Basic Rules in Test-Taking

  1. Know the parts of a test question and how to read them.
  2. Read the question carefully before looking at the options; identify key words in the stem.
  3. Identify the theme of the item, and base it on information provided in the stem; do not assume information that is not given.
  4. Answer difficult questions by eliminating the obviously incorrect responses first; then select the best of the remaining options.
  5. Select responses that are therapeutic and eliminate responses that are inappropriate and punitive.
  6. Know the basic principles that guide the area of practice.
  7. 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 good reason or sound rationale.