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

Once you have a solid concept of the subject matter and material that will be presented on your test, it's time to activate the best basic test taking strategies that have proven effective for you. If you do not know what strategies help you best, these are the ones that work best for me.
The first step to being successful on a test is preperation; there is no substitute for it. If you have not studied throughout the semester, have not reviewed prior to test day, do not know the test material, then all the test taking strategies in the world will not do you much justice. Preparation is key. As soon as you begin the test, write down information that you will likely need to know for the test and you fear you may forget. For example, formulas, equations, dates, and lists may be used to jog your memory. This memory dump will improve your performance and will help you make more confident answer choices. Test questions and directions often contain valuable information. Always read all directions carefully to ensure you understand what is being asked. Frequently, the questions may ask to choose the answer that does not fit, or it may require more than one answer. Even if you are confident in your answers, go back and re-read the problem and double check the answer to be sure.
In addition, take a moment to estimate how must time you'll have for each section of the test and each question. Allow enough time for more difficult sections or sections that are weighted more heavily in the final test grade. Pace yourself and complete the questions you know first then come back and tackle the problems you're not sure about after. This strategy will save you a significant amount of time to complete harder questions. Even if you're running out of time, try your absolute best to answer all the questions fully; it is better to guess than to leave answers blank.  You may get partial credit depending on your teacher. Lastly, stay positive and do not worry too much.

Deijah from Virginia
High School Senior
Osbourn Park High School