Preparation for a test begins with reading the assignments, doing the homework, and going to and actively listening to the lectures. Once a test has been announced, preparation may include the following activities:
Before the Test:
- Review systematically over time.
- Reduce the information to study; focus on unknown information.
- Survey the material you need to know for the exam.
- Find out if the test questions will cover notes, books, etc.
- Link new information to old.
- Make study sheets - include definitions, theories, and formulas.
- Find out the form of the exam.
- Predict exam questions.
- Rehearse material via flash cards, outlines, and mapping strategies.
- Recite the information out loud.
- Create memory and mnemonic devices.
- Seek academic resources (professors/tutors/classmates).
Contact Counseling Center for extreme anxiety.
During the Test:
- Get a good night's sleep before the test.
- Have ample supplies - at least 2 pens or pencils, scrap paper.
- Avoid classmates who might heighten anxiety.
- Read the entire test before starting.
- Budget the allotted time.
- Do not rush through the exam.
- Read each question and answer choices carefully.
- Circle key words which focus attention.
- Dump information on the margin or the back of the test.
Be test wise.
After the Test:
- Talk to the professor about errors.
- Attend Supplemental Instruction sessions and Learning Center tutoring.
- Discuss concerns with academic advisor.
The Learning Center
North Quad (NQ), Room 350
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
Hours: Academic Year: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Summer: Monday-Thursday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.