They might not know it, but many of your students are already using good test-taking strategies. So take a few minutes to brainstorm good strategies as a class, and then add a few of your own helpful tips to the list. Once you’ve got a pretty good list, discuss which strategies students will use as they’re taking tests. By the time testing week arrives, your students will have a whole arsenal of good test-taking strategies to help them do their best.

Here are a few test-taking strategies to help you get started:

  • Read all directions carefully.
  • Read the question and all answer choices before marking your answer.
  • If you’re not sure of an answer, eliminate any answers you know are wrong. Then, make your best guess.
  • Don’t spend too much time on difficult questions—do your best, then move on.
  • Come back to questions you haven’t answered at the end of the test.
  • Before reading a long passage, read the questions you’ll be answering about the passage so you know what to look for as you read.
  • If you finish early, use the last few minutes of test time to check your answers, correct mistakes, and check to make sure you have answered all the questions.