Test Taking Tips

Letís face it. Scoring well on tests and quizzes requires that you study and learn well before you take them. There is no sure way to score well on a test without learning the material in advance. In addition, excelling on tests including those on the Kidtest.com website requires not only learning the material tested, but also learning about the test itself. This means being sure you what the test will be like. For example, no one likes being surprised by finding unfamiliar material on a test. In addition, getting ready also means finding out as much as you can about what kind of test it is. Is it timed? Is it multiple-choice? How long is it? Should you guess if you donít know the answer? How will the test be graded?

Below are some basic tips for taking tests. These tips are not meant to help you cheat on tests in any way. Instead, they are meant to help you receive the score you accurately deserve.


  1. Take practice tests like those on the Kidtest.com website.

    Try to find tests that are like the one you are getting ready for. Use a timer or have someone time you if that will make the practice test more like the one you are going to take for a real score.

    Keep a record of your score on each test. Look again at the subjects on which you scored poorly. Decide whether you missed questions because you donít know about the subject, because the test itself was not clear, or both.

  2. Try to prepare early.

    Waiting until just before a test to study is a mistake. Teachers and others who know about taking tests say it is usually very difficult to remember all that is necessary when you prepare at the last minute. Plan ahead of time how you are going to prepare. Set a time schedule for yourself to complete all of the things you need to do.

  3. Control stress.

    Many events in life including important tests can create stress. Sometime being a little nervous can help you to stay alert and even do better. However, stress can also hurt your performance.

    One of the best ways to control your stress is to prepare in advance. This can help you focus, and it can reduce the chance that youíll be surprised by material you do not know. With knowledge about the subject matter on the test as well as the format, you may even look forward to taking it

  4. On the days before the test and especially on the day of the test try not to change what you normally do.

    Again, keeping the test in your mind on test day is the key here so other things that distract you can hurt your performance.

General Hints

  1. Arrive on time or - better yet - early. Rushing to get to an exam can make one tense. Remember that on some tests, being late may keep you from taking the test.

  2. Bring more than one No. 2 pencil or, if appropriate, more than one pen. If you are taking a test on a computer, bring a pencil and paper to help you figure out the correct answers.

  3. Listen to instructions carefully. If anything is unclear, ask for help immediately. Be sure to read instructions when taking a computer test such as those found on Kidtest.com. Ask for help if you donít understand something.

  4. When you receive the test and are told to begin, look it over. Read the directions very carefully. Make sure there are no errors on the material you receive. Make sure there is nothing left out. Look to see whether any questions are worth more points than others. If so, you might want to spend more of your time on them.

  5. Write down memory cues you find helpful when you first receive the test. First impressions can reveal valuable clues you might use to answer the questions.

  6. Be aware of the time remaining. Donít rely only on the teacher or others to manage your time.

  7. Many tests count each question equally. If this is the case, do the easy questions first. Skip the harder questions until after you have answered the easier ones.

  8. Many tests allow you to guess without it counting against you. So, if you don't know the answer, then guess. If you can rule out one or more of the answers provided for a question, you have a better chance that youíll be able guess the correct one.

  9. Focus. Wear layered clothing so you won't be too hot or too cold. Be sure to breathe deeply.

  10. If you have time, go back over your answers. Check your work and carefully make changes only if necessary. Remember, when you guess, your first guess will often be the correct one.

  11. Make sure you are present when the teacher reviews the test with the class so you can learn from your mistakes.

Multiple Choice tests

  1. If you know the material, answer the question in your mind and then choose the answer closest to that on the exam.
  2. If you can't choose the correct answer, then guess unless guessing can reduce your score.
  3. If you are not sure of the correct answer, try to rule out at least one answer. If you can do that, you will improve your chance of answering the question correctly.
  4. Answers such as "all of the above" or "none of the above" can be tricky. Make sure to carefully re-read all answers.

Fill in the blank tests

  1. Decide what kind of an answer the statement needs. Is it a date, person, or place?
  2. Make sure your selection that completes the statement makes sense both logically and grammatically.
  3. Look for key words in the statements.

In summary

Overall, there is no tip that can take the place of good, old-fashioned study over the course of time. However, students who have knowledge of subjects covered by tests can still do poorly when they are not prepared and when they do not have test-taking skills. Practicing in advance and paying attention to the strategies and tips listed above can help you maximize your performance. Good luck!