Reviewing Your Math Test

After you get your text returned to you from your instructor, use the test as a learning experience. 

  • Know what questions you missed and why you missed them. The reason you missed the question is often as important in taking your next test as the answer. 
  • Review the six types of test-taklng errors and determine which kind of errors you made. Work on preventing these types of errors in the future. 
  • Study your instructor's comments, if any, so you will know what to expect on the next exam. 
  • Determine what types of questions are on the test: where did you see these questions before? In the textbook examples? Homework problems? Lectures? 
  • Redo all incorrect work. It is best that your most recent memory is of having done the problem correctly, rather than with errors. 
  • If there were concepts on the test which you did not understand, go back and review them, as they will probably appear on the final exam and will be needed for your next math course. Use your textbook and the Math Learning Center computer and audio-visual materials to help you with this review. 
  • Save your test. This will be a great study tool for the final exam. 
  • Review your numerical score on the test to see if the instructor miscounted the number of points. 
  • If you are not sure why you did not receive full credit for a problem, or if you disagree with your score, discuss the situation with your instructor immediately. 
  • Review how you studied for the test; take steps for improvement in this area. Look at Preparing for a Math Test for good ideas.