Test Taking – Read The Test

May 18, 2010 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment

Test Taking Advice For Math Students

When you sit down to take an exam, the first thing you should do is read the test. This will give you an idea of how many problems are on the test, how many word problems there are, and how much time you can devote to each problem.

It is a good idea to establish a schedule, for example, “I need to be done with 12 problems within the first thirty minutes.” By establishing a schedule, you will know whether you need to speed up during the second half of the test, or whether you have plenty of time.

Some problems are assigned different point values, and you can make note of this while you read through the exam. It is important not to have to rush through the problems that are worth more because you didn’t notice their point values until the end of the test.

As you read through the test, you can make a mental note about which problems will be easier for you and which will be more difficult for you. I will discuss this further in next week’s blog, but it is often recommended that you begin with the problems that are easier for you, rather than just doing the problems in order. By reading through the test, you will know where those problems are.


By taking a quick moment to read through the test before you begin working, you can save yourself a lot of grief. You will know how many problems there are, how quickly you need to work, which problems are worth more, and where the easier problems are.

In next Tuesday’s blog I will continue my focus on test taking.

If you have any questions about test taking, or if you have any strategies that you would like to share, I’d like to encourage you to share by leaving a comment, or reaching me through the contact page at my web site – georgewoodbury.com.


I am a math instructor at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA. Each Tuesday I post an article related to Math Study Skills on my blog. If there’s a particular study skill you’d like me to address, or if you have a question or a comment, please let me know. You can reach me through the contact page on my website – http://georgewoodbury.com.


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