skip navigation### Doing Well On A Math Test

## Doing Well On A Math Test

Being successful in taking a math test is not just a matter of studying. There are many factors that that affect a person's ability to do well on a math test.

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- First, prepare for the test properly. Look at Preparing for a Math Test for helpful hints.
- In order to minimize mistakes on a test, look at six types of test-taking errors to avoid and how to prevent them.
- Bring all necessary materials to the test:
- At least 2 sharp pencils.
- Good eraser.
- Scientific calculator, if allowed.
- Ruler (or straight edge) and compass, if needed.
- Turn off cell phones during the exam.

- Look over the test for length and difficulty of problems.
- Determine the average time to devote to each problem.
- Manage time during the test
- Limit the time spent on each problem.
- Know how much time is left until the end of the test.

- Work on the easiest problems first.

- Do a "data dump:" Write down all formulas and important ideas when you first get the test, while your memory is fresh and so you can refer to them during the test.
- Read all directions carefully. Follow the directions.
- Show all steps of your work on the test. You can get often get partial credit for solving part of a problem correctly.
- Check your work!
- Are your answers accurate?
- Did you complete the problem?
- Did you answer all the questions?

- Do not leave the test room early! Use the extra time to check your work again if you finish early.
- Relax. If you feel anxious or frustrated during the test:
- Stop working, put down your pencil, close your eyes.
- Take slow, deep breaths.
- Think positively and remove all negative thoughts.
- Open your eyes and get back to work.