What is the best way to take a test? That depends on many variables, but one thing is clear: the calmer and more prepared you are the better you will do. When it comes to tests, confidence and knowledge are your allies, and fear is your greatest enemy. If you are frantic in the days before tests, you are not preparing yourself well. Taking a test well and mastering your subjects is nothing short of a lifestyle


The biggest mistake students make in taking tests is procrastination. Students who score high in tests (and later turn what they learned in courses into real life skills) think about subjects before courses even begin. They don’t scramble to keep up with new concepts in class because they already have a basic understanding of the topic. When it comes to test time, they use their general knowledge to make educated guesses through deductive reasoning.


Of course, good habits do not come from nowhere. They are cultivated, either through natural curiosity or self-discipline. People who are naturally curious about the world are lucky. They never get bored and they are adaptable. People with a passion for a particular occupation are also admirable of course. However, they will undoubtedly end up taking courses they don’t really like in order to achieve their goals. Success in test taking is not as easy for them. However, with a bit of forethought and daily practice anyone can grow to excel in and even come to love subjects that they thought would bore them to tears.   


There is saying in English, “The devil is in the details.”

There is also a counter-saying, “God is in the details.”



Think of it this way: it’s easier to understand a tree by first looking at it from far away before getting up close to exam its branches, leaves, and bark. Not having prepared yourself for an exam all through the school term is like jumping into jungle and being able to explain every branch. It is like living in Plato’s Cave. Or literally being unable to see the forest (subject) for the trees (details). Sure, you can memorize a lot in the few days before a test, but you won’t learn much. On the other hand, scholars and the genteel will find great rewards in life, no matter what their ultimate occupation is.


Notable idioms in this post:

-be bored to tears
-the devil is in the details
-God is in the details
-Plato’s Cave
-can’t see the forest for the trees