THE TAO OF TEST-TAKING
• Get the feel of it: Relax and mess around.
The more fun you have the higher your score – guaranteed.
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• Do easiest questions first.
Rack up easy points: Build confidence.
Don’t make the test tough.
Use your own natural intelligence. Make common-sense guesses.
• Use the way the test is put together to find answer clues and patterns:
Grammatical tip-offs, longest or shortest answers, and so on.
• Watch out for absolute, definite answers; they are commonly false.
• Answer all questions — even if instructed otherwise. Your score will be higher.
• When all else fails, choose the third answer.
• Tests are academic crossword puzzles.
Look for clues in other questions and even in multiple-choice answers.
• Ask for clarification of ambiguous or flawed questions.
If necessary, explain your answer in the margin.
• Think like your opponent. Psych out the test maker.
• Don’t sweat questions you can afford to miss.
Mess around. Mess around. Mess around.