Chapter 9: Test Taking Lecture1 Taking tests in college can be a nerve-wracking experience, even when you have a good grasp on the material and have studied well. Today we’ll go over any test-taking questions you may have and strategies to help you perform at your best. Chapter 9 focuses on test taking—not just what to do during a test but also what to do right before a test. Tests can be nerve-racking, especially for first-year students, since tests in college are often longer and cover more material than in high school. In addition, tests generally count for a larger portion of grades, making them even more important and more anxiety-producing. The chapter offers students manystrategies to reduce and manage test anxiety before and during a test.Before the testOne of the most important things to do before a test is to study. Start studying a least a few days, if not a full week, before the test. Studying in advance will help you understand the material more fully and reduce anxiety. Cramming doesn’t work – it provides only a surface level understanding, not a deep grasp of the material.The night before the test, get a good night’s sleep. For most people, this is between sixto eight hours. Lack of sleep makes it harder for your brain to function. To make sure you get enough sleep, decide when you’d like to go to bed and add that time to your study plan.On the morning of the test, be careful not to cram too much – this will only increase your stress. Give yourself enough time to get ready, and be sure to dress in something comfortable. If you’re anxious, practice deep breathing or listen to music to calm yourself. Also make sure you eat something healthy and energizing before the test, that will keep you focused. No one wants to be distracted during a test by the sound oftheir stomach rumbling!