* Preparation for your first test should begin on the first day of class; this includes paying attention during class, taking good notes, studying, completing homework assignments and reviewing study materials on a regular basis. * Budget your time, make sure you have sufficient time to study so that you are well prepared for the test. * Go to review sessions, pay attention to hints that the instructor may give about the test. Take notes and ask questions about items you may be confused about. * Ask the instructor to specify the areas that will be emphasized on the test. * Make sure you go to the class right before the test; it's another prime time for the instructor to give out more hints or the format of the test. * Go over any material from practice tests, HW's, sample problems, review material, the textbook, class notes... * Eat before a test. Having food in your stomach will give you energy and help you focus but avoid heavy foods which can make you groggy. * Don't try to pull an all nighter. Get at least 3 hours of sleep before the test (normally 8 hours of sleep a night is recommended but if you are short on time, get at least 3 hours so that you'll be well rested enough to focus during the test). * Put the main ideas/information/formulas onto a sheet that can be quickly reviewed many times, this makes it easier to retain the key concepts that will be on the test. * Try to show up at least 5 minutes before the test will start. * Set your alarm and have a backup alarm set as well.
* Go to the bathroom before walking into the exam room. You don't want to waste anytime worrying about your bodily needs during the test.