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1 Preparing for and Taking Tests
STUDY SKILLS Preparing for and Taking Tests

2 Preparing for & Taking Tests
Five Day Test Preparation Plan DETER Strategy Multiple Choice Tests True/False Tests Matching Tests Completion Tests QUOTE Strategy for Essay Tests

3 Five Day Test Preparation Plan
Read textbook & class notes Look at any handouts from your class Highlight the information in your notes & handouts that you will need to know Day 4 Use the Remembering Strategies and practice what you will need to know know

4 Five Day Test Preparation Plan
Rewrite the information in a brief form using the fewest words possible Use the Remembering Strategies to review your rewritten notes at least twice per day Day 2 Think of questions your teacher might ask you on the test Write each question and answer Day 1

5 Five Day Test Preparation Plan
The Day of the test! Review rewritten notes from Day 3 Review questions & answers from Day 2 You can do these things while eating breakfast, riding to school, or eating lunch Just before the test, go over any information you are having difficulty remembering

6 DETER strategy Five Step test-taking steps to help you remember
Use when ready to take your test D – Directions E - Examine T - Time E - Easiest R - Review

7 D E T E R D E Read the test directions carefully
Ask for an explanation of anything you don’t understand E Examine the entire test to see how much you need to do Do this right after reading the directions

8 D E T E R T Decide how much time you should spend answering each item on the test See how many items there are & how much they are worth Spend the most time on the items worth the most points E Begin by answering the items that are easiest for you Then answer as many of the remaining questions that you can

9 D E T E R R If you finish before time is up, review your answers
Make sure they are accurate and complete

10 Multiple Choice Tests Read the question or statement
Underline key words: Not, all, some,except These words can give you clues to the correct answer Read the question or statement with each answer choice This can help you decide which choice is correct

11 Multiple Choice Tests When you decide an answer choice is incorrect
Cross it out by drawing a line through it If you crossed out all the choices except one Select this as your answer If you are left with more than one answer choice Reread the question or statement with the remaining choices, then choose the best one

12 Multiple Choice Tests Answer all items unless there is a penalty for incorrect answers Check your answers to make sure they are correct Change an answer only if you are sure it is incorrect

13 True/False Tests Choose TRUE unless you know the statement is FALSE
For a statement to be TRUE, everything about the statement must be TRUE Be careful when a statement has a negative such as not, do not, or in (infrequent) and un (unfriendly) A negative can completely change the meaning of the statement

14 True/False Tests If a statement has two negatives, cross out both negatives This will make it easier for you to understand the statement Absolute statements are usually FALSE Absolute statements include words such as All, every, never, no Qualified statements are usually TRUE Qualified statements include terms such as Some, most, sometimes, rarely

15 Matching Tests Read all the items in both columns before making any matches Start by making the matches about which you are sure Cross out items in both columns as you make matches Make your best guess for remaining items, unless there is a penalty for guessing

16 Completion Tests Read the item and think about what is missing
Write an answer that logically completes the item Be sure your answer fits the item grammatically Use the length of the line as a clue to the length of the answer Unless the length of the blank is the same for all answers After you write the answer, read the entire answer to make sure it makes sense

17 QUOTE strategy for Essay tests
Q – Question Look for direction (discuss, describe, explain) U – Underline Words that help focus on ideas to develop answers O – Organize/Write The facts & write your answer T – Time Decide how much time to spend on answering each item E – Evaluate The content & organization of what you wrote & your mechanics

18 QUOTE strategy for Essay tests
Q – Question Ask “What is the direction word in the test item?” There are three main direction words Discuss Give reasons behind points of view Describe Present a detailed picture of something in words Explain Give the reason for something

19 QUOTE strategy for Essay tests
Q – Question Other Direction Words List Present information in some order Trace State a series of events in logical order Relate Show how two or more things are related Diagram Create a visual representation to show something

20 QUOTE strategy for Essay tests
Q – Question Other Direction Words Compare Tell how two or more things are alike and different Criticize Make positive and negative comments about something Evaluate Judge the merits of something using certain criteria Summarize State the major points about something

21 QUOTE strategy for Essay Tests
U – Underline After you have identified the direction word, underline the words that help you focus on the ideas to develop in your answer

22 QUOTE strategy for Essay Tests
O – Organize/Write Look at or write the words you underlined in the essay test item Write the facts that are related to the words you underlined Organize the facts by creating a graphic organizer Using the graphic organizer as a guide, write your answer

23 QUOTE strategy for Essay Tests
Writing a One-Paragraph Answer Begin with an introductory sentence that contains your main point Follow with sentences that support your point End your answer with a sentence that states your conclusion Writing a Multiple-Paragraph Answer Begin with an introductory paragraph that contains your main point Follow with additional paragraphs, each with a supporting point End with a paragraph in which you state your conclusion

24 QUOTE strategy for Essay Tests
T – Time Determine the total time you have to complete the test Consider how many points each item is worth Plan to use more time for items that count for more points Write in front of each question, the amount of time for each item Make sure your plan for answering is not greater than the total amount of time allowed Revise plan if needed

25 QUOTE strategy for Essay Tests
E – Evaluate (answer these questions) Content I answered all parts of the item I included all the relevant facts All my facts are accurate Writing My answer begins with an introduction My answer has supporting points My answer ends with a conclusion

26 QUOTE strategy for Essay Tests
E – Evaluate (answer these questions) Mechanics My handwriting is legible (if handwritten) I spelled all words correctly I used correct punctuation I used correct grammar

27 References: Teaching Learning Strategies and Study Skills to Students with Learning Disbilities, Attention Deficit Disorders or Special Needs BY: Stephen S. Strichart & Charles T. Mangrum II RM Seuc CCPS


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