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1 Academic Success Center’s guide to help you succeed on your tests! Test PreparationAcademic Success Center’s guide to help you succeed on your tests!Academic Success CenterKent State UniversityMSC 207
2 “Make preparations in advance. You never have trouble if you are prepared for it.”~ Theodore Roosevelt
3 Coping with Test Anxiety What Causes Test Anxiety?Lack of preparation as indicated by:cramming the night before the exam.poor time management.failure to organize text information.poor study habits.Worrying about the following:past performance on exams.how friends and other students are doing.the negative consequences of failure.Source:
4 Coping with Test Anxiety Confronting and Handling Test AnxietyDon't think about fear; just think about what you have to do.Stay relevant.Relax; you're in control.Take a slow, deep breath.You should expect some anxiety; it's a reminder not to panic and to relax and cope steadily with the situation.Tenseness can be an ally, a friend; it's a cue to cope.Coping with the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed･When the fear comes, just pause.Keep the focus on the present; what is it you have to do?You should expect your fear to rise some.Don't try to eliminate fear totally; just keep it manageable.You can convince yourself to do it. You can reason your fear away.It's not the worst thing that can happen.Do something that will prevent you from thinking about fear.Describe what is around you. That way you won't think about worrying.Source:
5 Planning a Study Strategy “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”~Alan Lakein
6 Tips for Test Taking Long Term Prep: Review old tests Review notes daily after classKeep up with the readingJoin a study group
7 Tips for Test Taking Short Term Prep: One week before the test: Prepare a study schedulePut the material into a useful study toolDay Before:Have a brief review sessionGet eight hours of sleepMorning of:Eat a well-balanced breakfast (Stay away from caffeine and sugar)
8 Know the Test What format will the test be? What will the test cover? Multiple choice, essay, or fill in the blankWhat will the test cover?Use a study guide
9 Cumulative Exam Preparation Tips on how to study for cumulative exams:Get copies of old exams. These can act as “study guides” and help you to plan a review strategy.Consult the syllabus to refresh your memory with what was covered over the semester.Consult your textbook’s table of contents to draw up a comprehensive list of the materials that should be reviewed.
10 Preparing for Tests Find a study place without distractions Restructure your notes:Outlines or listsConcept maps (focus on main concepts)Flashcards (good for memorization)Form study groupsExplain the material to someone elseAsk questionsCompare notes
12 Tips for Test Taking Taking the Test: Arrive early for tests and be prepared.Read the directions carefullyAnswer questions in a strategic orderFirst easy questionsThen difficult questionsReview your test before turning it in.
13 Multiple Choice Test Circle or underline important words in the item. Read all the answer choices before selecting one.Cross out answer choices you are certain are not correct.Look for two answers choices that are opposites.Look for hints about the correct answer choice in other items on the test.Look for answer choices that contain language used by your teacher or found in your textbooks.Do not change your initial answer unless you are sure another answer is correct.Choose “all of the above” if you are CERTAIN all other answer choices in the item are correct.Choose “none of the above” if you are CERTAIN all other answer choices in the term are incorrect
14 Dealing with Difficult Questions Eliminate options you know to be incorrectGive each option of a question the "true-false test:" Question options that grammatically don't fit with the stem･Question options that are totally unfamiliar to you･Question options that contain negative or absolute words. Number answers: "Look alike options" probably one is correct; choose the best but eliminate choices that mean basically the same thing, and thus cancel each other out･Double negatives: Create the equivalent positive statement and consider･Echo options: If two options are opposite each other, chances are one of them is correct･Favor options that contain qualifiers The result is longer, more inclusive items that better fill the role of the answer･If two alternatives seem correct, compare them for differences, then refer to the stem to find your best answerFrom
15 Essay Exams Read through the exam Start with a prompt you are comfortable with.List main ideasCreate a rough outlineIf you are stuck, move on.