#### General Test Taking Tips

- Relax
- Meditate
- Take deep breaths
- Drink water (not caffeinated drinks)
- Go to the bathroom
- Eat food so you are not hungry

- Don’t overthink it – your first instinct is more likely to be right
- Don’t rush
- Read the whole test before beginning to write?
- Read each question twice before answering it?
- Ask the teacher for help/hints
- Keep working – skip questions where you are stuck
- Use scrap paper
- Can do the test a second time on scrap paper to double-check your answers

- Look over your answers
- Estimate what the answer should be
- Read the question followed by your answer – does it make sense?
- Is your answer reasonable?

#### Calculators

- Only use it if you cannot do the math in your head
- Estimate the answer before you calculate
- Get your own calculator that you know how to use well
- Use a calculator that stores the question, so you can double-check for typos

**Multiple Choice Questions**

- If you don’t know, guess
- Rule out obviously wrong answers
- Avoid patterns in the answers?

- Work backwards – plug possible answers into the question to see which one works

#### Short Answer Questions and Problems

- Show your work
- Read the question slowly for comprehension
- Techniques
- Draw a figure or table to demonstrate the problem
- List all values in a table
- Draw a tree diagram of values

- Guess and test
- Brute force

- Draw a figure or table to demonstrate the problem
- Figure out how to write the question as a math equation
- Write the answer as a sentence