Some Tips on Taking Specific Types of Tests

There are two basic types of tests that students usually have to deal with in school: objective or short-form tests and essay tests. The objective tests can generally be subdivided into four categories—true/false; multiple choice; matching items; and completion or direct answer.

To begin with, here are a couple of general comments that apply to all objective tests: First of all, read the directions carefully. Second, look over the entire exam and de termine which items are easiest and which are hardest. Many students like to answer the easy questions as they go over the test during this preliminary stage. Then, they come back and spend more time on the harder items.

Here are some guidelines about how to tackle each of the test types.

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