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1 A Division of the Office of Undergraduate Studies
TEST TAKING “The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” -Tom Bodett Academic Support A Division of the Office of Undergraduate Studies 1

2 Before the Test “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” -Albert Einstein 2

3 Test Taking Starts the First Day of Class
Study Do the homework Read the chapters before going to class Review the material before and after class “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” -Albert Einstein Success Strategies Textbook 3

4 The First Week of Class Look over the syllabus and see when the tests will be Write them down in your planner Review at least once a week starting the first week of class Multiple review sessions enhance memorization and make studying for the test easier “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” -Albert Einstein Success Strategies Textbook 4

5 Matters of great importan-ce are indicated
Notice there is a very clear color scheme. Matters of great importan-ce are indicated “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” -Albert Einstein 5

6 Before a Test Do not skip the class right before the test
The professor might give some last minute tips Go to as many review sessions as possible Make sure to get plenty of rest before the test Set more than one alarm to wake up the morning of the test Eat before the test Success Strategies Textbook 6

7 Two Key Factors in Preparing for an Exam
Organize your information Think about the information the way the professor expects What is important to the professor? What does the professor talk about the most? Talk about ques in class “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” -Albert Einstein Academic Support 7

8 CC Web Chart Compare/Contrast Web Chart
American Revolution Vietnam War Date of Conflict Reasons for conflict Climate Conditions Fighting Styles of: Rebels Conventional Forces Results of Conflict Works best when studying for objective tests An objective test will be explained later in the presentation Compare/Contrast Web Chart Organize large amounts of information when studying Success Strategies Textbook 8

9 The Skeleton Key Diagram
Used more for essay questions Summarize large amounts of information Predict questions that might be on the test Find information that will answer the questions Reduce that information to key words Success Strategies Textbook 9

10 For/Against Skeleton Key Diagram
Should a presidential candidate use negative ads in a campaign? For Against They work: e.g., Dukakis-Horton Unethical: e.g., Clinton vs. Dole Fit to TV Can produce backlash- Clinton Put opponent on defensive Invite opponent to use them People remember- statistical evidence Haunt you in next campaign These are used for “argumentative” essay questions by helping visualize both points of view Success Strategies Textbook 10

11 Analysis Skeleton Key Diagram
What factors contribute to the success of a pro football team? Money Talent Coaching Fans Records of teams with big and small budgets Cost of training and equipment Cost of good players Examples of great players Need for “play makers” Records of great coaches Statements from players Examples of great teams and great fans Need for financial support These help you distinguish ideas related to one topic Success Strategies Textbook 11

12 Time-Line Skeleton Key Diagram
Who were the last eight presidents of the United States? Lyndon B. Johnson Richard M. Nixon Gerald R. Ford Jimmy Carter Ronald Reagan George H.W. Bush William J. Clinton George W. Bush Another example would be: What events led directly to the outbreak of the Second World War? These help portray and discuss a sequence of events leading up to some result Success Strategies Textbook 12

13 Cause/ Effect Skeleton Key Diagram
The British burn Washington, D.C. and Madison flees the White House. Battle of Lake Champlain. US wins. The Hartford Convention. amendments protect the influence of Northeastern states. Treaty of Ghent. The British and American diplomats agree to return to the status quo from before the war. Battle of New Orleans. Andrew Jackson scores a huge victory House. End of the War of 1812 Cause/ Effect Skeleton Key Diagram What caused the end of the War of 1812? These help you show relationships that explain why something happened not necessarily sequenced Success Strategies Textbook 13

14 Given/Find Skeleton Key Diagram
If John started at rest and achieved a maximum velocity of 12m/s in 30s, what was his acceleration? Given Find Velocity (V) : 12 m/s Acceleration (m/s2) Time (s) : 30s Initial velocity (V0) : 0 m/s These help solve problems likely to be encountered in math, science, engineering, etc… You know to use the V = V0 + at formula If the equation needed for the solution is provided, it represents a GIVEN and should be included in the diagram as such 12 m/s = 0 m/s + a(30s) Success Strategies Textbook 14

15 Study Groups Choose partners wisely Make groups of 2-5 members
The more in-depth the material, the less people should be together Meet with the group well before the test, not only the night before “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” -Albert Einstein Success Strategies Textbook 15

16 Study Groups continued…
Focus on studying Appoint someone to keep the group on task Make sure that everyone in the group understands the material before moving on Find people in your major, if possible Study groups may take time to form, be patient Success Strategies Textbook 16

17 General Studying Tips Give your complete attention to what you are doing Keep up with readings and homework Manage your time Review frequently Get help as soon as you start to feel overwhelmed Academic Support 17

18 During the Test “The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” -Tom Bodett 19

19 During the Test Write down key facts on the test before looking at the first question Formulas Rules Definitions Write things down first while it is still fresh on your mind “The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” -Tom Bodett Success Strategies Textbook 20

20 Keep a positive attitude throughout the test.
“The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” -Tom Bodett 21

