Tips for anticipating test content

Don’t you just wish you had a crystal ball?
The first thing to do to prepare for a test is to gather as much information as possible about the test itself. Doing so helps you know what you need to study, how much time you have to prepare, what types of questions you can anticipate, and more.

The following is a list of tips you want to consider:
Tip 01: Pay particular attention to any study guides That the instructor hands out in class before the exam, or even at the beginning of the course! For example: key points, particular chapters or parts of chapters, handouts, etc.

Tip 02: Ask the instructor what to anticipate on the test if he/she does not volunteer the information.

Tip 03: Pay particular attention just prior to the exam to points the instructor brings up during class lectures.

Tip 04: Generate a list of possible questions you would ask if you were making the exam, then see if you can answer the questions.

Tip 05: Review previous tests graded by the instructor.

Tip 06: Confer with other students to predict what will be on the test.

Tip 07: Pay particular attention to clues that indicate an instructor might test for a particular idea, as when an instructor:
• Says something more than once.

• Writes material on the board.

• Pauses to review notes.

• Asks questions of the class.

• Says, "This will be on the test!"

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