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Placement Tests: Day of the Test

Tips & tricks to prepare for placement testing at Garrett College

Strategies & Techniques

  • Get enough sleep the night before the exam.
  • Eat moderately before exam - do not over eat.
  • Do not drink the night before the exam.
  • Avoid drinking caffeinated beverages that will lead you to go to the bathroom more.
  • Stay hydrated - drink enough water.
  • Make sure you are wearing appropriate attire to be comfortable in whatever room temperature.
  • Remember to breathe deeply - relax!
  • Bring all necessary materials to test - be prepared.
  • Practice deep breathing exercises to handle your anxiety.
  • Use positive visualization techniques.
  • Make sure you arrive early on your testing day.
  • Don't talk in the testing room before test - you will psych yourself out by talking to people who are more/less prepared than you.
  • Practice and review material day before test.
  • Make sure you focus and read directions carefully.
  • Really read each question so you know exactly what is being asked of you.
  • Make sure you budget your time appropriately for the test.
  • Focus on yourself and don't look around at what others are doing.

Test Taking Tips