As promised, here is part 3.

  1. Finishing early doesn’t mean you can relax, as you should have already taken breaks while answering.
  2. Remember to eat before the exam so you are not hungry throughout the test.
  3. Don’t cram if you don’t know the answer.
  4. Cramming rarely works. It might for some, but for the rest of us, hard work works.
  5. Preparation for your first test should begin on the first day of class – pay attention in class, take notes and instill good study habits.
  6. Budget your time, make sure you have sufficient time to study so that you are well prepared for the test.
  7. Go to review sessions, pay attention to hints that the instructor may give about the test. Take notes and ask questions about items you may be confused about.
  8. Go over any material from practice tests, reviewer problems, books and notes prior.
  9. Eat before a test. Having food in your stomach will give you energy and help you focus but avoid heavy foods which can make you groggy.
  10. Put the main ideas/information/formulas onto a sheet that can be quickly reviewed easily to retain key concepts.
  11. Go to the bathroom before walking into the exam room. You don’t want to waste anytime worrying about this as much as you can during the test.
  12. Bring at least two pens/pencils with good erasers, a calculator with enough batteries and any other resources that your instructor allows you to.
  13. Bring a watch to the test so that you can better pace yourself.
  14. Keep a positive attitude throughout the whole test and try to stay relaxed. If you start to feel nervous take a few deep breaths to relax.
  15. Keep your eyes on your own paper, you don’t want to appear to be cheating!
  16. Think about trying the problems that have the greatest point values first.
  17. Pace yourself, don’t rush. Read the entire question and pay attention to the details.
  18. Write legibly. If the grader can’t read what you wrote, they’ll most likely mark it wrong.
  19. Always read the whole question carefully. Don’t make assumptions about what the question might be.
  20. If you don’t know an answer, skip it. Go on with the rest of the test and come back to it later. Other parts of the test may have some information that will help you out with that question.