Suggestions for Preparing for and Taking Math Tests
- Keep a list of things to remember - problems stressed by the instructor, definitions, terms, diagrams and graphs, formulas.
Keep up with the work - some courses can be passed by cramming, but math isn’t one of them. Skills in math, as in sports, must be practiced.
- Study copies of old exams, chapter tests from the book, or make up your own. Then practice them with the same limits as the real exam.
Get a good night’s sleep before the test so that you are rested and alert; a quick review before the test should be a summary only.
Arrive at the test early so that you can be relaxed when the exam begins.
- Quickly look over the test and budget your time - don’t spend too much time on any single problem or section of the test.
Do some work on each problem - try to work at least part of each problem because partial credit is better than none.
- Check your answers and look for careless mistakes during the last few minutes of your test time (budget this important time).