All of us in the John W. Schmidt Center for Student Success want you to be successful this semester. With finals approaching, we wanted to remind you of a few tips to help ensure your success. This information is adapted from a lesson presented within the TROY 1103: College Success Strategies class that is available as a free elective.

Here are five ways to ensure success on your final exams:

  1. Create the best environment for study – make sure that you take noise level, lighting, comfort, and organization into account when choosing the best place to study. While the most comfortable arm-chair on campus might prove to be the best place to take a nap, it might not be the best choice for studying. Also, while multi-tasking might prove useful in other aspects of life, it does not work here. Having your Biology notes open while watching a science-fiction film on Netflix will likely not improve your grade. If you are looking for the best place to study, check out this blog post by Bayleigh Thompson, a senior marketing major from Mobile, AL.
  2. Determine the best time for study – The specific time of day is up to you. Choose a time when you are at your best, when your mind is clear of distractions, and when you have adequate time to devote to the material. You have to carve out this time just like any other appointment. Here’s a hint: make a calendar event on your smartphone and stick to it!
  3. Determine the best length of time for study – Study sessions should have a specific goal and purpose. These sessions should typically last from 30 to 50 minutes. No, not 3 hours! After your study sessions, take a break: go for a walk or some other activity that will get your mind off of the material for a few minutes.
  4. Choose the best study partner – Studying with your significant other will likely prove to be less than ideal. Make sure that you ask each other thought-provoking questions; go beyond the simple answers. Take advantage of each other’s strengths and support each other’s weaknesses. Be aware of too much socializing and remember that we all learn differently!
  5. Assess yourself – The only way to ensure that you are retaining the information is to assess or test yourself. If you can remember it without referencing the material, if you can teach it to others, or if you can explain it in your own words, then you can pass the test.

We wish you all the best!



The Testing and Assessment Center (TAC) is responsible for providing students with a testing environment where tests can be administered accurately and securely. Students may report to our office to take their ACCUPLACER Placement Test and CLEP Exams.

ACCUPLACER exams are for students to identify the appropriate starting level for English and Math courses. We strive to provide you the tools needed so that you and your advisor can work together to help you be successful. You do not PASS or FAIL the ACCUPLACER test; it only determines your current skill level in the area(s) tested so that you can be placed appropriately. You will receive your ACCUPLACER test results immediately and your score report will include placement messages informing you which courses you should take and how to register.

CLEP exams are available for students who wish to gain college credit for a course by paying an exam fee and passing a subject exam. CLEP exams cover a wide range of general studies courses and offer a great opportunity for students who have an advanced subject knowledge and which to “test out” of a course. The CLEP exam fee is $80.

A photo or valid student ID is required to complete an exam, but students may visit our office on a walk-in basis. The only exception to this is during the summer, which is generally our busiest time of the year. We can see, on average, upwards of 1200 students in a 2-month window as they come through their scheduled IMPACT orientation sessions.

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-Chanukah Anderson, coordinator