Test taking skills Test taking skills Tips for improvement Presented by the ACCESS Center
Timing is important!! Make better use of your time, be organized!! Use your peak times for recall! Use small slots of time “don’t cram!”
Know Yourself! You are your best resource Use positive reinforcement! Be responsible! “See the things you want as already yours. Think of them as yours, as belonging to you, as already in your possession.” Robert Collier
What is the purpose? Understand your teacher’s goals See connections, look for key ideas Look at the syllabus!
Essay Tests Look at the Whole Picture! What is the Teacher asking you? Write and use an Outline Monitor your time Identify Key words! Edit, proofread!
Essay terms: Analyze: divide, parts Analyze: divide, parts Compare:similar Compare:similar Contrast: different Contrast: different Critique:judgement Critique:judgement Define:meaning Define:meaning Describe:paint a picture Describe:paint a picture Diagram:Chart relationships Diagram:Chart relationships Discuss:examine what is important Discuss:examine what is important Evaluate:standards, strengths, weaknesses Evaluate:standards, strengths, weaknesses Explain: why? Explain: why? Illustrate: examples Illustrate: examples Interpret: lesson Interpret: lesson Justify: logical reason Justify: logical reason Narrate: you tell story Narrate: you tell story Outline: order Outline: order Prove: convince Prove: convince Relate: influences Relate: influences Review: summary and comment Review: summary and comment Summary: main points Summary: main points Trace: connections Trace: connections
MATH Tests Understand the problem Control Interruptions Check your WORK!!!
Objective Testing Look for Clues! Start with what you know What about guessing?
ANXIETY S.T.A.R. S. Stretch: get physical! Tense: understand tension Air: Breathe, focus on control Release and relax Suggestion: Use the power of positive suggestion!
Celebrate!! You can succeed!! “Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.” Jesse Jackson