Friday, April 29, 2011

Better Test Prep Equals Better Results

By Tom Addison

If you plan on taking any sort of exam, or have to in the near future, one of the best ways to enhance the chances of doing well is test prep. Test preparation comes in a variety of forms, and is not limited to one type of thing or another. In fact, it all starts far before the actual exam begins.

The best way to prepare for something is to start doing so way in advance. This being said, it's often difficult for students to put things aside to create more study time. Often, when there is something fun to do, it's hard to choose studying boring subject matter instead. But, in the end, it's a necessary step to success.

Once you've enabled yourself to make the choice to sit down and study, it's vital that you develop habits that benefit your learning for the exam. Test prep doesn't necessarily mean sitting down and reading every page of every chapter. There are more efficient ways to do things, such as highlighting important facts, skimming, reading summaries, etc.

In the weeks leading up to the test that you plan to take, whether it be for school or something else, you should most certainly pick up on the hours that you put in. This is just to reinforce that which you've already learned. It must be stressed, however, that you cannot simply cram the night before a test and expect to do well.

One more thing that you can do for test preparation is take sample exams. These samples are usually designed by the institution or teacher giving the test. They're basically a shortened version that can really help with both the material that you'll be covering, as well as the format.

Test preparation is the major factor that contributes to your eventual score. It's the bottom line. If you choose to go in unprepared, you may get lucky and do okay, but you certainly won't do your best. Not only will you feel better going into the test having prepared, but you'll have a much better feeling afterwards.

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