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20 Test-Taking Tips

  1. Carefully follow all the test registration procedures.           

  2. Know the test directions, duration, topics, question types, and number of questions.

  3. Set up a flexible study schedule at least 3-4 weeks before test day.

  4. Study during the time of day you are most alert, relaxed, and stress free. 

  5. Maximize your learning style; visual learners use visual study aids, auditory learners use auditory study aids.

  6. Focus on your weakest knowledge base.

  7. Find a study partner to review with and help clarify questions.

  8. Practice, practice, practice.

  9. Get a good night’s sleep; don’t try to cram the night before the test.

  10. Eat a well- balanced meal before the test.

  11. Know the exact physical location of the testing site; drive the route to the site prior to test day.

  12. Bring a set of ear plugs; the testing center could be noisy.

  13. Wear comfortable, loose fitting, layered clothing to the testing center; prepare for it to be either cold or hot during the test.

  14. Bring at least 2 current forms of ID to the testing center.

  15. Arrive to the test early; be prepared to wait and be patient.

  16. If you are unsure of an answer, eliminate the obviously wrong answer choices, then guess the first remaining choice.

  17. Pace yourself; don’t rush, but keep working and move on quickly if you get stuck.

  18. Maintain a positive attitude even if the test is going poorly.

  19. Keep your first answer unless you are positive it is wrong.

  20. Check your work carefully for avoidable mistakes.