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Exam Tips for Learners


  • Bring at least two pens/pencils with good erasers, a calculator with enough batteries and any other resources that your instructor allows you to.

  •  Bring a watch to the test with you so that you can better pace yourself.

  • Keep a positive attitude throughout the whole test and try to stay relaxed. If you start to feel nervous take a few deep breaths to relax.

  • Keep your eyes on your own paper, you don't want to appear to be cheating and cause unnecessary trouble for yourself.

  • When you first receive your test, do a quick survey of the entire test so that you know how to efficiently budget your time.

  • Do the easiest problems first. Don't stay on a problem that you are stuck on especially when time is a factor.

  • Do the problems that have the greatest point values first.

  • Don't rush but pace yourself. Read the entire question and look for keywords.

  • Ask the instructor for clarification if you don't understand what they are asking for on the test.

  • Write legibly. If the educator can't read what you wrote, they'll most likely mark it wrong.

  • Always read the whole question carefully. Don't make assumptions about what the question might be.

  • If you don't know an answer, skip it. Go on with the rest of the test and come back to it later. Other parts of the test may have some information that will help you out with that question.

  • Don't worry if others finish before you. Focus on the test in front of you.

  • If you have time left when you are finished, look over your test. Make sure that you have answered all the questions, only change an answer if you misread or misinterpreted the question because the first answer that you put is usually the correct one. Watch out for careless mistakes and proofread your essay and/or short answer questions.

  • Double check to make sure that you put your first and last name on the test.

Exam Tips for Parents


  • The following tips will provide suggestions for parents on how to approach test taking with their kids.

  • Make sure that your child does all his or her homework and reading assignments, this will ensure that your child is prepared for the test or exam.

  • Encourage your child to space out their studying and homework assignments so that they won't be forced to cram on the night before the test. Help your child draw up a study timetable and stick to it.

  • If you are anxious about your child's test it's ok, but try to keep cool around your child, you don't want them to get anxious about their tests too.

  • Encourage your child to do well but don't pressure him/her. You may stress him/her out.

  • It is important for your child to stay relaxed on the test.

  • Keep a positive attitude about tests.

  • Provide a quiet, well lighted area with little distractions to help your child study efficiently. Keep the household quiet.

  • Mark down test days on your calendar so you and your child are both aware of testing dates.

  • Make sure that your child gets enough sleep on the night before the test.

  • Ensure that your child eats a healthy breakfast and avoid heavy foods that may make him/her groggy and avoid high sugar foods that may make him/her hyper.

  • Make sure that your child gets up early enough so that he/she will be on time to school.

  • Let your child relax for a few hours before bedtime, it can be stressful for a child to study all night.

  • Talking about the test with your child can relieve stress about test taking.

  • If your child is struggling on their tests, talk to them about it and meet with their teacher to find out the best way to help your child.

  • Praise/reward your child when they do well on a test or for their hard work preparing for a test.

  • Encourage them to do better if they don't do well.

  • Review the test with your child after they have taken it and go over any mistakes they have made and make sure that they understand what they did wrong and how they can improve for the next test.

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