When your test is in essay form, read all of the questions quickly, then answer the one with the highest point value first. Next, do the question about which you know the most. Work from an outline for all questions. Look for key words: “list,” “discuss,” “fact” and “opinion,” “compare” and “contrast,” “describe”.
Look for specific determinants in objective test questions. “Always,” “never,” and “all” are usually false. “Usually” and “sometimes” are typically true.
For multiple choice questions, there are generally four possible answers listed. Work from negative to positive; that is: First choice isn’t right; third choice isn’t right; therefore, correct answer must be second or fourth choice.
Narrow your decision to one correct answer. Read the statement given plus one answer at a time, covering all positive choices. This helps eliminate confusion and errors.
When the test involves matching items, decide whether extras are given. Ask yourself whether any answers can be used more than once.