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Test Prep

A guide to help you learn how to prepare for a variety of tests

Testing Center


 Testing Office: 580-477-7921

Fax: 580-477-7716

Director (Karla Moore): 580-477-7714


Below are some general tips for test taking to help you feel more calm and at ease :

1. Make sure you have studied properly. Test prep begins in the classroom. Take a lot of notes during class and re-write them to help make sense of the material. Create flash cards, study guides, anything that will help you be prepared and feel confident when test day rolls around.

2. Get enough sleep the night before and eat a good breakfast. Your memory recall is much better if you are rested, and you are less likely to be distracted by a growling stomach if you have had something to eat. Both of these tips aid in focus during the test and could mean the difference between passing and failing.

3. Listen closely to any instructions. Listen to the instructions the professor provides about the test and read the directions on the test fully before beginning.

4. Read the test through first. Once you have the test in front of you, read over the entire test, checking out how long it is and all the parts that you are expected to complete. This will allow you to estimate how much time you have for each section and ask the teacher any questions. IF somethign seems unclear before you start, don't panic: ask. 

5. Focus on addressing each question individually. As you take the test, if you don't know an answer, don't obsess over it. Instead, answer the best way you can or skip over the question and come back to it after you've answered other questions.

6. Relax! If you're so nervous that you blank out, you might need a mini-break. Of course you can't get up and move around in the middle of a test, but you can wiggle your fingers and toes, take four or five deep breaths, or picture yourself on a beach or some place calm. As we all know, it can be easy to forget things we know well- like a locker combination.The difference is we know we'll remember our locker combination because we've used it hundreds of times, so we don't panic and the combination number eventually comes back. During a test, if you blank out on something and start to get tense, it suddenly becomes much more difficult to remember.

7. Finished already? Although most teachers will let you hand a test in early, it's usually a good idea to spend any extra time checking over your work. You also can add details that you may not have thought you'd have time for. On the other hand, if you have 5 minutes until the bell rings and you're still writing, wind up whatever you're working on without panicking.