Taking Tests and Exams


Good ways to cope with stress about an upcoming test or exam:

  • Be sure to consult your syllabus! Many professors will include testing format, what materials will be covered, etc.
  • If the syllabus doesn’t have the answers, ask questions such as:
    • Which topics, chapters, and other materials will be covered on the test?
    • What will the format be? Essay, short answer, multiple choice, etc.?
    • Will points be deducted for spelling or grammar mistakes?
    • How detailed will answers need to be?
  • Attend review sessions with the professor or form study groups with other students.
  • Begin to review your notes ahead of the night before the exam.
  • Avoid all-nighters! You will recall information better if you have a full night’s sleep.

How will I ever survive the test?

  • Focus on what you have control over. You can answer the questions to the best of your ability. Let go of what you can’t control — the grading process.
  • Think carefully about the possible answers. Don’t get so in depth you forget the easiest parts of the answer.
  • Spend more time on the questions worth more points. Try not to panic over a 5 point question and run out of time on a 25 point question.
  • Try to keep positive thoughts about your efforts! Being determined to work hard and do your best will help you to be successful.