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Preparing for Tests

Preparing for exams involves purposeful effort and an awareness of the specific kind of exam you will face.  In addition to good note-taking, you must also consider how you will be tested. Follow the tips on this page for an overview of making long-term exam preparation plans.  

Prepare for exams continuously throughout the semester.

The most effective strategy for preparing for exams is by actively reviewing new material throughout the semester.

Final preparation for the exam.

You should assess your study environment and objectives, organize information, anticipate questions, test yourself using previous exams and/or notes to prepare for your next exam.

Taking the exam.

Consider these healthful practices as well as the types of exams you will be taking.

Overcoming test anxiety.

Anxiety is a normal response to any performance-related activity. You can take steps to help alleviate your difficulties by preparing, analyzing what needs to be done, and learning to relax.