Come Back to Questions that you Aren’t Sure About

Inevitably, there will be at least one question on a test that you aren’t 100% sure about. If this is the case and you encounter a question that you can’t seem to answer, the worst thing that you can do is to spend 20 or 30 minutes trying to come up with an answer. This is because spending too much time on a single question will reduce the time that you have available to spend on questions that you can answer, will probably cause you to panic, and will likely lower your grade overall.

The best thing to do when you encounter problematic questions is to simply move on and come back to the question later if you have time left over at the end. In fact, you may want to circle the question or mark it in some other way. This will allow you to find the question again quickly, and move on to the other questions.

Bypassing questions that you aren’t sure about is a smart test-taking strategy for a couple of reasons. First, as you answer other questions, you will gain confidence and begin to feel more relaxed. In some cases, this will be enough to allow you to recall the information needed to answer the problematic questions. Another reason why this is a good strategy is that the same concepts are often addressed in more than one test question. Completing other questions may give you the information that you need to answer the ones that were giving you trouble.

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