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STU 100 - East - College Study Skills: Test Taking & Test Anxiety

The Big Three of Test Preperation

Prepare - Learn what the test covers.  Study the stuff you do not know. Use strategies to reduce test anxiety while studying.

Organize - Create a clear and focused study plan that allows you to study over time and stick to the plan.

Practice - practice taking the exam.  If it is an essay exam, then write essays on the topics you think are on the exam. if it is multiple choice, then part of your study should include multiple choice questions.


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Tips on Overcoming Test Anxiety

Keep in mind that all of us experience some level of anxiety before and during exams.  A little anxiety helps us focus, but too much anxiety can affect one’s performance.

Things you can do to prepare for a test and reduce anxiety:

  • Be prepared by learning the material thoroughly.
    • Stay up-to-date on assignments.
    • Learn material and review as you go along, not at the last minute.
  • Never cram for a test. Prepare for the exam ahead of time.
  • Learn whether you study better with or without friends. 
  • Know when to stop studying.
  • Read for mastery rather than memory.  Just reading test material is not enough.
  • Work on the easiest portions of the test first.  Do not get bogged down nor worry about questions you don’t know.
  • Preview the test before you answer anything.
  • Take care of yourself: sleep, eat well, and exercise. 
  • Dress comfortably and in layers for tests.
  • Think good thoughts.  Positive and appreciative people do better on tests.
  • Read the directions carefully.
  • Ask the instructor to explain any test items or directions that are not clear.
  • Avoid arriving too early or late to the exam.
  • Avoid listening to others or discussing the exam with others, while you’re waiting for the exam. 
  • Tense and relax different muscle groups to help reduce body tension.
  • Do not rush through a test. Attempt to work at a comfortable pace.  Use all of the time allotted.
  • Reward yourself when you are finished with the exam. Do not dwell on your mistakes.

More Video's on Test Taking

These videos are from our Films on Demand streaming video database.

How to Take a Multiple-Choice Test

How to Take an Essay Test