Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.

Preparing for a test is a difficult task, regardless if you are at ease taking a test, or consider yourself as someone who struggles with test anxiety. I have created a three-point approach to test-taking that has enabled me to stay organized and achieve my desired scores. Using the three-point approach, you will review through methods such as memorization, writing, and also with the use of flash cards. The first step is to create an outline using the information provided by the teacher. Most teachers have a methodology as to how they test; so if you know how your teacher will phrase or format the question, use that to your advantage. Information such as this should all be included in your outline to keep things organized and structured as you go through your test preparations. Next, you’ll want to read all of the information you have on the subject matter. Re-read areas that are new to you or may seem confusing, and if it’s a mathematics test or a test with equations, work those out during this reading session as well. If there is a lot of content, take breaks in between each segment and follow the order on your outline. When you’ve read all of the information, write out summary paragraphs for each section and see what is missed. This will be a good indicator if you’re ready to move on to the next step or continue reading and summarizing. The final approach has to do with creating flash cards of key elements, definitions, or other pertinent information to assist with memorization of the content. Flash cards can be constructed as fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, or simply a statement to remember. Once you have gone through each stack of cards that is respective to its segment on the outline, you will clearly see what sections you need to review furthermore in preparation for the test. Using the three-point approach, I have confidence I will be ready for any test.

Chasey from South Carolina
High School Senior
Socastee High School