ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Cram the Night before Taking the TOCFL Exam

Updated on March 21, 2013
  1. Keep calm. Do not panic! Panicking is a sure-fire way to make you forget everything you have learned and lose your concentration. Instead, take a deep breath and gather all your study materials together. This includes flashcards, books, notes, etc.
  2. Find a quiet place to study. This is crucial if you want to be able to concentrate on the eve of the exam. Just ensure that you are not too comfortable as you may end up feeling asleep.
  3. Download interactive apps on your iPhone or iPad. If you don’t already have them, get apps like Scribe: Origins or Study-Chat. These can serve as a refresher and a fun way to remember what you have learned in the past.
  4. Open your books and start from the beginning. This is a good way to remind yourself of information you may have forgotten along the way as you’ve advanced in your studying. Don’t miss a single detail and don’t be complacent as you peruse through your lessons. Highlight anything that you think is important or that might come out in the test.
  5. Study out loud. It truly helps when you read what you are studying out loud. It will assist in retaining the information in your memory and it also facilitates the process of your brain processing the material.
  6. Make flashcards. If you haven’t already been using flashcards, make new ones. This will help you test yourself and see what you need refreshing on.
  7. Go to bed early. While this may seem contrary to cramming for an exam, it will help keep your brain fresh. Go to bed as early as you can and wake up extra early instead to review your lessons. This is far more effective than pulling an all-nighter.
  8. Ask a friend or family member to quiz you. Sometimes it helps simply to study with another person. This will help you discover what aspects of the lesson you still need to work on and what you are excellent at.
  9. Keep hydrated and have snacks readily available. As you study through the night, you need to have snacks readily available in order to keep your blood sugar up. Drink copious amounts of water as well so that you stay hydrated.
  10. Take frequent breaks. Despite the fact that you know you only have a few hours left before the big exam, it’s important not to get too caught up in your cramming. Take frequent breaks so that your brain does not get oversaturated. Step outside and breathe in some fresh air. Or play a quick game on your phone or computer just to get your brain cells moving around a bit. What is important is that you stay fresh and alert.
  11. Take a shower. If you’re starting to feel groggy or tired, try taking a quick shower. This will help invigorate and refresh your senses. You can also try eating an apple. Just don’t eat anything too heavy as you run the risk of falling asleep. Have one cup of coffee if you feel that it will help with your studying.

Taiwan, Home of the Exam

Taipei, Taiwan:
Taipei City, Taiwan

get directions


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • SolveMyMaze profile image


      5 years ago

      Nice Hub. Whilst I would always advise against cramming, you do cover the most important point of not panicking. Although sometimes that's easier said than done the night before an exam!

      The breaks are a crucial element of cramming, too. Although some would argue that it's counterproductive to do that.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)