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Whether you’re in Pre-Algebra or Calculus, taking a math test can be hard and stressful. Here are a few easy tips to get you that easy A on your math test.

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Know What the Test is About

First of all, know what’s going to be on the test, even if it means staying a minute or two after class the day that the test is announced. Ask your teacher about the subject matter and format of the test. Will you need to know the formulas, or will they be given to you? Will you be able to use a calculator? Will the test have word problems, or just mathematical equations? These are all great questions to ask the teacher; depending on how mean your teacher is, you may not get any answers at all – but hey, at least you tried!

Know Your Formulas

This next piece of advice is highly dependent upon what math class you’re taking. The overall rule, however, is this: math is about formulas, not facts. For example, your math teacher probably isn’t going to ask you what the capital of China is like your History teacher would. Instead, you may be asked the formula for the area of a circle. In math, if you know the formulas, you’re pretty much set. You can isolate variables to solve for them, enabling you to answer pretty much any question about a variable in that formula. So, my advice to you is this: KNOW YOUR FORMULAS. If you know your formulas, your world is perfect and no evil math teacher out of a horror novel can disrupt it (okay, maybe one or two could…). I would recommend making a list of the essential formulas you need to know (ask your teacher if you’re unsure) and taking it out each day during the week before the test and simply saying each formula out loud to yourself at the same time each day. Do the same thing the morning of the test.

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The Day of the Test

On the day of the test, sleep in late and cram right before math class. No, I’m not joking. It’s scientifically proven that teens are wired to stay up later and sleep in later than adults, and that teens need their beauty rest. Even though I’m encouraging you to cram, at least take a look at your formulas once or twice beforehand so you have a vague idea of what you’re supposed to be “studying.”

To sum it up, I know how hard it can be for any middle/high school or college student to study for any kind of test or exam, much less a math test. While some people may say math is the hardest subject, it’s actually quite easy if you know your formulas.

Louise Baker writes about online schools for Zen College Life. She also recently wrote about the best place to attend nursing school.

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