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1 TEST TAKING Academic Support A Division of the Office of Undergraduate Studies 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 1

2 Before the Test The only reason for time is so that everything doesnt 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 Success Strategies Textbook The only reason for time is so that everything doesnt happen at once. -Albert Einstein 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 Success Strategies Textbook The only reason for time is so that everything doesnt happen at once. -Albert Einstein 4

5 Notice there is a very clear color scheme. Matters of great importan- ce are indicated 5 The only reason for time is so that everything doesnt happen at once. -Albert Einstein

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? Academic Support The only reason for time is so that everything doesnt happen at once. -Albert Einstein 7

8 CC Web Chart American RevolutionVietnam War Date of Conflict Reasons for conflict Climate Conditions Fighting Styles of: Rebels Conventional Forces Results of Conflict Success Strategies Textbook Compare/Contrast Web Chart Organize large amounts of information when studying 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 ForAgainst They work: e.g., Dukakis-HortonUnethical: e.g., Clinton vs. Dole Fit to TVCan produce backlash- Clinton Put opponent on defensiveInvite opponent to use them People remember- statistical evidenceHaunt you in next campaign For/Against Skeleton Key Diagram Should a presidential candidate use negative ads in a campaign? These are used for argumentative essay questions by helping visualize both points of view 10

11 Success Strategies Textbook MoneyTalentCoachingFans 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 Analysis Skeleton Key Diagram What factors contribute to the success of a pro football team? These help you distinguish ideas related to one topic 11

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

13 Success Strategies Textbook 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 These help you show relationships that explain why something happened not necessarily sequenced What caused the end of the War of 1812? 13

14 Success Strategies Textbook GivenFind Velocity (V) : 12 m / s Acceleration (m/s 2 ) Time (s) : 30s Initial velocity (V 0 ) : 0 m / s Given/Find Skeleton Key Diagram These help solve problems likely to be encountered in math, science, engineering, etc… You know to use the V = V 0 + at formula If John started at rest and achieved a maximum velocity of 12m/s in 30s, what was his acceleration? 12 m / s = 0 m / s + a(30s) 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 Success Strategies Textbook The only reason for time is so that everything doesnt happen at once. -Albert Einstein 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 Success Strategies Textbook 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 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 Success Strategies Textbook 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 23

23 Different Types of Test Questions Objective Short answer Multiple choice True/False Fill-in-the-Blank Subjective Essay Success Strategies Textbook 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 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 Success Strategies Textbook 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 25

25 Read the Directions Some questions may be bonus Dont 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 Success Strategies Textbook 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 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 Success Strategies Textbook 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 27

27 Intelligent Guessing If you are unsure, it is better to guess than leave it blank Process of Elimination 1. Eliminate the answers you know are wrong 2. Guess between the choices left 3. Return to the question and see if you would still make the same guess Success Strategies Textbook 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 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 Success Strategies Textbook 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 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 Dont overlook negatives in the question Success Strategies Textbook 35

35 Multiple Choice continued… If you dont know the answer eliminate the ones you know are wrong then guess If it is allowed, dont 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 Success Strategies Textbook …Are usually correct 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 Success Strategies Textbook 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 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 dont know Success Strategies Textbook 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 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 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 Success Strategies Textbook 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 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 Success Strategies Textbook 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 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 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 Success Strategies Textbook And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!-Dr. Seuss 50


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