Tests come in all types, from multiple choice to short answer and essay. Standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT and statewide tests are required for graduation. When preparing for the tests, you should simulate the testing environment and take practice exams to get comfortable with the format and question style. This will help you gauge how well you will do on the exam.
Simulate the testing environment. Take the test in a quiet room where there are no distractions such as television, music or cell phones. Inform anyone in the house that you are taking a practice test and cannot be interrupted. Get all your materials together including pencils, scrap paper, calculator and anything else you are allowed to have on the testing day.
Go through the exam one question at a time without skipping any. Go through the test a second time and check that your answers are correct. Be sure not to exceed the time limit that you will be given when you take the actual exam.
Grade your test as if you were grading someone else's exam. Do not give yourself any breaks on answers that you answered incorrectly. Compare your results with the expectations you have for yourself.
Review your exam to determine what areas you need to study. Determine whether your incorrect answers were due to a common error, miscalculation or lack of knowledge. Modify your study habits accordingly.
Take another test again at another time to determine improvement and focus future studying.
Amanda Rumble has been writing for online publications since 2000, primarily in the fields of computing and technology. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Buffalo in information technology. Rumble also focuses on writing articles involving popular video games and Internet culture.