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Special Suggestions for Problem Tests

  1. Write down hard-to-remember formulas, equations, and rules before you actually begin working on the test problems.
  2. If you are unable to work a problem, go on to the next one and come back to it later if time permits.
  3. Even if you know that your answer is wrong, turn in your work, because you may get part credit for using the right process.
  4. Show all the steps in your work and clearly identify or label your answer so that it can be quickly found.
  5. Whenever possible, recheck all answers in a different way from that employed when you did the work. For example, add down a column of figures when rechecking if you added up the column when you first solved the problem.
  6. Take time to write legibly and make your corrections, if any, as neat as possible. Most instructors react subjectively to the appearance of papers to be graded, so let neatness work for you rather than against you.
  7. Leave ample space between your answers. You may need it for new ideas or additional details when you return later to re-read what you have written.
  8. If you encounter a question that you think you can't answer, leave it to be answered last, but don't leave it unanswered. You may get partial credit for even a poor answer, especially if everyone else also had trouble answering this same question.

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