Flash Cards – The Complete Guide

Flash CardsTest Preparation with Flash Cards

Flash cards tend to universally evoke memories of grade school.   The idea of using them as an adult doesn’t even cross the minds of many. Even to consider using them, can give a sense of immaturity.  The reality is that they are used with children for a reason: They work.  In fact, they work just as well for older children and adults as they do for the kindergarten.    That’s because they are a very effective test preparation tool. Continue reading “Flash Cards – The Complete Guide” »

Common Mistakes Made on a Test


We all know that tests are not much fun and when we take a test and make a stupid mistake we can be really upset – especially when it is something that could have been easily avoided. So what are some of the common mistakes that are made on tests that we should try to avoid whenever possible? Continue reading “Common Mistakes Made on a Test” »

How to Answer Essay Questions – The Ultimate Guide

How to Answer Essay Questions – The Ultimate Guide

“I hate essays!” This battle cry is famous to most students. That’s because essay questions are either easy or difficult. Either way, there’s no certain formula. Even if you think you know the answer – don’t be overconfident – the critical part is how you make your essay worth reading. So how do you do it? Here are some tips: Continue reading “How to Answer Essay Questions – The Ultimate Guide” »

In the Test Room – The Complete Guide

Get In The Mood

Keep a check on your emotional status. If your emotions are shaky before a test it will effect your preparation. A shaky emotional state can determine how well you do on the test. Use these six ways to give yourself a boost into a good mood for taking a test.
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How to Study for Aptitude Tests

There are several varieties of aptitude tests, from college or university entrance tests, Nursing Entrance Tests,  to employment tests used to screen job applicants. Unlike an achievement test, an aptitude test does not measure what you have learned so much as it measures your ability to learn and adapt. An aptitude test is designed to give an idea of your future performance in a given area, whether that area is school- or job-related.  See our post on the Different Between Aptitude and Achievement tests.
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How to take Computer Based and Computer Adaptive Exams

Computer testTest Strategies:  Computer Based and Computer Adaptive Exams

What are computer based tests?

How are CBT Different from Paper Exams

What are Computer Adaptive Tests

How Computer Adaptive Tests Work

Computer Adaptive Test Strategy


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How to Prepare Mentally for a Test

mental test preparationTest Tactics: Mental Preparation

Because tests tend to have a high degree of importance in how well you score in a class, it is understandable that taking tests can create a great deal of anxiety for many students. Even students who know they have learned all of the required material for the test find their minds going blank as they stare at the test. One of the easiest ways to overcome that anxiety is to prepare mentally for the test. Continue reading “How to Prepare Mentally for a Test” »

How to Study for Content Driven Exams

Content driven exams are exams that focus on material that has been covered in a class or a program. Unlike aptitude exams, content driven exams are not measuring what you can learn, but what you have learned. These exams are often called achievement exams because the measure what you have achieved, not what you can achieve. Fortunately, studying for content driven exams is much easier than studying for an aptitude exam.  More on the difference between Aptitude and Achievement Exams.

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How to Answer Reading Comprehension

Reading Skills are a perennial topic for standardized tests.   Nursing Entrance Test generally have a reading comprehension component as do most College Entrance Exams.  Some tests, like the Nelson Denny, is primarily reading comprehension.  Before entering University or Nursing School, the institution wants to make sure that you will be able to handle reading technical material and textbooks.   Most High School Tests have reading comprehension components as this is a critical skill required for graduation.

Reading comprehension is on most English as a Second Language tests, including the TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, CELPIP and CAEL

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