3To do well on a test, you must have good knowledge of the information that is being tested. But you must also have a strategy for taking the test that allows you to show what you know.The DETER strategy can help you do your best on any test.Each letter in DETER reminds you of what to do.
4D = Directions Read the test directions very carefully. Ask your teacher to explainanything about the test directionsyou do not understand.Only by following the directions canyou achieve a good score on the test.If you do not follow the directions,you will not be able to demonstratewhat you know.
5E = Examine Examine the entire test to see how much you have to do. Only by knowing the entiretask can you break it down intoparts that become manageablefor you.
6T = Time Once you have examined the entire test, decide how much time you willspend on each item.If there are different points foritems, plan to spend the most timeon the items that count for the mostpoints.Planning your time is especiallyimportant for essay tests where youmust avoid spending so much timeon one item that you have little timeleft for other test items.T = Time
7E = Easiest The second E in DETER reminds you to answer the items you findeasiest first.If you get stuck on a difficultitem that comes up early in thetest, you may not get toanswer items that test things youknow.
8R = Review If you have planned your time correctly, you will have time to review your answers and make them as complete and accurate as possible.Also make sure to review the test directions to be certain you have answered all items required.
9DETERUsing the DETER strategy will help you do better on tests and get better grades.
11Test-Taking Anxiety Worry or fear caused by having to take a test. Test anxiety may cause mental distractions, physical symptoms, and mental blocks.
12Who is affected by test anxiety? Very few students have true test anxiety where the feeling is so intense that it affects their performance in serious ways.Some students view tests as threats, especially if they have failed often and are afraid they will fail again.Someone who has true test anxiety may do poorly on an exam even if he or she knows the material better than a classmate who is not affected by anxiety.
13What causes test anxiety? Pressure to perform well.Past test experience that were not positive.Fear of failure.
14What can a student do to control his/her anxiety? Don’t think about the fear; think about what you have to do to complete your work.Learn to relax.Think positive.Have a healthy diet and exercise regularly.Get an appropriate amount of sleep for you.