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Testing Tips

Before Arrival

  1. Take some time to learn about the test you are about to take by going to Test Subject Areas or to The College Board and clicking on the appropriate test title.
  2. Arrive early so that you may find a parking place, locate Institutional Research and Testing in the Timme Center for Student Services, and get settled comfortably before testing begins. Allow some extra time in case you are delayed unexpectedly.
  3. Bring everything with you that you will need--personal picture identification and your cash, check or money order to cover the fee. (See Test Administration Policy for additional information.) Wear layers of clothing so that you can adjust to the temperature of the testing lab.
  4. Do not bring a calculator to the exam. If a calculator is required, it is built into the testing software.

During Testing

  1. Listen carefully to instructions given by the test administrator and read the on-screen instructions carefully.
  2. Keep an eye on the clock and the timing that is built into the testing software. Make sure that you are not working too slowly. You should have answered at least half of the questions in a section when half the time for that section has passed. If you have not reached this point, speed up your pace on the remaining questions.
  3. Read the entire question, including all of the answer choices, and then choose your answer. Sometimes one answer choice is partially correct but another option is better. Read all of the answer choices before you choose one.
  4. Read and consider every question.
  5. Do not spend too much time on any one question. Mark the question using the mark tool at the bottom of the screen and go back to review it later.
  6. Make educated guesses if you don't know the answer. It is to your benefit to guess if you do not know an answer. Your score will be based on "rights-only" scoring.