Demonstrate Your Knowledge

The time has come. You have to take the test. Do you panic now? No! You're calm, cool, collected. You simply follow the next steps in your preparation:

​The Day Before the Test

Double-check the logistics:

  • What is the date and time of the exam?
  • Where is the exam? Is it in your regular classroom or in a larger testing location?
  • How much time will you be given to take the exam?
  • Can you bring a calculator or formula sheet?
  • Will it be open book/notes?

The Night Before the Test

  • Study a reasonable amount.
  • Review lists of formulas, equations, or other things you already know. It's too late now to learn new material.
  • Assemble everything that you will need for the exam—pens, pencils, books and calculators if allowed, a bottle for water.
  • Get a good night's sleep.

The Day of the Test

  • Have breakfast, even if it is only a bite on the run, and avoid caffeine. You're probably jittery enough as it is.
  • Go to the testing room early with the materials you will need.
  • Don't let the nervousness of classmates infect you. Try to spread some calm.

Taking the Exam

  • Listen to the instructor or proctor for any last minute details.
  • Write your name on the exam.
  • Read the instructions carefully.
  • Skim through the exam once to get a sense of how much time to spend on each question or problem.
  • Begin with the easier questions. Answer them as quickly as possible without sacrificing accuracy.
  • Do not spend a long time on questions worth only a little. Be succinct and move along.
  • Always show your work and never erase. Partial credit is your friend!
  • Keep track of the time and check your work.

See Different Types of Tests for additional advice.