Test Take Strategies
- Approach the test confidently, take it calmly.
- Remember to review in the weeks before the test.
- Don’t “cram.” Be careful of your diet and sleep…especially as the test draws near.
- Arrive on time…and ready.
- Choose a good seat. Get comfortable and relax.
- Bring the complete kit of “tools” you’ll need.
- Listen carefully to all directions.
- Apportion your time intelligently with an “exam budget.”
- Read all directions carefully. Twice if necessary. Pay particular attention to the scoring plan.
- Look over the whole test before answering any questions.
- Start right in, if possible. Stay with it. Use every second effectively.
- Do the easy questions first; postpone harder questions until later.
- All CST program questions are currently weighted the same.
- Determine the pattern of the test questions. If it is hard-easy, etc., answer accordingly.
- Read each question carefully. Make sure you understand each one before you answer. Re-read, if necessary.
- Think! Avoid hurried answers, guess intelligently.
- Watch your watch and “exam budget,” but do a little balancing of the time you devote to each question.
- Get all the help you can from “cue” words.
- Rephrase difficult questions for yourself.
- Choose the “best” of all the possible answers
- Refresh yourself with a few well-chosen rest pauses during the test.
- Use controlled association to see the relation of one question to another and with as many important ideas as you can develop.
- Answer all questions.
- Now that you’re a “cool” test-taker, stay calm and confident throughout the test. Don’t let anything throw you.
- Edit, check, proofread your answers. Be a “bitter ender,” stay working until they make you go.
Remember this is an open book exam. Bring at least the following:
Surveying and Mapping text book(s)
Safety and first aid book (Red Cross)
A loose-leaf binder with sample equations and your review notes