(if you dont want to read my hopeless sub par tests just skip down to the second to least paragraph. this is basically a rant but i think some of you can give me some advice to correct what i am doing wrong. After writing a seemingly flawless test, with little to no mistakes and knowing basically everthing that was given on the test, and i had studied well in advnace (about 2 weeks), i have found out that my test is mark is .... 64! I do not know what i did wrong here. Everything i wrote on the test (it was bascially a 'write the fact out' test, like give a brief explanation of te history of the sun) was perfect and staraight out the text. I do not know what went wrong... but i will get the test back tomorrow and i will know what i did wrong. This is not the first time it has happened either. Earlier this semester another test taht seemed very easy yield a 50% mark for me! The problem wit hthe latter test is that i had made one silly mistake (off by a factor of 2) and it comtributed to losing about 20 marks in a 60 mark test. I am not like most people, when i sit to write my tests i am very calm and collected and i remember everything i need to remember. Am i over confident? I always study in advnace (my friends call me a geek for that) and yet my marks are sub par. I remember that in high school (about 3 years back) my marks were always in the mid to high 80s. After coming to university my marks have dwindled and despite hard study and coming out of the courses knowing everything that i need to know (though i do not want to repeat my 1st and 2nd year courses) i couldeasily ace them now. I am unhappy of the way i always fall short of time in tests, despite my practising good test strategies (looking over the paper to find the easiest ones first). Otherwise i finish my tests with no time remaining and it turns out that i have screwed them up like the situations described above. Can anyone help me out here! I want to get into grad school but at the rate its going the situation is bleak and i am getting very discouraged. My grades are 60s Cs... if you care to know..