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					 Test Taking

  A Learning Enhancement
     Center Workshop
Coconino Community College
In This Workshop:

 Getting psychologically and
 physiologically ready
 Test taking tips
 What to do before, during, and after
Getting Psychologically Ready
 Study at least a week in advance and
 review several days before the test.
 Do not engage in negative talk about the
 test with anyone.
 Interact with students who are working
 hard to succeed just prior to the test.
 Remind yourself of your long-term goals.
 Be confident and believe you will do well.

 Positive thoughts reduce anxiety and
 promote confidence.
 Negative thoughts actually hinder
 your performance on tests, even
 when you are well-prepared!
Positive and Negative Self-Talk
  I’m going to do well on this test. I am only
  competing with myself. I’m prepared, and I
  know the material well.
  I’m stupid.
  I’m going to fail.
  This class is worthless.
Stop Negative Thoughts!

 Each time you have a negative
 thought, first recognize it, and then
 counteract it with a positive thought.
 Eventually, if you practice this, you
 will automatically think positively.
Getting Physiologically Ready
 Get plenty of rest, especially several days
 before the test.
 Eat well-balanced, nutritious meals before
 the test. Limit you intake of junk food--
 sugar and caffeine give big energy highs
 and lows. Carbohydrates provide sustained
 Drink plenty of water--this allows brain cells
 to function better.

 Weeks before the test, do what is
 necessary to make sure you’re in
 good health for the test.
 Avoid stressful situations (arguments
 or rushing) just prior to the test.
 Plan to get to the test site a few
 minutes early.
 Sit where there are few distractions.
General Test Taking Strategies
 Read over the whole test before answering
 any questions.
 Determine approx. time each item will take.
 Answer the questions you’re sure of first.
 Change an answer only if you’re sure it’s
 Don’t worry about being the first or last to
 Bring a watch, pencil, and scrap paper.
Multiple Choice
 Try to answer the questions before you
 read the options.
 Cross out options you know are incorrect.
 Mark all negatives (no, not) and prefixes
 (un-, in-, non-)...if misread, these can seem
 like trick questions.
 Mark qualifiers (always, never, rarely,
 must, often)...these are often
 Look for statements where one part
 may be true and another part false:
 “As a representative of baroque
 composers, Beethoven’s music had a
 significant impact on later
 FALSE: Beethoven had an impact on
 later composers, but represented the
 classical era.
 Read all the items in each column
 Match all the pairs you know are
 Cross out the items as you match
 them up.
 Reread the items and match up the
 remaining pairs.
 Check your answers.
Short Answer

 Fill in the answers you’re sure of first,
 then review the entire test:
 Clues to the answers you’re not sure
 of might be contained within other test
 Try not to leave anything blank...use
 your best guess.
Essay Questions
 Underline key words in the question,
 especially verbs.
 Outline answers to organize your thoughts.
 Be concise-avoid flowery language.
 Be neat: write legibly, skip lines, clearly
 label questions, indent paragraphs.
 Attend an LEC workshop on writing for
 essay exams.
If you have to guess…

 Choose the longest, most complete
 Choose the middle value in a series
 of numbers.
 Choose the middle option in a list.
 If two options are similar to each other and
 different from the rest, one of the similar
 answers is probably correct.
 Example: When a river is in flood,
 a. velocity increases and discharge
 b. velocity increases and discharge
 c. sediment load decreases.
 d. the floodplain is high and dry.
The correct answer is either
a or b since they are similar,
   and the others are not.
  Look for grammatical errors while reading
  the question with each of the options in it.
Example: Marine gastropods live in an
  a. clear, warm water environment.
  b. anaerobic, muddy water environment.
  c. wave-washed, surf environment.
  d. tide pool environment.
The answer is b. That is the
        answer that is
grammatically correct when
matched with the word “an”
  at the end of the original
Before the Test
 Use positive thinking to overcome
 your anxiety.
 Ask your instructor what type of
 questions will be on the test (T/F,
 multiple choice).
 Study with a classmate or in a study
 Plan to reward yourself after taking
 the test.
During the Test

 Practice positive self-talk.
 Apply the test-taking strategies you’ve
After the Test

 Go over the completed test ASAP.
 Congratulate yourself on the
 questions you got right.
 Identify the problems you had, and fill
 in the correct answers.
 Make a plan for improvement on
 future tests.
Resources Available in the LEC

 Tips for test-taking software
 Study skills videos
 Books on college study skills
 More workshops on computer and in
 Free learning assistance
           The End!
The Learning Enhancement Center is
  designed to serve the students of
      CCC. We are eager to be a
  facilitator of successful learning.
    Please let us know what your
 needs are, and we will design ways
     to meet them. Thank you for
       attending this workshop.

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