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Test-taking Strategies Dealing with Test Anxiety TRENHOLM STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER Dr. Rebecca Ball-Coats (334) Mr. Damon K. Blythe (334)
Test-taking Strategies SURVEY AND PREPARE READ DIRECTIONS TYPES OF QUESTIONS REVIEW
Survey and Prepare Read over entire test Read instructions CAREFULLY Figure out how much time you need to spend on each section Do a “mind dump” on scratch paper Take a deep breath and keep a positive outlook
Read Directions Be sure to read ALL the directions! Make sure you know what you’re being asked. Matching Write the Response Draw a Line True/False Multiple Choice One Answer Mark All that Apply Fill in the Blank Short Answer Essay Math
Types of Questions Matching: This is often the easiest and best place to start. True/False Watch out for absolutes: all, none, etc. The more detail, the more likely to be true Multiple Choice: Read the ENTIRE question, paying attention to details. Try to answer BEFORE looking at your answer options Answer what you know Process of Elimination Qualifiers: always, never, none, all, except, etc. Grammar clues: a/an, plural, etc. Context clues development/context-clues-exercises development/context-clues-exercises
Types of Questions Fill in the Blank: again, context clues and read carefully If you’re not sure, but you remember something, write it down. You may get partial credit. Consider the number of lines to be filled in, if more than one. Be general, if you’re not sure: 2000s instead of 2005 Grammar clues, as with multiple choice (a/an, plurals) Short Answer: restate the question and look back at your “mind dump” notes Use the same strategies here as with Fill in the Blank questions Essay Questions Read carefully and look for key words: discuss, define, compare, etc. Outline first and Proofread last Restate the question and look back to your notes again Remember, essays are not only about what you know but how well you can explain/describe it to your reader
Types of Questions Math Questions The same strategies apply! Do a “mind dump” of formulas and rules Pay attention to + and – signs Show all of your work Put a box around your answer so your instructor can find it easily Don’t get bogged down—do the easy questions first, then budget your time Review to make sure you have answered what the question is asking— especially with word problems
Review Leave time to review your test before you turn it in/submit it Did you answer EVERY question? Don’t change any answers unless you are 150% sure you made a mistake, usually this only happens when: You realize you read the question incorrectly and gave an answer that wasn’t what was asked for You found the correct answer somewhere later on the test Take another deep breath and SMILE—you’re done!!
Dealing with Test Anxiety PREPARE FOR YOUR TEST EARLY RELAXATION TECHNIQUES
Preparing For Your Test Early Check your syllabi—know when tests are coming Make study notes Study with classmates and find a tutor if needed Predict possible test questions from your notes Ask questions about items you’re unsure of during an in class test / quiz review Review material periodically—don’t cram, it doesn’t work Study in a test environment—if you usually listen to music but won’t be able to during the test, study without it
Relaxation Techniques Take deep breaths Focus on relaxing muscle groups, clench then release from head to toe Talk yourself through the test and visualize finishing successfully Know that you are prepared You have studied You have pen/pencil/any materials needed Have confidence in yourself! You’ve got this!!!
Questions? Trenholm State Technical College Student Success Center Dr. Rebecca Ball-Coats (334) Mr. Damon K. Blythe (334)