As usual better prepared students are more successful at the exams but sometimes students that have better test taking skills show better results. That’s why you should know the main principles of taking exams just now.
These pieces of advice are very obvious but they are often ignored by the students.
1. Do not pay too much time to each question
Even if you are not sure in the answer you should not think too long, because you can:
◊ Lose too much time so you will not have enough time for performing the next tasks.
◊ Become nervous that will make you lose your concentration and that lead to bad results.
2. First answer all the questions you are sure you know
This will help you to feel more confident and relaxed. Only then you may proceed to more difficult questions. But remember not to waste time.
3. See what questions asked can help you answer those really difficult questions
Sometimes questions asked are answered in later questions asking for different things.
4. Don’t return to the questions you first answered and was sure to do right, don’t change them
Very often the first impulse is right and we should not think over those questions again. But there are exclusions. Anyway be very careful and keep calm.
5. Play the odds
If you don't know the answer, write something at random. You’ll have more chances to be correct then you do not answer at all.
6. Do not cheat
Taking a test is more for you then for your teacher. Especially, if you cheat you will be nervous and forget what have known before.
Effective Test Taking Strategies
Do not translate from your mother tongue
You know your mother tongue much better then English. Try to think in English and use the structures you know well. Avoid direct translation.
Don't block when listening
If you don't understand a spoken dialogue on a listening section of an exam, do not worry about it. Try to catch the main idea and understand at least separate words. Then you will be able to guess the missing information. An important information is often repeated several times. Some tests give you the opportunity to listen to one more time. You should not be nervous anyway.
Limit yourself to what you know
If you do not remember the word use the synonym, and when you do not remember some information tell anything else. Do not give the examiners any chance to notice you are not good at English. Show what you know.
Look for time signifiers when having to conjugate
Look for any words whether it is verb, adverb or something else. Being aware of tense you know when the event happens. You will be able to know how your answers should be built. Pay attention to grammar.
Throw out the ridiculous answers in a multiple choice question
Many tests often include one or two completely ridiculous choices. Try to find them and get rid of them. This will raise your chances.
Don't try to be too funny or clever
Some funny expressions may not sound in English as good as in your native language. Different people have different sense of humor. So try better to perform the tasks correctly. Then you’ll make a good impression