Some students experience test-taking anxiety although their content knowledge is strong. The purpose of the items listed below is to decrease anxiety by providing strategies both before the test and during the test.
Before the Test: Preparation
1. Develop your own time table
- Schedule time to register for test
- Schedule time to secure and practice review materials
- Schedule time for tutoring sessions
- Schedule test soon after your extensive review and/or tutoring
2. Know what to expect on the Praxis Core Math Assessment
- Be familiar with the math content
- Be familiar with the types of quesitons on the assessment
- Spend time reviewing critical content without the use of a calculator.
- Since the Praxis Assessments are timed, time yourself when completing practice and review test questions.
- If you still unsure of some content material, seek assistance from Dr. Yesbeck, other faculty members, and/or peers.
Day of the Test / During the Test
- Although all-night review sessions appear to be a rite of passage with college students, it’s unwise not to get sufficient sleep the night before the test.
- Be sure to eat before taking the test. Food provides energy and helps you focus; however, avoid large meals that will make you sleepy.
- Arrive at least 15 minutes early for the test to familiarize yourself with your environment.
- Come prepared for the test with your Identification, Test-Taking Admission Slip, pencils, scratch paper, and other necessary materials.
- Sometimes students become anxious about a test while waiting for the testing session to begin. This is a time to use self-talk, by mentally reminding yourself of encouraging words/thoughts of your success.
- Sometimes students feel as if they will forget important information stored in their brain. Once the test begins, an effective strategy, feel free to write down important information on scratch paper.
- When you begin the test, be sure you read the directions carefully. Often missed questions are simply due to not following the directions.
- Read each question carefully, ensuring that you are answering what is being asked. The incorrect answers to multiple choice questions have been created to look as if they may be correct – these are called distractors. Feel confident in your answer, and make your choice. If you are second guessing your first answer, complete the question again to ensure that you came up with the same answer twice.
- When you run across a question that appears totally unfamiliar, skip the question and proceed forward. You don’t want to spend precious time laboring over a question that is unfamiliar. However, be sure to come back to the question at the end of the time period to complete.
- In multiple choice questions, some answers can immediately be eliminated as possible correct answers. Eliminate them quickly, and then if you are still undecided about two choices, make an educated guess based on context clues.
- In mathematics, it is easy to make careless errors, most especially with usage of numbers. Double-check your answers, and again, be sure your choice answers the original question asked.
- If you have remaining time at the end of the test session, be sure to use this time wisely to review your answer choices. Some errors are caught the second time around!