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1 Test-taking Strategies Dealing with Test Anxiety TRENHOLM STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER Dr. Rebecca Ball-Coats (334) Mr. Damon K. Blythe (334)

2 Test-taking Strategies SURVEY AND PREPARE READ DIRECTIONS TYPES OF QUESTIONS REVIEW

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 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

7 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

8 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!!

9 Dealing with Test Anxiety PREPARE FOR YOUR TEST EARLY RELAXATION TECHNIQUES

10 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

11 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!!!

12 Questions? Trenholm State Technical College Student Success Center Dr. Rebecca Ball-Coats (334) Mr. Damon K. Blythe (334)


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