In their book, The Adult Student’s Guide to Survival & Success, Al Siebert and Mary Karr advise:
Imagine that you are the instructor and have to write some questions that will test the class on the material covered. When you do this for each course you will be amazed at how close your test will match the one your instructor creates.
Siebert and Karr suggest that as you read your textbooks and lecture notes, jot down questions that occur to you. You’ll be creating your own practice test as you study. When you’re ready, take the test without checking your notes or books. Make the practice as real as possible, including giving partial answers when you aren’t sure and limiting the time allowed.
Practice test suggestions from The Adult Student’s Guide:
- Ask at the beginning of the course when tests will be given and in what format
- Write your practice tests in the format your teacher will use (essay, multiple choice, etc.)
- Ask the librarian if there is a collection of old exams you can study
- Find out if there is a student manual that accompanies your textbook
- Ask former students about the kind of tests your teacher gives
- Ask your teacher for suggestions for test prep
- Ask a friend, family member, or fellow student to quiz you
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