Tips for Successful Test-Taking
Preparation is Key!!!
Register for your exam far enough in advance so that you afford yourself adequate time to prepare. Although each individual is different, generally 6-8 weeks will suffice.
Be sure to get all the books and study materials required for your exam, as well as any books recommended for a more thorough understanding of your trade.
Put the main ideas/information/formulas onto a crib sheet or flash cards that can be quickly reviewed many times, making it easier to retain the key concepts that will be on the test.
Study in a quiet place with limited distractions. If necessary, go to your local library.
During the Test.
Try to arrive at least 15 minutes before the test is scheduled to begin, and bring at least one piece of valid picture identification.
Bring only the books or materials you will be permitted to take with you into the exam room. Our "5 Steps to Obtaining Your License" section of each exam will advise what you are allowed to bring. If you are permitted to bring a calculator, make sure you have enough batteries.
Bring a watch to the test with you so that you can better pace yourself. When you first receive your test, do a quick survey of the entire test so that you know how to efficiently budget your time. Don't rush, read the entire question and look for keywords.
Read all instructions carefully.
Remember: the more questions you answer, the better your chances of achieving a passing score. In most cases there is no penalty for guessing, so you should answer every question.
Immediately alert your proctor of any problems involving your exam materials.
Always read the whole question carefully; don't make assumptions about what the question might be.
If you don't know an answer, skip it and continue on with the rest of the test; you can always come back to it later. It is possible that there might be information on another part of the test that will help you out with that question.
Don't worry if others finish before you; focus on the test in front of you.
When you are finished, look over your test if you have time, making sure that you have answered every question. Only change an answer if you misread or misinterpreted the question because the first answer that you put is usually the correct one. Watch out for careless mistakes and proofread your essay and/or short answer questions.