again and try
and learn something this time round than to try and cram an entire semester's
worth of work into your head.
While your taking the test, remember that guessing is ok. If
you have no idea what the correct answer is for a question, go ahead and guess.
This is particularly true if the test is multiple-choice, you may not know why
you think answer 3 is correct but it may be that subconsciously your brain knows
the right answer and just isn't letting you know that.
When you've finished your test, you back through and re-read any of the
questions that you thought were impossible, your brain may decide to cooperate
this time. And remember, sometimes a question is answered by another question
within the test itself. Look for these hidden answers.
Remember to keep a positive mental attitude while you are testing., You'll be
alive whether you get a C in Biology or not.