Taking Tests Handouts

Stages to successful test taking 

Test preparation starts not the night before the test when you’re pulling out your book — not even the week before the test when you start creating outlines and note cards. At your first encounter with new material, your preliminary activities will shape your exam preparation.

Five-day study plan 

Reduce those long nights and late-night caffeine highs with this five-day study plan. Spreading out your review over a few days won’t only help your health — you’ll actually remember more and feel more prepared.

Test anxiety 

Have trouble keeping your cool when it comes to exams? This guide will help you learn to stay calm and focused during your exams.

Active study strategies 

Explore strategies to help you increase the amount you remember and help you better understand new information.

Test preparation links

Follow these links for resources on test preparation. Each of these sites offers learning resources appropriate for college-level learners. Please note that neither SPU nor the Center for Learning is responsible for content on the following pages.

Test anxiety links

Follow these links for resources on test anxiety. Each of these sites offers learning resources appropriate for college-level learners. Please note that neither SPU nor the Center for Learning is responsible for content on the following pages.

Objective test links (i.e., multiple-choice, true/false, and short-answer)

Follow these links for resources on objective tests. Each of these sites offers learning resources appropriate for college-level learners. Please note that neither SPU nor the Center for Learning is responsible for content on the following pages.

Essay Test Links

Follow these links for resources on essay tests. Each of these sites offers learning resources appropriate for college-level learners. Please note that neither SPU nor the Center for Learning is responsible for content on the following pages.

Study tables with tutors

Group study

Trained peer tutors will host rooms where you can ask questions, do homework, or study for exams. You don’t need to make an appointment. Drop in as often as you want.

This service is free.

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”
Leonardo da Vinci
(1492–1519)
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