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Mastering Tests: Different Types of Tests

Tests are structured in several distinct ways. Each type requires a different strategy, so here are some tips on how to approach several common test types:

Multiple Choice/Objective Tests


Math and Science Problems

Short Answer


Open Book Exams

Open book exams are sometimes given when a student needs to refer to charts or other materials in the text. You must prepare for an open book exam as thoroughly as you would for a closed book exam. You won't have time to reread and look for formulas during the test. Number and index your textbook so that the parts to which you may need to refer are easy to find.