Tips for Success at NBAMS

Tests and quiz scores are often a large part of a student's grade. It is important to prepare in advance for tests and quizzes. Very few students have the ability to perform well on tests without preparing in advance. Try a few of these ideas before taking your next test:

1. Read your chapter, study notes and worksheets for a few minutes each night. Don't wait until the night before the test to start studying.
2. Turn your chapter headings in to questions. Answer the question. If you can't answer the question, go back and read that section again.
3. Pretend you are the teacher. Make up 10 question quizzes from your notes or the book. Take your quiz.
4. Make flash cards using terms. Ask a friend or family member to quiz you.
5. Using a recording device, slowly read your vocabulary or spelling words to make a recording. Playback the recording to study. Just think, you can be studying while doing the dishes!
6. Read the chapter summary, captions under pictures, study the diagrams,charts, and graphs.
7. Answer the questions at the end of the chapter. It's not against the law to do work your teacher didn't assign!
8. When studying for a test, try reading your notes or text out loud.
9. Recopy all your notes.
10. Get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast before you take a test

Test Taking Tips
On test day:
1. Be well rested.
2. Eat a good breakfast.
3. Review materials as time permits.

During the test:
1. Take 2 minutes after you receive your test to jot down in the margins any information you studied that you are afraid you might forget.
2. Sit in a comfortable position.
3. Take slow, deep breaths.
4. To reduce test stress, tighten your muscles, hold, then relax your muscles. Repeat as needed to get rid of extra adrenaline.
5. Read the directions on the test. Underline key words in the directions.
6. Scan the entire test. Make a mental note of areas that might require more time.
7. Flag questions you want to return to later with a light pencil mark.
8. Return to questions that troubled you.
9. Use the process of elimination to make educated guesses.
10. Mark answers neatly and clearly.