Tips for Dealing with Test Anxiety

Test AnxietyMany people suffer from test anxiety, and it can give the impression that they didn’t care enough to prepare for the exam. That isn’t the case at all, but understanding the symptoms of such anxiety can help you to reduce them. If you feel like you just can’t get motivated to study, it could a type of avoidance. Be disciplined and spend time studying to properly prepare for the exam.Don’t wait until the night before the test! Continue reading “Tips for Dealing with Test Anxiety” »

How to Answer Multiple Choice

multiple_choice2You may feel like you have it all figured out when it comes to multiple choice questions. Yet these tips can really make a difference for you. By finding out how many questions it consists of, you can allocate your time wisely. You will know just how much time you can spend on each of them. If there is no time limit, then you can feel free to go at your own pace. Continue reading “How to Answer Multiple Choice” »

Mental Preparation for a Test

Mental Preparation for a testDon’t let negative thoughts set you up to fail when it comes to test taking. Forget what has occurred in the past, let go of your fears, and reach for the stars! Being mentally prepared for a test isn’t difficult but it does take planning, discipline, and a commitment. If you suffer from anxiety or you are feeling let down with past test experiences, they don’t have to be ongoing into the future. Instead, you can use your abilities to change your behaviors and thought process. Continue reading “Mental Preparation for a Test” »

Four Unforgettable Memorization Tips

memorizationHere’s something to remember: Studying and memorization are so inextricably linked that if you don’t have good memory skills, your studying will suffer dramatically. After all, how do you plan on scoring well on a test if you can’t remember the basic facts that are being tested? Many content exams (the Nursing Certification or Teacher Certification exams, for instance) require large amounts of memorization. The good news: there are many proven tips that will help improve your memory and therefore, your test scores, as well. Here are a few of the most important. Continue reading “Four Unforgettable Memorization Tips” »

Making Study Goals

Making STudy GoalsStudying is a very important part of doing well in school. Yet many people fail to properly plan for it. They are in a rush to learn all of the information at the last minute, and then they don’t do well on the test. Not being well prepared can also increase test anxiety. Making study goals is a big part of being successful. It helps to break down the overall learning process into manageable parts. Continue reading “Making Study Goals” »

In the Test Room

In the TEst RoomThe test room can be an unknown factor that makes it tough for you to feel good about an upcoming test. Take steps that will help you to be able to keep it all in perspective so you can remain focused. If the test is going to take place in the room where you have class, then you already know the layout. If not, take some time to find the location and to make sure you can get there in plenty of time on test day.

If the test room is new to you, try to get there early on the day of the test so that you can pick the seat that works for you. If you are one of the last people to arrive, you will have to take what is left over. Identify what could distract you such as being in the front of the room, being by a window, or even sitting in an end seat because people will walk by there when they are done taking their test. By arriving early, you can use breathing techniques and you can use relaxation for your muscles to avoid tension

Always have what you will need ready to go when you get to the test room. If you can bring in a calculator or other tool, have it on your desk. Have extra writing instruments so that you don’t have to get up and sharpen a pencil during the test session. Wear a watch so you can make sure you are using your time wisely. Don’t spend too much time on hard questions you are struggling with. Move on to what you can get right, and return to those other items if you have left over time. Continue reading “In the Test Room” »

Flash Cards

flashcardsBeing properly prepared for a test is very important. There are a variety of study methods that can be incorporated as part of that learning process. One that many students get results with is the use of flash cards. They are easy to make, you can take them with you, and you can use them to study alone or with a partner. With a partner, you can take turns showing the flash cards and letting the other person know if they got the answer right or not.

You can make them out of index cards or square pieces of paper. Write a question on one side and the answer on the other side. If you plan to use flashcards for several classes, get different colors of index cards. You can also use a color code to help you identify different types of information. For example, one color for the terms and definitions for a class.


In order for flash cards to work well for your study needs, pay attention to what the instructor shares with you. Many of them will identify important details and information you need to know for the test. Highlight such information in your notes. As you read through your textbook and other materials, you also need to highlight pertinent information.

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Tips for Computer Based Exams

Paper might not quite be a relic of the past, but more and more tests are being given via computer technology, instead of the old standby of paper-and-pencils.  And for a good reason:  Computer tests are more efficient, and faster to take and grade.  A number of financial related exams are computer based –  the Certified Internal Auditor Exam (CIA), Certified Treasury Professional (CTP)Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC), Certified Payroll Exam, and the Life Health Insurance Certification.    If you’re soon to test, there are two main kinds of computer exams you might encounter. First is the computer-based exam (or CBE).  This one mirrors a paper test to an extent. That’s because everyone gets the same questions, in the same order.  Also, just as on a paper test, you can do the questions in any order you want, on a CBE, you can jump back and forth between questions. Continue reading “Tips for Computer Based Exams” »