Ace Your Math Test
Scoring well on a Math test is not merely a matter of studying. There are many factors that affect your ability to do well.
- First, prepare for the test properly.
- 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 two 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 exam to determine its length and the difficulty of the Math test problems.
- Determine the average amount of time to devote to each problem.
- Manage your 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.