Some Common Objective Test-Taking Strategies Set up a mental schedule for progressing through a timed test. For example, make a mental note to check whether you're one-third finished when a third of your time is gone. Don't waste time pondering difficult questions. With DSST and CLEP exams, there is no deduction for a wrong answer, so make your best guess, or come back to it later if you have time. Don't "read into" questions. Often simple-looking questions are just what they appear to be. Don't make the question much more complex than it is intended to be. As you read the stem of each multiple-choice question, try to anticipate the answer before looking at the options. If your answer is among the choices, it is likely to be correct. Always read the question carefully and completely. There may be a better option down the list. Learn how to quickly eliminate options that are implausible. Discard these answers fast. Understand that information relevant to one question is sometimes given away in another test question. In contrast, options that carefully qualify statements tend to be correct. Note words like not, but, except. You might try rephrasing the questions. Think vocabulary. Study specific terms, facts, names and key words; become proficient in the language of the subject matter. Flashcards may help. If you need extra time or other accommodations due to any disability, please notify the testing center BEFORE registering for the exam. Tips on Dealing with Test-Taking Anxiety Try to get into a "fighting" attitude and "attack" the questions. Start with the easy questions to build confidence. It is also often recommended that students do not talk with other test takers because anxiety can be contagious. Catch your breath before starting the exam. Remember that test-taking skills are acquired gradually and test-taking gets easier with practice. Be patient with yourself. GOOD LUCK!