Most schools will provide a review of the course that you took. In most cases they will send you a copy of the review so that you can make any corrections to it. While this is an ideal thing to do, I often find that it is not enough. Some people have caught mistakes that they never noticed while others could have taken advantage of the extra time to read over the material.
If you cannot find the review that you need to make sure that you spend plenty of time looking through the old test books. You will want to look at all the questions and try to pinpoint which question was most difficult. Some students get so bogged down with the problems that they fail to notice the answer. That is why reviewing the exam multiple times is so important. Once you feel confident that you have encountered all of the possible problems to look at the solution graphs.
There is no better time to review than before taking the exam. This will give you the ability to refresh your memory and get ready for the test. If you have not yet started learning material for the class, make sure that you do so now. The class that you take should be fairly easy to follow along with. If the class is too challenging then chances are you will not feel up to the challenge on the day of the exam.
Before class look over some sample questions that you will be asked. You need to review these questions and try to determine just what your strategy should be. Some strategies will work well for one person but not another. Spend a few minutes discussing strategies with a friend who has taken the same test.
After class go over any notes you took and try to memorize as many facts as you can. Memorizing any information that will be required for the exam is going to save you a lot of time. Remember that every question on the exam is going to have a definition. If you can not figure out what the definition is then it is probably best to forget the question and look for a definition online. Spend some time memorizing definitions if you need to.
When you go to the gym for your first practice class, remember to bring along some study guides. Your instructor may not be able to give you any practice tests, but there should be lots of good information in the books that you can review over. Go through the material as many times as you need until you feel confident that you understand the material. Spend a lot of time on problems that you cannot solve.
You will probably spend about the same amount of time solving problems as you did in class. It is very important that you do not go to class thinking that you are going to have a problem to solve the exam. It is far from true. You should be confident that you have learned everything that you need to know about the concepts and methods used on the test.