21 Critical Thinking While Taking the Test
Recall facts and formulas and base your answer off of those facts you really know Think about similarities between the test question and examples worked in class Think about differences, this could help eliminate the wrong answers especially in multiple choice Success Strategies Textbook 22

22 Critical Thinking continued…
Think through cause and effect Does your answer make sense? Find the best idea to match the example given Which formula or fact applies to the question Support ideas with examples Example: What led to the end of the American Revolution? you would not answer the Boston Tea Party you would have to support your claim (not just say a treaty) “The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” -Tom Bodett Success Strategies Textbook 23

23 Different Types of Test Questions
Objective Short answer Multiple choice True/False Fill-in-the-Blank Subjective Essay Test your ability to recall compare, and contrast information and link ideas to examples Express answers in terms of your own personal knowledge and perspective “The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” -Tom Bodett Success Strategies Textbook 24

24 Be Aware of Time Bring a watch to class
There is not always a clock in the classroom or it could be broken No cell phones, it could look like you are cheating Plan your time and stick to that plan What kind of questions are on the exam? Short answer Essay Multiple choice True/false Or a mixture Allot a specific amount of time for each section and about 10 minutes for review Ex. Two-hour test: 2 essays, 60 multiple choice questions spend 1 hour on the essays (30 minutes each), 50 minutes on the multiple choice, and 10 minutes to review answers “The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” -Tom Bodett Success Strategies Textbook 25

25 Read the Directions Some questions may be bonus
Don’t spend as much time on these questions Some parts of the test could be weighed more Spend the most time on the section that will get the most points “The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” -Tom Bodett Success Strategies Textbook 26

26 Work from Easy to Hard This leaves more time for the hard questions
Mark the difficult questions as you work and come back to them The easy questions may give hints or spark your memory to the answers of hard questions “The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” -Tom Bodett Success Strategies Textbook 27

27 Intelligent Guessing If you are unsure, it is better to guess than leave it blank Process of Elimination Eliminate the answers you know are wrong Guess between the choices left Return to the question and see if you would still make the same guess “The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” -Tom Bodett Success Strategies Textbook 28

28 Scantron Follow the directions
Make sure you are marking the correct question Completely erase If the machine reads two answers as marked the question is automatically wrong “The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” -Tom Bodett Success Strategies Textbook 29

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34 Multiple Choice Carefully read the directions
You could be asked to mark more than one answer choice Read each question and try to think of the answer before reading the answer choices Underline key words in the question Don’t overlook negatives in the question Success Strategies Textbook 35

35 Multiple Choice continued…
If you don’t know the answer eliminate the ones you know are wrong then guess If it is allowed, don’t be afraid to write on the test Read answers carefully For several questions on one long passage Read the questions first and look for the answers as you read Success Strategies Textbook 36

36 Patterns That Might Help
Longer, more detailed Middle values One of two choices with similar meaning Choices that are agree grammatically with the question Look for the “a” or “an” at the end of the question Include example …Are usually correct Success Strategies Textbook 37

37 True/False Questions Read carefully Look for qualifiers
“all”, “only”, “always”: usually means the question is false “often”, “generally”, “sometimes”, “usually”: normally mean the question is true “The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” -Tom Bodett Success Strategies Textbook 38

38 Matching Questions Read the directions
Can each choice be used more than once? Work from the column with the longest entries Start with the ones you know, then try the ones you don’t know “The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” -Tom Bodett Success Strategies Textbook 39

39 Fill-in-the-Blank Questions
Be Logical Make sure the answer makes sense when the entire statement is read Note the length and number of blanks Clues, not always true to the answer Usually two blanks means a two-word answer is required, but if you are sure that it is only one word then go with your own knowledge Success Strategies Textbook 40

40 Fill-in-the-Blank continued…
Pay attention to how blanks are separated If there seems to be more than one answer, write all answers you can think of Make a guess Use qualifiers (normally, etc.) Realize that the answer is probably in your subconscious and your guess is not completely random Many times questions with more than answer have more than one idea and you don’t necessarily have to know one part to get the other part Success Strategies Textbook 41

41 Essay Questions Read all of the questions first Watch for action verbs
Analyze, Explain, Illustrate These words guide your writing Even if you do not have to answer all of the questions it is still good to read them all “The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” -Tom Bodett Success Strategies Textbook 42

42 Essay Questions continued…
Plan the essay Think about what you are going to write Outline the essay Revise the essay Look for more ideas you can use Edit the essay Look for grammar mistakes Be as neat as possible “The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” -Tom Bodett Success Strategies Textbook 43

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46 After the Test “And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed! -Dr. Seuss 48

47 When preparing for finals
Avoid marathon study sessions Set clear starting and stopping times The work normally expands to fill the time allotted Schedule time for breaks around your study times Expect the unexpected Be realistic Meet with the teacher for a review session Know type of final Academic Support “And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed! -Dr. Seuss 49

48 Learn From Your Mistakes
Identify problem areas Careless errors Conceptual or factual errors Try to rework the questions you got wrong Talk to your professor By learning from your mistakes, you can do better on the next test If you fail a test know that you probably were not alone “And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed! -Dr. Seuss Success Strategies Textbook 50


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