Exam Preparation

Did you know that if you study for a test in small chunks, you'll be more likely to remember the information? If you cram in one night, you're more likely to forget most of it. ​

Preparing for Tests/Exams

  • Plan for short study sessions and spread them out over time.
  • Set up a way to test what you have learned at the end of each study session, such as writing your own quizzes.
  • Make notes from your class notes.
  • Review past homework questions, test questions and review questions.
  • Review key terms.
  • Prepare study sheets by summarizing key concepts of unit/course.
  • Have someone test you.


Reducing Stress Before Tests/Exams

  • Get a good night's rest.
  • Eat a well balanced meal.
  • Arrive to test/exam at least 15 minutes early.
  • Avoid continuing to study right before a test/exam.
  • Stay away from others right before the test.
  • Make sure to have the equipment/materials you need.
  • Stay positive.


During Test/Exam

  • Read over the whole test before answering any questions
  • Make sure your copy has no missing or duplicate pages.
  • Read the initial instructions carefully.
  • Read each question carefully. Identify keywords and specific instructions.
  • Answer the easier questions first. This will help you to focus on the test with confidence and tackle the harder questions next.
  • Plan your time and pace yourself.
  • Allocate time to review your answers.


Strategies for Multiple Choice Tests

  • Read questions carefully.
  • Record your thinking, decide on your answer and then select your response
  • If you don't know the answer, see if you can eliminate any of the options provided before attempting to answer.


Strategies for Short-Answer and Essay Tests

  • Read questions carefully.
  • Note the value of each question to help you establish how much time to spend on each one.
  • Organize your thoughts with a brief outline, mind-map or diagram before beginning to write.
  • Use keywords in the question to determine specifically what you're being asked to do (e.g. explain, discuss, justify).
  • Use specific examples from the course material to support your answers.