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1 THE FINAL TEST Debra Fazio

2 Achieve Your Highest Potential © 2005 Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Longman Publishers. Be prepared. Stay alert. Seek feedback on tests.

3 Taking Standardized Tests © 2005 Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Longman Publishers. Read to comprehend. Interact with the passage. Anticipate content by activating schema. Relaxdont feel rushed. Read to learn. Recall the main points.

4 Understand Major Question Types © 2005 Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Longman Publishers. Detail Questions: The author states that… According to the author… According to the passage… All of the following are true except… A person, term, or place is...

5 © 2005 Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Longman Publishers. Types of Test Passages Factual passages Opinion passages Fiction passages

6 © 2005 Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Longman Publishers. Multiple Choice & True-False Tests Read all options. Predict the correct answer. Avoid answers with 100% words. Consider answers with qualifying words. Do not overanalyze. True statements must be true without exception.

7 © 2005 Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Longman Publishers. Multiple Choice & True-False Tests If two options are synonymous, eliminate both. Figure out the difference between similar options. Use logical reasoning if two answers are correct. Look suspiciously at directly quoted pompous phrases. Simplify double negatives by canceling out both. Some questions do not have clues.

8 © 2005 Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Longman Publishers. Multiple Choice & True-False Tests Validate true responses. Recognize flaws in test-making. Eliminate responses that do not have subject-verb agreement. Use clues from other parts of the test. Longer answers are more frequently correct. Avoid absurd ideas and emotional words in the options.

9 © 2005 Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Longman Publishers. Essay-type Exams Record the statement or question. Answer the question. Organize your answer. Brainstorm ideas. Use a formal writing style. Be aware of appearance. Predict and practice. Notice key words.

10 © 2005 Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Longman Publishers. Key Words on Essay Exams Compare Contrast Criticize Define Describe Discuss Evaluate Explain Illustrate Interpret Justify List Outline Prove Relate

11 © 2005 Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Longman Publishers. Essay-type Exams Write to earn points. What main ideas need to be covered? Stick to the question and answer directly. How will the essay be scored? Read an A paper for feedback.

12 © 2005 Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Longman Publishers. Using Mnemonics Read out loud. Write it down. Create acronyms. Create acrostics. Use rhythms, rhymes, and jingles. Make associations. Create mental and key word images.

13 © 2005 Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Longman Publishers. Summary Questions How can you prepare to be mentally alert on a test? What should you know about the organization of an exam prior to taking it? How should you read standardized reading test passages?

14 © 2005 Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Longman Publishers. Summary Questions What are the major question types of standardized reading tests? How should you organize essay exam responses? Why should you seek feedback after an exam?

15 © 2005 Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Longman Publishers. Visit the Companion Website


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