A middle school teacher shared with us her use of the acronym PIRATES to help her students develop test-taking skills. She trains her students to remember:
P Preview the test and Prepare for success.
I Inspect the Instructions on every question.
R Read the source material. Remember the information, and Reduce the possibilities.
A Answer or Abandon.
T Turn back to the ones you know how to do.
E Every question is answered. We Estimate or give it an Educated guess.
S Scan the test, going back to make sure everything looks like it should.