Strategies For Student Success on Tests

Before the Test

  • Do your class work.
  • Get a clear understanding of homework assignments before leaving class.
  • Make a record of assignments received and completed.
  • Make a study schedule and follow it.
  • Tell your parents about schoolwork and homework.
  • Follow directions.
  • Return homework when it is due.
  • Get make-up assignments when returning from an absence.
  • See teachers for additional help.
  • Find out when tests will be given.
  • Find out the style of the test. Is it multiple choice, essay, etc.?
  • On the day of the testing eat a good breakfast.

During the Test

  • Read all directions carefully.
  • Ask the teacher for clarification of directions before the test begins.
  • Completely read each passage and accompanying questions.
  • Read all answer choices before selecting an answer.
  • Reread, when necessary, the parts of a passage needed for selecting the correct answer.
  • Eliminate answer choices that are clearly wrong.
  • Skip very difficult questions until all other questions have been answered.
  • Answer as many questions as possible.
  • When you have finished, go back and check your work.
  • Be sure to completely erase incorrect answers.
  • Keep a good attitude. Think positively!

After the Test

  • Ask the teacher what the test results mean.
  • Ask your teacher to suggest areas of study that will help you do even better on the next test.