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Good Morning! Please turn in homework to table leaders. Please see me for a ZAP form if needed. Write tonights homework in your planners. Plan for today: Short table activity. When your table has all homework turned in, the directions for the activity can be found under your bins. You may start now…… Power point on Multiple Choice Tests Table problems Homework assignment. More free powerpoints at

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How to be successful taking Multiple Choice tests.

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The main reason that capable students are not always successful:

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The main reason that capable students are not successful: STRESS!!!

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What causes the stress?

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Peer Competition.

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What causes the stress? Peer Competition. Fear of failure.

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What causes the stress? Fear of failing. Peer competition. A lack of time spent preparing Not enough sleep the night before. Any one of these can create the dreaded monster: TEST ANXIETY!!!

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Twas the Night Before Testing Go to bed on time. Be at school on the assigned test date!! Talk to your parents or teachers about any concerns that you might have about the test.

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The Morning of Testing Eat a good breakfast. Start your day as you always do – dont try cramming for the test. Do not have a tooth brush in one hand, and a math book in the other, trying to cram…. Think Positive!Think Positive!

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Multiple Choice Questions If you do not understand the directions, ask for help. Read the question. Circle or underline any key words. Try to answer a question before looking at the choices. If your answer is there, thats a good sign! Mark questions that you cant answer & continue working. Save time and return to the skipped questions, even if it is simply to mark a guess.

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Pace Yourself Dont spend too much time on any one question. Do your best and then move on. If you are completely unsure, skip it, but be sure to go back.

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Multiple Choice Questions Do not change your answers unless you are very certain that your first answer choice is wrong. Try to answer every question. Make the most intelligent guess you can.

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The Process of Elimination After you have been through all of the questions once, go back and find questions you have some knowledge about and eliminate choices that you know are incorrect. I know C isnt the answer!

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The Process of Elimination When you are unsure of an answer, try to eliminate as many answers as possible. Eliminating one or more choices increases your odds! If you can eliminate two wrong answers, your chance of choosing the right answer is greater.

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Example of eliminating answers….. You find the following question on your math test this Friday: -9 (-9) = a. -81 b. -18 c. 0 d. 81 What choices could you eliminate if you were unsure of the answer? What prior knowledge about a negative times a negative might help you?

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The Death Grip If your arm tires during testing it is probably due to the grip that you have on your pencil. Relax the grip and give those muscles a break. Do not do arm exercises during testing as this disturbs others.

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Answering Questions Don't guess blindly. If you have time to think about the best answer choice, make it! Dont answer B because its your favorite letter. Please dont choose C because its a cute letter. Answer wisely.

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Key Words key wordsphrasesFind key words or phrases in the question that will help you choose the correct answer.

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KEY WORDS CAN HELP! Find the difference……………? Find the total………………..? How much was left………………? How much did each receive………….? Four times as much………………? Understanding definitions is a huge help! To solve? To evaluate? To simplify? To compare? To graph? To identify?

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What are we answering? Make sure you understand what the question is asking. Be sure you are responding to the question that is being asked.

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Reading Passages If the test requires you to read passages and then answer questions about what you read, read the questions first first. By doing this, you will know what you are looking for as you read. This also helps you go faster on the test.

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CHARTS & GRAPHS When there are several questions about a graph or chart, read titles and axis labels before reading the question.

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Math Computation When using scratch paper on a math test, double check to make sure that you have copied the problem correctly from the test.

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Math Computation Line up place value correctly on your scratch paper (thousands, hundreds, tens, ones) or the answer will be incorrect.

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Math Computation If your answer does not match one of the choices, reread the problem, recopy the numbers, and try solving it again.

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A Matter of Time If any time remains, spend it on those questions which you were unsure of the answer. As you go back through, do not change all your answers. Remember: Your first answer is usually right.

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Its About Time Dont spend too much time rewriting or obsessing about neatness. Dont worry if you run out of time.

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Final Tips Write neatly and make sure your answers are clearly marked. Go back and make sure every question has been answered. Double-check that you have written your name on the test.

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TABLE FOUR Discuss this question and decide what strategies could be used to answer it. (elimination of wrong answers, key words, substitute possible answers in an equation, come up with answer before looking at choices, prior knowledge, etc….) A scuba diver is swimming at a depth of -12 ft. Then she dives down to a coral reef that is at five times the depth. What is the depth of the reef? A. 6.0 ft B. -60 ft C. 60 ft D ft

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TABLE THREE Discuss your question, the strategies you could use to answer, and finally, give your answer. Which quadrant would you find the ordered pair (3, -2)? A. 1 B. 2 C. 3 D. 4 E. 5

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TABLE TWO Discuss your question, the strategies you could use, and finally your answer. Last week, Cody made deposits of $45, $18, and $27 into his checking account. He then wrote checks for $21, and $93. What was the overall change in his account balance? A. The balance was increased by $24 B. The balance was reduced by $24 C. The balance remained the same D. The balance was increased by $2.40

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TABLE ONE Discuss question, strategies, and give answer. Suppose -3 is the answer to a division problem and -12 is the number being divided. What is the divisor? A. -4 B. 36 C. 4 D. -36

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TABLE 4 1/2 Discuss your question, the strategies you can use, and finally answer. Match the word to its correct definition: coordinate plane A. A plane formed by the intersection of two number lines called the x axis and the y axis. B. A plane formed by the intersection of 3 number lines called the x, the y, and the z axis. C. A plane formed by two wings, a large engine and flown by an experienced pilot.

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TABLE FOUR Discuss your question, the possible strategies you can use to solve, and finally answer. Find an equivalent fraction for: 5/7 A. 7/5 B. 5/14 C. 20/35 D. 15/21

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TABLE THREE Discuss your problem, identify the strategies you can use, and solve. Which fraction is NOT equivalent to 36/48? A. 18/24 B. 9/12 C. 4/5 D. 3/4

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TABLE TWO Discuss your question, identify the strategies you can use, and solve. Evaluate a + b for the given values: a = -5, b = -8 A. 13 B. -3 C. -13 D. 3

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TABLE ONE Discuss your problem, the strategies you can use, and solve. Find the mean for the following set of data: 10, 5, 8, 12, 40 A. 75 B. 15 C. 40 D. 17

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TABLE 4 1/2 Discuss your problem, the strategies you can use, and solve. Using the last tables data, find the range and outlier. 10, 5, 8, 12, 40 A. 30, 40 B. 40, 5 C. 35, 40 D. 40, 35

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ALL TABLES Discuss what strategies to use and come up with the correct answer. This is your question: Mrs. Szczepanik is probably the…. A. Most awesome teacher Ive ever had! B. Best teacher in the universe! C. Prettiest and funniest teacher ever! D. All of the above!

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HOMEWORK Despite all of your correct answers to the last multiple choice question, there is a bit of homework for tonight. To prepare for Fridays multiple choice test over Chapter Three, you will be given a multiple choice practice test. Remember to use the strategies you already know, and those youve learned today to help you choose the correct answers. (maybe write down the strategy used next to the problem?)

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The Death Grip If your arm tires during testing it is probably due to the grip that you have on your pencil. Relax the grip and give those muscles a break. Do not do arm exercises during testing as this disturbs others.

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