Test Taking Tips and Sample Test
Preparing for a Multiple Choice Test
- Get a good night’s sleep before the test and eat before arriving for the test.
Feeling rested and eating a balanced diet will g a long way in relieving pre-test jitters.
- Allow plenty of time to travel to the testing location. If you are not sure of the location try to drive there the day before to familiarize yourself with the area. Plan to traffic, accidents, etc. Once the test begins, the doors will be closed and you will not be allowed to enter. It is important for you to arrive on time. No make-up sessions will be offered.
- Multiple choice test items are designed to have only one answer. If more than one answer seems correct, choose the choice that you believe is the best.
- Read all directions carefully.
- Read each question completely before answering it.
- Questions left blank will be marked as incorrect. It is in your best interest to answer all of the questions. It is better to guess than to leave a question blank. Your score will be based on the number of correct answers.
- There is a set time limit for most tests. You do not need to complete the questions in order. Before beginning the test, look it over and see what order would be best for you to work in. Would it be better to begin with the section you find the most difficult or to begin with the easiest? For some people, answering the easy questions first is a time saver and a confidence builder.
- Check your scantron answer sheet occasionally to make sure the answer you are on corresponds to the question you are on. We ask that you do not write on the test booklets, and no responses marked on the test booklets will be scored.
- Occasionally check the clock. Typically, all questions are scored the same regardless of difficulty; do not spend too much time on any one question.
- If you get stuck on a question, don’t get worried and frustrated. Re-read the question to make sure you understand it, and answer it to the best of your ability.
- Plan your time so that you may complete the test within the time allowed. You will be told how long you have to complete the test before you begin, and will also be instructed when to start and stop.
- Interpret words according to their generally accepted meaning.
- Remember that the process of elimination can help you choose the correct answer on a multiple-choice test. Start by ruling out answers that cannot be correct or are obviously wrong. Then spend your time focusing on the possible correct choices and choose from those.
- When you are finished and have extra time, don’t stop and turn in your test. Go back and make sure you have answered every question and review your answers to make sure you didn’t make any careless mistakes, such as putting the right answer in the wrong place.
- Stay relaxed and confident!
We understand how stressful performance exams can be, so we have provided you with a summary of tips to increase your test-taking skills. Although we are not able to provide you with a copy of the exact test used, we feel that this generalized document addresses tips to help with all areas of testing. Feel free to browse the document on this website. The reproduction and sharing of this information are strongly prohibited.