It may be helpful to review basic concepts or vocabulary prior to taking a test. Cramming or other intense practice before you take a placement test may result in a placement that is inappropriately high. Note that these tests measure skill in problem solving as well as general knowledge in subjects. It is more important to understand broad, central concepts than to memorize details.
An essential part of academic success at the University of Chicago is appropriate course placement. Placement tests are not designed to be competitive tools, but rather opportunities for students to assess themselves honestly.