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					                                Tips for EQAO Test Writing

KEY WORDS/PHRASES TO KNOW


Compare, Define, Describe, Determine, Explain your thinking, Use your own ideas to
support your answer, Justify, List, Predict, Show Your Work, Summarize, Use
information from the Reading selection to support your answer


What You Can Expect


Math                             Reading                         Writing

• open response questions        • narrative text                • 2 or 3 short writing tasks
• multiple choice                • non-narrative information     (one page each)

• need to demonstrate,           text                            • 1 long writing task (2
knowledge, appliction, an        • poetry                        pages)
thinking                         • graphic text                  • multiple choice questions

                                 • multiple choice and/or
                                 open response


Do Not Show Up Without...


A ruler, a protractor, LOTS of pencils, a pencil sharpener, a GOOD eraser, several
pens, two highlighters, a calculator, your confidence--you are ready and will do well :-)


Some Tips to Remember

The Problem Solving Model                          Problem-Solving Strategies
• Understand the Problem                           • Guess and Check
• Make a plan                                      • Look for a Pattern
• Carry out the plan                               • Draw a Picture
• Look Back                                        • Make a table or a graph
• Communicate                                      • Brainstorm
•ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECKYOUR WORK--think about using
inverse operaion!

Tips for Organizing Open Response                  Tips for Multiple Choice Questions
Questions                                          • You must use a pencil
• Reread the questionif you need to                •Try to answer every question
• Reread parts of the reading passage if           • Choose the best answer for each question
you need to                                        • Look for answers that don't make sense
• Write as clearly as you can                 so you can eliminate those choices
• Include as much information as you can      • Use any extra time to check your answers
when:                                         • Fill in only ONE bubble for each
       * you are asked to explain your        • Don't forget to transcribe your answers
thinking                                      from the booklet to your multiple choice
       * you are asked to solve a problem     sheet
• Always support your ideas with at least 3
pieces of evidence (two from the text and
one from your schema)
• Move on if you don't know the answer;
you can come back to the question later

				
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