Test-taking Preparation Quick Tips
- Don’t procrastinate
- It is best to review and study small sections or course content over several days as opposed to cramming.
- Review the 5-day Study Plan
- Follow faculty instructions and guidance related to synthesizing and understanding course content.
- Don’t try to memorize ALL content. Rote memorization does not facilitate long-term comprehension.
- Instead of memorization, think about content from a conceptual or logical perspective.
- Textbook readings, PowerPoint slides, seminars, lectures and other course activities are key success indicators to understanding course content.
- Join or organize a study/review group or team.
Testing Quick Tips
- Read ALL of the test question before proceeding to test options.
- Identify key words in the test question stem.
- Based on the information provided in the question stem, identify the test item’s theme or subject area.
- Themes may be built upon the nursing process.
- Do not assume information that is not given.
- Answer difficult questions by eliminating the obviously incorrect responses first; then select the best of the remaining options.
- Know the basic principles that guide the area of practice.
- To look for patterns in your performance and flaws in your thinking, analyze your test-taking behaviors by reviewing the test and establish strategies to correct your identified problems.
- A computer review when available, gives you immediate feedback indicating your weak content areas and once the test has been closed, you may review missed test items with their indicated rationales.
- The course instructor upon request may be willing to review test that do not provide computer reviews.
- Manage your time effectively during test-taking.
- Do not change answers without sound, logical rationale.
Common Testing Errors
- Misread the question.
- Read into or over analyzed the question.
- Skipped limiting words (clues) in the stem or answer.
- Assessed the question stem incorrectly.
- Drew wrong conclusion(s).
- Changed answers without a logical rationale.
- Never studied/did not know the testing content.
- Did not answer all questions.
- Did not develop a plan to optimally use the exam time period.
- Increased test anxiety.