There are several different types of exams, and the best person to talk to about what to expect is your professor. Talk to your prof early on about the exam, and plan to study in the way that you will be tested. Get prepared to do your best.

Read the Preparing for Exams Guideline (PDF) for a full list of general and specific tips to help you prepare for various types of exams: 

  • Problem-solving exams 
  • Short answer and essay exmas 
  • Multiple choice and objective exams 

 

 

Contents

Prepare for an Exam How to prepare for an exam to avoid stress and anxiety
Master Multiple Choice Test and Exams Handouts to guide your learning
Apps and tech Technology to support your learning needs
Helpful services Additional services and resources at U of T

Managing Exam Anxiety

Study Hacks - How to Prepare for an Exam at the University of Toronto 

YouTube Video Transcript: 

  1. Diagnosis: Determine what your prof's expectations are, what topics you have under control and what you need to review. Do this early so you can ask for help if necessary. Self testing can be a great way to guage what you know and don't know. 
  2. Consolidation: Different classes require different approaches. Set your priorities and plan activities that help you actively review the material. Making concept maps, flash cards and tables can work well for different courses. 
  3. Memorization: For detail-oriented courses, plan several short, frequent memorization sessions. Start early. Repetition is the key. 
  4. Self-testing: A few days before an exam, test yourself to check your progress. You might want to practice with a timer. 
  5. Schedule it: Prepare an exam schedule! 

Master Multiple Choice Test and Exams

Doing well on multiple choice tests and exams requires a solid understanding of the course content, as well as a positive attitude, strategic planning and critical thinking. 

Read through the guideline for Mastering Multiple Choice Tests and Exams (PDF), to learn how to study more effectively, and score higher grades on multiple choice tests and exams. 

Apps and assistive technology

We have used some of the apps and websites listed below, and others have come to our attention from students who have found them helpful.

Disclaimer: the University of Toronto does not officially endorse the apps and sites listed here, and  may not be held responsible for any technological problems that arise from their use. Please use at your own discretion.

Students with disabilities may receive academic accommodations including the support of assistive technologies. Please contact Accessibility Services for more information.

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