5 Test-taking Tips


  • Become familiar with the test’s organization, format and time constraints.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to the testing center, find a seat and get settled. Don’t rush—that may increase anxiety during the exam.
  • Do not cram (spending a lot of time trying to master information at the last minute).
  • Take good care of yourself prior to the test by getting a good night’s rest and eating well. Have a protein-filled dinner the night before and a meal high in complex carbohydrates before the test. Caffeine and sugar-filled snacks before and during the test can increase anxiety.
  • Relax before the test. Because anxiety is easy to spread, consider avoiding your friends if you’re feeling tense—if you are not already anxious, you might become so.