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1 1 Test Taking Strategies for Aviation Meteorology (AMT 220)

2 2 The Two Parts to Test-Taking Preparing before the test Preparing before the test –studying, reviewing Taking the test Taking the test

3 3 Strategies to Assist you This Week Recognize that the Mid term exam you are going to take is multiple choice. Recognize that the Mid term exam you are going to take is multiple choice. This week you need to start studying for a multiple choice exam, rather than a problem based test. This week you need to start studying for a multiple choice exam, rather than a problem based test.

4 4 Multiple Choice Exam Strategies As you read the question, write the question out on scratch paper that will be available, then underline key terms. This is ESPECIALLY important for Word problems. As you read the question, write the question out on scratch paper that will be available, then underline key terms. This is ESPECIALLY important for Word problems. For word problems For word problems –Break the question into smaller parts. Sometimes long questions are hard to keep up with. –Read slowly, sentence by sentence, and make sure you understand each part rather than focusing on the question as a whole. It may help to cover part of the stem or some of the options with your hand so you can focus better. It may help to cover part of the stem or some of the options with your hand so you can focus better.

5 5 Multiple Choice Exam Strategies Don't read anything in or out of the question. Don't read anything in or out of the question. –For example if the problem asks you to SOLVE, solve it. –If the problem asks you to FACTOR then factor it, DO NOT solve.

6 6 Multiple Choice Exam Strategies Pay attention to specific instructions: Pay attention to specific instructions: –For word problems: you are being asked to solve. –For questions that ask you to SOLVE: solve –For questions that ask you to FACTOR: factor (dont solve)

7 7 Multiple Choice Exam Strategies Watch your time. Watch your time. –There are only 50 items and you have 75 minutes.That gives you 1.5 min. per item. –Dont waste time on questions you really dont know. Get the easy ones done first, check your time, and start in on the more difficult ones. DONT LET YOUR SELF GET TOO RUSHED! DONT LET YOUR SELF GET TOO RUSHED!

8 8 How Can I Decide Between Two Very Close Answers? When you don't know the correct response, compare each option with the stem and analyze how each is different. When you don't know the correct response, compare each option with the stem and analyze how each is different. –One response may have something that others do not have. Examine opposites carefully Examine opposites carefully –one is definitely incorrect, and one is likely to be correct.

9 9 I Often Lose Concentration While Taking Multiple-choice Tests. How Do I Keep That From Happening? Try to focus on each question in turn. Try to focus on each question in turn. Don't worry about one question while trying to answer another. Don't worry about one question while trying to answer another. You may even wish to cover up all of the other questions besides the one you are working on. You may even wish to cover up all of the other questions besides the one you are working on. Starbucks! & Rest Starbucks! & Rest

10 10 Strategies Start with what you know. This can give you a clearer focus than trying to answer questions you don't know. Start with what you know. This can give you a clearer focus than trying to answer questions you don't know. A question later on might trigger your knowledge about how to do this one. A question later on might trigger your knowledge about how to do this one. If you dont know it, you dont know it. Press on to what you do know and dont worry over it. If you dont know it, you dont know it. Press on to what you do know and dont worry over it.

11 11 I don't seem to study the right information. I get to the material on the test and discover that I don't know any of it. There are two parts to test taking -- one is the actual taking of the test and the other is the preparation for the test. There are two parts to test taking -- one is the actual taking of the test and the other is the preparation for the test. All of the test-taking strategies in the world will not help you whiz through a test if you haven't prepared properly. All of the test-taking strategies in the world will not help you whiz through a test if you haven't prepared properly. –By taking the section assessments and asking for help when you need it you will be preparing for the test.

12 12 If you are taking the test and feel totally lost, there are still some test- taking strategies you can use. If you are taking the test and feel totally lost, there are still some test- taking strategies you can use. –For instance, use the test itself as a source of information. Many times teachers will unwittingly supply the answer to one question in another part of the test. Many times teachers will unwittingly supply the answer to one question in another part of the test. You may also have your memory triggered by another type of question later on in the test. You may also have your memory triggered by another type of question later on in the test. I don't seem to study the right information. I get to the material on the test and discover that I don't know any of it.

13 13 Answer the questions that you know first and save the difficult questions for later. Answer the questions that you know first and save the difficult questions for later. You can boost your confidence by starting with material that you know. You can boost your confidence by starting with material that you know. I don't seem to study the right information. I get to the material on the test and discover that I don't know any of it.

14 14 I don't seem to study the right information. I get to the material on the test and discover that I don't know any of it. If there are sections of the test that you have really not seen before, remember what those sections are, and study them for the second try. If there are sections of the test that you have really not seen before, remember what those sections are, and study them for the second try. You can study more strategically after you have seen the test. You can study more strategically after you have seen the test.

15 15 Example: working backwards 1)Factor by grouping: a) b) c) d)

16 16 Example: Eliminating Answers Which Federal Agency is responsible for Airport Security? Which Federal Agency is responsible for Airport Security? A FAA A FAA B TSA B TSA C DOD C DOD D ICAO D ICAO

17 17 Example: Be careful, don t pick answer to quickly. 3) Simplify: a) 1 b) -1 c) 9 d) 0


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