So says a recent study.
"Taking practice tests - particularly ones that involve attempting to recall something from memory - can drastically increase the likelihood that you'll be able to remember that information again later," Rawson said.
According to research, practice tests are the most effective way to study because they:
Increase retrieval practice. When you take a practice test, you are forced to retrieve information from your memory. This type of retrieval practice is known to be very effective for learning and remembering information.
Identify areas of weakness. Practice tests can help you identify areas where you need more practice. This information can be used to focus your study efforts on the most important topics.
Provide feedback on your progress. Practice tests can give you feedback on your progress as you study. This information can be used to motivate you to keep studying and to track your improvement over time.
Reduce test anxiety. Taking practice tests can help you reduce test anxiety. This is because you will be more familiar with the format of the test and the types of questions that are asked.
In addition to these benefits, practice tests can also help you to:
Develop time management skills. Practice tests can help you to develop time management skills. This is because you will need to learn how to pace yourself and how to answer questions within the time limit.
Build confidence. Practice tests can help you to build confidence. This is because you will see that you are able to answer questions correctly and that you are prepared for the exam.
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October 18, 2010