Week5s Test Taking by HC121012041512


									       College Test Taking
From time to time, you will be called
upon to “show what you know!” in
the arena of Testing.
What follows is information designed
to aid you in doing your very best…
        First & Foremost…
Put the test in perspective.
Of course, you want to do your best,
but remember:
– This test is not the end of the world, all
  you are doing is putting marks on a
  piece of paper or on a computer screen.
– Be prepared. Relax.
– Know that you will pass the test with
  flying colors.
   Planning Your Approach
Prepare physically for the
Prepare mentally for the exam.
Find out about the test.
Know what is expected of you.
Design an exam plan.
Join a study group.
Use tutoring and other campus
support resources.
         Tips for Taking Tests
Get a good night’s sleep,     Don’t linger on hard
eat a hearty breakfast.       questions – move on.
Bring necessary supplies      Don’t get distracted by
to class.                     others finishing before you.
Relax and control your        Ask for clarification when
breathing.                    necessary.
Begin by previewing the       Use clues in the test to jog
entire test.                  your memory.
Ask any questions             Re-check your work before
regarding the instructions.   handing it in.
        Aids to Memory
                                       Ah, yes,
Over-learn the material—go over it   I remember
again and again.                        it well.

Use multiple senses—read, discuss,
Categorize the information.
Use mnemonics.
Associate ideas to things you
already know.
Visualize the concepts.
Use flash cards.
Use rhymes, songs, and acronyms.
         Don’t let it get to you:
       Control Your Test Anxiety
Manage your pre-test time wisely.
Re-program: Talk positively to yourself.
Eat well & get some exercise.              It’s only
Don’t use drugs in an attempt to reduce     a test.
anxiety. Better to do breathing exercises. Chill out!
Find support: a friend, a tutor or an
Keep the test in perspective.
Know that you are ready!
Know What to Expect: Be Ready!
Will you be able to sit in your usual
Will your instructor be present?
Ask your instructor questions that will
clarify circumstances surrounding the
exam: when? How long? How many
What will be the format of the test?
What do students who completed the
course before you say about tests?
What will security be like?
Are you penalized for guessing?
    Avoid Cramming for Tests
Regularly check the syllabus or
calendar highlighting exam dates.
Make a study plan for each exam.
Keep up with assigned readings
Review class notes regularly.
Reward yourself for preparing
Plan to reserve the night before for
concentrated study.
A little at a time is much better than
all at once.
      But If You Have No Choice,
         Cram Strategically
Ideas for last-minute concentrated study:
   Clear the decks: no distractions.
   Use textbook study aids.
   Skim for highlights & main ideas.
   Divide and conquer: one thing at a time.
   Bring required academic supplies.
   Bring supplies for your spirit: candy, gum,
   Organize your resources.
   Get some sleep.
     Strategies for Various Tests
              One strategy that works for
Should I or   almost all tests:
shouldn’t I   – If an answer comes quickly, go
    ?           with it!
              – If you’re really not sure, come
                back to it later.
              Otherwise, different tests
              have different strategies:
              – Objective tests
              – Subjective tests
   Objective & Subjective Tests
Objective tests include   Good study strategies include:
 – multiple choice        – using flash cards
 – matching               – making a concept
 – true-false               vocabulary list
                          – reviewing your text’s study
 – fill in the blank        guide
Subjective tests          – reviewing your notes
 – Short answer           – work with a tutor
 – Essay questions        – join a study group
    Multiple Choice Strategies
Read the question carefully and try to
answer it before you read the choices.
Strike out wrong answers.
Mark answers clearly and consistently.
Change answers cautiously. Beware of
second-guessing yourself.
Read all the options before making a
If you don’t know an answer, move on.
If all else fails, make an educated guess!!
         True-False Strategies
Read the question carefully.
Go with your hunch.
Watch for key words:
– Absolutes (never, etc.) are probably false
– Relatives (some, etc.) are probably true
– Double negatives – not untruthful, etc.
If a part of it is false, all of it is false.
Answer all questions unless there is
a penalty for guessing.
    Fill-in-the-Blank Strategies
Read thoroughly to be sure what is
                                          And the
being asked.                           magic word
Be brief and specific.                 is _______
                                       I knew it all
Give an answer for every blank.          the time!

Short blanks may have long answers
and vice versa. Don’t assume anything.
Remember an “a” before a blank wants
a consonant word and “an” a vowel
Watch for key “trigger” words.
        Short Answer Strategies
             These questions demonstrate how
             well you can explain concepts
  I          Write clear, logical, and brief
knew         answers.
             Writing more than asked for or
             including information not asked for
             suggests that you do not
             understand the concepts.
             Other items on the test may provide
             clues to help you answer questions
             that stump you.
    Essay Question Strategies
Read the question           Conclude by summarizing
carefully.                  how your thesis is
What is the question        supported.
asking for?                 Watch grammar, spelling
Outline the key ideas.      and punctuation.
Refer specifically to the   Use humor if it fits in.
question in your opening    Be sure you have
sentence.                   completely answered the
Make a clear, coherent      question.
thesis statement.           Write legibly.
Develop the main body of    Proofread your work.
the essay to support your
thesis statement.
      Okay, you flunked it!
    Now recover your balance.
Don’t let yourself become undone by
one failure.
Use the disappointment to critically
think about
 – the causes of the poor performance
 – crafting new strategies to improve
   your situation.
Begin by reviewing your test results.
Talk to your instructor or a tutor.
   Knowing When to Challenge
               Check to see that your grade has been
  Sure, I’ll   calculated correctly.
 look at it.
We all make    Identify questions that were not clearly
 mistakes.     written.
               Ask for a grade change if
               – you believe the instructor misunderstood
               – the instructor made a actual error in
                 calculating your score.
               Remember, instructors are unlikely to
               change a grade without good reason.
 Handle Emergencies
Sometimes life gets in the way of test taking.
Illness, sick children, and car accidents can
and do happen to interfere with your ability to
take an exam at its scheduled time.
Call your instructor before the test to explain
your situation.
Ask if you can take a make-up exam in a
courteous and respectful manner.
Be prepared to document the cause of your
           Tempted to cheat?
           Resist the Impulse
Cheating can have ugly consequences:
  Cheaters struggle with a nagging conscience, self-
  doubt, dissatisfaction, and guilt.
  Humiliation results if you get caught.
  You may, at least, receive a “0” on your exam, or
  possibly be expelled from the college or university.
  Professors who catch you cheating may spread the
  word and refuse to write letters of recommendation,
  ruining chances for graduate study or participation in
  special programs.
  And remember the person you cheat the most is
   Finally, one more time:
       The Big Three

Be prepared!
Know you can
do it!

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