Presentation on theme: "Test Taking Strategies"— Presentation transcript:
1 Test Taking Strategies What we’ll be covering:general test taking strategieshow to take different kinds of testslearning from your mistakeswhat to do when you don’t know the answer
2 General test-taking strategies ignore other test takers (before and during the test) Sit in your usual seat, if possibleBring all necessary materials
3 General test-taking strategies Listen carefully to directionsIf something is vague or hard to read, stop and ask the instructor for clarificationAnswer the easiest questions first, mark and postpone the harder questionsChange your answer only if you’re absolutely sure the second answer is correct
4 General test-taking strategies Look over the test and budget your time accordingly Leave time to review your work
5 Suggestions for objective tests Circle or underline clue words like all, every, none, always, etc. Watch for negatives
6 Suggestions for answering essay questions use pencil or erasable penread the questions carefully and underline key wordscreate an outline in the margin of what you’d like to saybegin your answer by rephrasing the questionin the next sentence announce what you’ll be saying in the rest of your answerdevote a paragraph to each of the main points
7 Suggestions for answering essay questions save time to check for the following:completeness and claritypunctuation and word usagespellingneatnessdid you answer the question?
8 Suggestions for computational exams as soon as you receive your test, jot down any formulas you needed to remember draw a pictureestimate the answershow all your workwrite neatlypay attention to details
9 After the test: Learning from your mistakes don’t just look at WHAT you missed, but look at WHY you missed it!mastery of information: you didn’t study properly and don’t know the materialthinking gap: you misunderstood what you were being askedmethod of test taking: you made some bad mistakes like reading too quickly and missing key wordsreaction to situation: test anxiety got the better of you
10 Correcting “mastery of information” mistakes Go back and look at how you studied. What do you need to change? Did you give yourself enough time? Are there other study strategies that would work better?
11 Correcting “thinking gap” mistakes Next time, raise your hand and ask your professor or t.a. to rephrase the question. Keep asking until you feel that you fully understand the question.
12 Correcting “method of test taking” mistakes Read/listen to the directions carefullyForce yourself to slow down and read the questions carefully Identify the key words in the questionsRead all answers before you select one
13 Stress reduction and management have a study planget some exerciseproper nutritionkeep a positive attitudeget enough rest
14 What can you do when you don’t know the answer? look for wording in the question that may give you an idea see if the answer appears somewhere else in the exam try to eliminate some answers before guessingplug in numbers to see if they generate a possible solution
15 SummaryYou should approach different kinds of tests in different ways. Even if you don’t know the answer, effective test-taking strategies can increase your chances of guessing it. If you are not getting the grades that you expected, check to see where you are making mistakes.
16 Apply what you’ve learned Get a copy of a test that you’ve already takenCode your mistakes using the categories we’ve discussed Describe how you plan to address these mistakes in the future