Test Taking Skills by 7G13Xd36


									Test Taking Skills
Managing Test Anxiety
   The major problem with test anxiety is its effect on
    thinking ability.
   To manage this anxiety, be well prepared for the
   Be well rested and nourished the day of the test.
   Think positively: “ I can do OK on this exam,
    because I’ve studied.”
   Get to the test early.
   Read the instructions CAREFULLY.
   If you feel anxious, calm yourself, stretch your arms
    & legs and relax them a few times.
   FOCUS on doing your BEST.
   Treat yourself when the exam is over.
Preparing for Exams
   DO NOT cram, you do not have enough short term
    memory to remember the information you will need
    for the test.
   Start studying well in advance. A week before the
    exam do an initial overview. Then develop a plan for
    studying this material over the next week.
   Study from the top down. It is easier to retain
    material that is well organized.
   Do not take in new material the night before the
    exam. You don’t want to stress yourself discovering
    important information you don’t know. It will also
    help you to avoid the temptation to cram.
Tips for increasing test strategies.

   Find out what material the test will cover and the format
    of the test.
   Use as many study strategies as you can.
    Note cards, outlines, diagrams, pictures & self-testing
   Understand the material before you memorize it.
   Essay Exams: Predict test “?’s” Develop outlines for
    your answers.
   Problem Solving Exams: Review all homework,
    practice extra examples from your text.
   Open Book Exams: Prepare as though it were a closed
    book exam. Place post it notes for tabs on your text so
    you can easily access material.
   Take Home Exams: Gather materials you will need
    then schedule enough time so you can complete the
Taking the Test
   Listen for any oral directions, read written directions
    carefully, underline key words.

   Survey the entire test to get a feel for its content.
    Note the point values on each section and schedule
    your time accordingly.

   Utilize information you acquired during the test, go
    back and answer questions you were unsure of first
    time around.

   When reviewing your answers, if you were pretty
    sure you were correct the first time, LEAVE THE
Types of Tests
   Short answer: Answer in brief sentences or lists.
   Essay: Read the question carefully and construct an
    outline for your answer. Use examples to highlight
    your main points, Summarize and draw conclusions.
    Allow time to polish your answer.
   Multiple Choice: Consider ALL of the options,
    eliminate incorrect answers and pick the answer
    that is most nearly true.
   Matching- Answer the easy questions first to reduce
    the chance of guessing incorrectly on difficult items.
   True/False: Don’t spend too much time on these,
    and beware of words like all, most, some, few,
    never, always, usually and rarely.

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