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  1. 1. Taking the Test<br />Listen to all directions<br />Survey test<br />Look over entire test<br />Read carefully<br />Underline key words<br />Read all choices<br />Easy questions first<br />Review<br />Lesson 16 Test Taking Skills<br />1<br />
  2. 2. Lesson 16 Test Taking Skills<br />2<br />Top Ten Study Preventions<br />Don’t have the materials you need to study so you can make several phone calls to talk about studying rather than actually studying.<br />Spend several hours explaining to friends or family how boring the teacher/ material is and why this prevents you from studying.<br />Plan to study all the time and schedule no recreation time which will allow you to be an academic martyr but put in very little focused, productive study time.<br />Only study in you room with the door open to be sure you don’t miss anyone walking by wanting to talk.<br />Never send anyone away that interrupts your study because you don’t want to hurt their feelings.<br />Develop a smug superior attitude that can be used to impress others with the fact that you don’t need to study.<br />Find a place to study that also has great entertainment value because “Why be bored when you study?”<br />Never study material you don’t enjoy since you’ll obviously never use it anyway.<br />Always remember that people will think you’re smarter if you flunk a test because you didn’t study rather than flunking it when you did study.<br />Focus on how boring the course is and if the instructor were decent you would ace the class.<br />
  3. 3. Lesson 16 Test Taking Skills<br />3<br />10 Steps to Prepare for Tests<br />Know when your next test occurs<br />What will be on the test and what is most important to know?<br />Find out what will be the format of the test (kinds of questions)<br />Make a study checklist<br />Study in groups<br />
  4. 4. Lesson 16 Test Taking Skills<br />4<br />10 Steps Continued...<br />Prepare a schedule/calendar for study periods<br />Study in a quiet environment<br />Match your studying to the type of test you are taking<br />Schedule breaks to keep your energy level high<br />Know your teacher’s biases<br />
  5. 5. Lesson 16 Test Taking Skills<br />5<br />Taking Objective Tests<br />Read all instructions carefully.<br />Budget your time so that you have time to cover each question.<br />Generally, first answer the questions you can complete easily.<br />If you get stuck or start to get anxious on a particular problem, move on to the next question<br />
  6. 6. Lesson 16 Test Taking Skills<br />6<br />Taking Objective Tests<br /> Don’t jump too quickly at apparent answers that seem easy.<br />Avoid negative statements to yourself during a test.<br />If you do not understand a question, get help quickly from the teacher and move on to the next question<br />Read the questions carefully.<br />
  7. 7. Lesson 16 Test Taking Skills<br />7<br />Ron Fry, “Ace” Any Test<br /> If two answers sound alike, chose neither<br />In math choose a number in the middle<br />If two amounts are close then chose one of them<br />If two numbers differ by a decimal point chose one of them<br />If two math answers look alike choose one of them<br />
  8. 8. Lesson 16 Test Taking Skills<br />8<br />Multiple Choice<br />Pay attention to qualifying words.<br />Do not read too much into questions<br />Read every answer.<br />The longest most complicated answers are often correct<br />Look for clues<br /> Work backward<br />Chose the best alternative<br />
  9. 9. Lesson 16 Test Taking Skills<br />9<br />Matching<br />Ask if you can use alternatives more than once<br />Do not match if you are not sure<br />Try to think of the answer before reading the choices<br />Choose the best answer and mark the answer<br />Narrow down the field<br />Avoid changing answers<br />
  10. 10. Lesson 16 Test Taking Skills<br />10<br />Fill-in-the-Blank<br />Look for clues<br />Use common sense.<br />Chose the best word.<br />Pay attention to the length of line given or to the number of lines.<br />Read through after you answer<br />
  11. 11. Lesson 16 Test Taking Skills<br />11<br />Short Answer<br />Pay attention to grammar<br />Answer within the context of the course<br />Use terms the instructor used.<br />Answer by giving an example<br />Beef up your answer if you have time<br />
  12. 12. Lesson 16 Test Taking Skills<br />12<br />True/False<br />Pay attention to qualifying words<br /> The answer is false if any part is false<br />Do not look for patterns<br />Guess if you don’t know<br />Stick with your first answer<br />
  13. 13. Lesson 16 Test Taking Skills<br />13<br />Problem Solving<br />Use a diagram to visualize the problem<br />Reread to highlight the information<br />Estimate your answer<br />Word backwards<br />Watch for careless errors<br />
  14. 14. Lesson 16 Test Taking Skills<br />14<br />Essay Exams<br />Read all the questions carefully<br />Plan the amount of time for each question<br />Answer all the questions<br />Answer the easiest questions first<br />Write neatly<br />Leave space between essays<br />Pay attention to key words<br />
  15. 15. Lesson 16 Test Taking Skills<br />15<br />Key Words<br />COMPARE<br />CONTRAST<br />CRITICIZE<br />DEFINE<br />DESCRIBE<br />DIAGRAM<br />DISCUSS<br />ENUMERATE<br />List similarities<br />Stress differences<br />Express your judgment<br />Give concise clear meaning<br />Recount or relate in sequence<br />Give a drawing<br />Analyze carefully<br /> Write in list or outline form<br />
  16. 16. Lesson 16 Test Taking Skills<br />16<br />Key Words<br />EVALUATE<br />EXPLAIN<br />ILLUSTRATE<br />INTERPRET<br />LIST<br />OUTLINE<br />Give both pros and cons<br />Clarify and interpret your answer<br /> Use a figure, picture or drawing<br /> Give examples, solve, comment<br />Write in list or outline<br />Organize under main points<br />
  17. 17. Lesson 16 Test Taking Skills<br />17<br />Writing the Essay<br />Write down all the facts, ideas or points<br />Number your points<br />Be appealing and draw the reader in<br />Put in the examples and illustrations<br />Use transitions<br />Chose precise words<br />Use active rather than passive language<br />
  18. 18. Lesson 16 Test Taking Skills<br />18<br />Writing the Essay<br />Omit needless words.<br />Vary your sentence patterns<br />Have a very strong closing<br />

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