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1 MAP Test-Taking STRATEGIES

2 Before the test

3 Preparing for map Brainstorm with group-What are 5 things you can do between now and MAP to feel most prepared?

4 Preparing for map 5 Strategies to Prepare for MAP Test: 1. Get enough sleep the night before 2. Eat a healthy/filling breakfast

5 Preparing for map 5 Strategies to Prepare for MAP Test: 3. Study MAP Terms -Research shows if you study right before you go to sleep helps to remember key information -The more times you see/hear/read a term the better chance you will remember it on the test! 4. Read! -Research shows students who read more independently do better on tests -Reading is a great way to relax before a test!

6 Preparing for map 5 Strategies to Prepare for MAP Test: 5. Stay Confident!! -Everything weve learned all year has helped you to prepare for the test -Winter Scores=Great! -Know that you CAN do it!

7 During the test

8 Brainstorm with group: What are five strategies you can use to be successful when taking the MAP test?

9 During the test Tips for MAP Success: 1. Read the Question First -Helps you to know what you are looking for when reading the passage -Sometimes you dont even need to read the passage to answer the question!

10 During the test 1. Read the Question First - Example: The Peasant was in trouble. Her aged timbers groaned and shrieked as she plunged from the wave crests into the troughs. The wind rose; spray froze on her decks. She had weathered fifty years of such batterings, fishing southeast Alaskas heavy winter seas. How much more could she take? Which line from the passage best helps create an image of cold, bitter conditions? 1. The Peasant was in trouble. 2. Her aged timbers groaned and shrieked 3. The wind rose; spray froze on her decks. 4. How much more could she take?

11 During the test Tips for MAP Success: 2. Put the Question in Your Own Words -Especially helpful if there is challenging vocabulary -Think Im looking for…, I see…

12 During the test 2. Put the Question in Your Own Words Example: Re-Write in your own words Tennis Match As a child, Emily dreamed of becoming a tennis champion. Now, she was a young professional, and the game was not going well. Emily looked down at her tennis racket, though she knew the racket was not to blame, She had practiced too long, and now her legs were in agony. The felt like lead as she headed back to the baseline. Emily stared at her opponent, clenched her teech, and pursed her lips. With sweat dripping from her forehead, Emily thre the ball into the air and slammed it over the net. What does the underlined sentence suggest about Emily? 1. She thinks her opponent is a better player. 2. She believes that her pain will cost her this game. 3. She is a determined player who does not like to lose. 4. She is a modest player who does not like to complain.

13 During the test 2. Put the Question in Your Own Words Example: Re-Write in your own words Question: What does the underlined sentence suggest about Emily? Possible Alternatives:

14 During the test *What to do if more than one answer seems to be correct? 3. Make sure your answer COMPLETELY answers the question -If any answer is only partly right-it is probably not the correct answer -If you cant find clear text support it is probably not the best answer -There are no trick questions!

15 During the test 3. Make sure your answer COMPLETELY answers the question -Example: The county does not have sufficient revenue to maintain all county roads in good condition. We must have additional sources of funds. Revenue means 1. capability 2. income 3. equipment 4. personnel

16 During the test 3. Make sure your answer COMPLETELY answers the question -Example: The county does not have sufficient revenue to maintain all county roads in good condition. We must have additional sources of funds. Revenue means 1. capability 2. income 3. equipment 4. personnel 3 and 4 seem partly correctly, but only 2 has text support

17 During the test *What to do if more than one answer seems to be correct? 4. Plug in every answer to see which one fits best -Especially important for vocabulary questions -Make sure the answer choices make sense grammatically in the sentence

18 During the test 5. Read slowly and carefully -You are allowed 2 and ½ hours to complete the test -Read the question stem carefully -Then read the passage, refer back to the question stem while reading -If you lose your place, pause, take a 30 second break, and start over again

19 During the test 6. Dont be intimidated by challenging text or vocabulary -Often you do not need to understand every word to answer the question -This is why it is important to read the questions first!

20 During the test 6. Dont be intimidated by challenging text or vocabulary Example: -Read the passage. The Peasant was in trouble. Her aged timbers groaned and shrieked as she plunged from the wave crests into the troughs. The wind rose; spray froze on her decks. She had weathered fifty years of such batterings, fishing southeast Alaskas heavy winter seas. How much more could she take? Which line from the passage best helps create an image of cold, bitter conditions? 1. The Peasant was in trouble. 2. Her aged timbers groaned and shrieked 3. The wind rose; spray froze on her decks. 4. How much more could she take? Even if you dont know what a peasant is you can still answer the question!

21 During the test 7. Change your answer only if you have a GOOD reason -Dont change your answer just because you have a feeling -That feeling is most likely nervousness -If you have a good reason why your first answer is wrong-then change your answer -Research shows when students change their answers: -Wrong to right 51% of the time -Right to wrong 25% of the time -Wrong to wrong 24% of the time

22 During the test 8. Dont Get Distracted! - Looking around can make you feel nervous (Why is everyone ahead of me?, why am I ahead of everyone else?, why is he doing that?) -Looking around can make you lose focus-force you to re-start the question-very frustrating! - Look at the clock occasionally

23 During the test I Have No Idea What the Answer Is! The length of choices can be a clue. Choose the longest. If two choices are similar, choose neither. If two choices are opposites, choose one of them. The most general alternative is usually the right answer.

24 After the test

25 After map Brainstorm with group-What are 3 ways you can reflect on your performance after MAP?

26 After map 1. Compare your performance to your preparation -Did your preparation help you to be successful? -Was there more you could have done to be successful? -What do you need to do on future tests to feel successful?

27 After map 2. Reward Yourself! -As long as you did your personal best you were successful! -You know you worked hard all year no matter what your score is reward yourself for your hard work.


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