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Test Taking Checklist

Part 1: Print out a copy of this checklist and as a PREVIEW exercise, put a "P" at the appropriate spot on each line below. The spot you mark will indicate your satisfaction with your skill development in that area.

  1. To prepare for exams, I keep up my homework and review my note regularly...Very Satisfied Not Sure Very Dissa tisfied
  2. I attend 100% of my classes....Very Satisfied Not Sure Very Dissatisfied
    7-10 DAYS BEFORE TEST
  3. In reviewing notes and text, I look for main topics and key ideas....Very Satisfied Not Sure Very Dissatisfied.
  4. I arrange facts in some logical order (importance chronological, etc)...Very Satisfied Not Sure Very Dissatisfied
  5. The night before the exam I try to get a good night's sleep...Very Satisfied Not Sure Very Dissatisfied.
  6. I get unusually tense and nervous during an exam...Very Satisfied Not Sure Very Dissatisfied
  7. I read the directions and questions carefully before I begin the test...Very Satisfied Not Sure Very Dissatisfied.
  8. In essay tests, I start on the easiest questions first...Very Satisfied Not Sure Very Dissatisfied.
  9. I read every question all the way through...Very Satisfied Not Sure Very Dissatisfied.
  10. I let myself get upset over a question that I think is extremely difficult or unfair...Very Satisfied Not Sure Very Dissatisfied
  11. In essay exams, I read all questions before answering any...Very Satisfied Not Sure Very Dissatisfied.
  12. In essay exams, I jot down important ideas that come to mind as an outline in the margin...Very Satisfied Not Sure Very Dissatisfied.
    AFTER THE EXAM
  13. I attend class when the instructor reviews the exam...Very Satisfied Not Sure Very Dissatisfied


Part 2: Print out another copy of this checklist and complete this exercise again during the 6th or 7th week of the quarter as a review exercise. Mark the appropriate spot with an "R" indicating your satisfaction in that area

Developed by Supportive Services Program, UMD, updated June 13, 1995

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