Standardized Testing Made Easy

As a student, it can sometimes feel like you’re stuck in a never ending cycle of tests. Want to get into college? You have to take the SAT or ACT. Want to go to nursing school? You have to take the TEAS. How about law school? The LSATs are waiting! The list goes on and on. If you’re looking to continue your studies in any way, shape or form, chances are there’s a test out there waiting for you. While standardized tests may not be the most exciting thing in the world, receiving a passing grade on one could have a huge positive impact your future, so it’s important to do well on these exams

As great as it would be, unfortunately these exams don’t take themselves. There’s a lot more that goes into taking these exams than meets the eye. Here’s are some questions you should ask yourself to make standardized test strategy easy.

Test Strategy

  • What do you know about the exam? With so many standardized tests out there, it’s important to do your research and know what the test you’re taking is, what kind of questions it asks and what format it is in.
  • When is the exam? The date of the exam will determine how much time you have to prepare. Many of these exams offer several dates the exam can be taken on, make sure to choose a date that gives you enough time to properly prepare!
  • Do you know anyone that has previously taken the exam? If you know anyone that has already taken the exam, it’s time to start asking them some questions. They can give you advice on aspects of the exam such as test taking strategies and how to study.
  • What’s the best way to prepare? While everyone has different methods they prefer, one of the best ways to prepare for an exam is by taking an exam preparation course. A test prep course is taught by professionals and provides you with tips, tricks and practice questions to help you succeed.
  • What are your test taking strengths/weaknesses? Maybe you’re a strong writer, but struggle with multiple choice. Or maybe you’re good at analyzing texts but struggle with time management. It’s important to figure out your test taking strengths and weaknesses so you can work to overcome your weaknesses while preparing for an exam.

After asking yourself these questions, you’re ready to start planning. Creating a testing strategy can help you work to achieve the score you need.

If you’re interested in taking a test prep course, check out the Test Prep Review Programs offered through the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Central Florida. This program offers test prep courses for tests such as the GMAT, GRE, SAT, GED, LSAT, MCAT, PCAT, DAT, OAT, TEAS, and the FTCE exams.

Published on 4/16/2019


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