Last-Minute Tips

Check this list to determine if you are ready to take your test.

  • Do you know the testing requirements for your teaching field?
  • Have you followed the test registration procedures?
  • Have you reviewed the identification document requirements?
  • Do you know the test framework that will be covered in each of the tests you plan to take?
  • Have you used the study plan sheet (PDF) to identify what content you already know well and what content you will need to focus on in your studying?
  • Have you reviewed any textbooks, class notes and course readings that relate to the frameworks covered?
  • Do you know how long the test will take and the number of questions it contains? Have you considered how you will pace your work?
  • Are you familiar with the test directions and the types of questions for your test?
  • Are you familiar with the recommended test-taking strategies and tips?
  • Have you practiced by working through the sample test questions in the preparation manual at a pace similar to that of an actual test?
  • If constructed-response questions are part of your test, do you understand the scoring criteria for these questions?
  • If you are repeating a test, have you analyzed your previous score report to determine areas where additional study and test preparation could be useful?

The Day of the Test

Your review should end a day or two before the actual test date. Many clichés you may have heard about the day of the test are true. You should:

  • Be well rested.
  • Take the appropriate identification document(s) with you to the test center.
  • Check the Registration Bulletin to see if there is anything else you need to bring with you to the test center for the test you are taking (e.g., calculator, pencils).
  • Eat before you take the test.
  • Be prepared to stand in line to check in or to wait while other test takers are being checked in.
  • Stay calm. You can’t control the testing situation, but you can control yourself. Test administrators are well trained and make every effort to provide uniform testing conditions, but don’t let it bother you if a test doesn’t start exactly on time. You will have the necessary amount of time once it does start. Using the Reducing Test Anxiety booklet (PDF) in the days before you test may be helpful in mentally and emotionally preparing yourself to test.

You can think of preparing for this test as training for an athletic event. Once you have trained, prepared and rested, give it everything you’ve got. Good luck!

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