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Tip #1: Bring everything you'll need to class with you. There's nothing worse than being unprepared and spending your time searching for a pen or pencil.

Tip #2: Listen to and read directions carefully. Make sure that no last minute changes have been announced. Many questions are missed because of lack of attention to directions. Make sure to look for words like "never" and "always."

Tip #3: Once you get your test, take a minute to budget your time. Spend more time on questions that are worth more points. Do not spend too much time on any one question before you've gone all the way through the test.

Tip #4: Some people find it easier to go through the test quickly answering the easy questions first.

Tip #5: Mark up your test. Place stars next to questions you are unsure of. Cross out answers you know are not correct. Write notes to yourself to help jog your memory.

Tip #6: If you are not penalized for guessing, then guess on all the questions you are unsure of. Choose a system for guessing. For example, always answer B for guesses unless you know for sure that B is incorrect.

Tip #7:Think long and hard before changing answers. Often your first instinct is correct. Only change them if you know you are wrong. Take your time as you go through the test until you are out of time.

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