As a crammer by nature, I was studying right up to the point that I walked into the testing location. I had my flash cards and book with me in the car and flipped through the definitions and mnemonics until it was time to head in. For me, last-minute studying has always given me an extra boost of confidence before a test. I purposely scheduled all of my exams to be in the morning so that I could limit the amount of time I would have to study right before the exam and avoid burning myself out before the actual test.
Once I was in the exam room, I took a few moments to jot down all of the mnemonics that I could remember from the self-study materials. I also jotted down the times so I would know when I needed to move on to the next section.
To help with time management, I went through each multiple choice section three times. The first time through, I would answer every question that I could answer with certainty without needing to deliberate. The second time through, I would answer the questions that I needed to think about for a few moments but was still fairly certain of the correct response. After the second run, I would see how many questions were left and how much time I had left for that section.
With that strategy, I knew exactly how much time I had per question, and I didn’t need to worry about running out of time on questions that I could answer easily. If I saw that a question was taking up too much time during my final run through the questions, I would just answer my “best guess” and move on.