How to Take Exams

How to Take Exams

Keys to Any Exam

  • Read and understand the question first.
  • Know the weighting of exam questions, and put more energy into questions with more weight.
  • Beware of time:
    1. Focus on questions weighted heaviest
    2. Before test begins break the test down into time segments that correspond with weighting
  • If there are pertinent facts or formulas that you are afraid you will forget, then write them down (i.e., do a "brain dump").
  • Find out if you will be penalized for guessing:
    1. If you will not be penalized for guessing:, NEVER LEAVE ANY QUESTION BLANK.
    2. If you will be penalized for guessing:, then you need to decide your "calculated level of risk." For example, on a multiple choice question with 4 possible options, it would probably be worth guessing if you can narrow down your options to 2 -- i.e., you have a 50-50 chance of guessing correctly.