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1 Test-taking Strategies Dealing with Test Anxiety Trenholm State Technical CollegeStudent Success CenterDr. Rebecca Ball-Coats(334)Mr. Damon K. Blythe(334)
2 Test-taking Strategies Survey and prepareRead directionsTypes of questionsreview
3 Survey and Prepare Read over entire test Read instructions CAREFULLY Figure out how much time you need to spend on each sectionDo a “mind dump” on scratch paperTake a deep breath and keep a positive outlookRead entire test to get a feel for what types of questions are asked so that you know what strategies to put into place. Also, look at what content you are being asked about.Read instructions. Sometimes you may be asked to choose ONE multiple choice answer; other times you may be able to choose ANY that fit.Budget your TIME! Once you know what’s being asked, answer in a specific order: those answers you know, then those worth the most points, then the remainder of your time on those that are more difficult.Do a “mind dump”: write definitions, mnemonic devices, anything you think you may forget in the stress of the test. Take a minute to write down info on scratch paper before you get started.RELAX! You know this stuff! Keep a positive outlook—you know the material, you’re learning the strategies, and you can be confident about the test.
4 Read Directions Be sure to read ALL the directions! Make sure you know what you’re being asked.MatchingWrite the ResponseDraw a LineTrue/FalseMultiple ChoiceOne AnswerMark All that ApplyFill in the BlankShort AnswerEssayMathDirections quiz handout
5 Types of QuestionsMatching: This is often the easiest and best place to start.True/FalseWatch out for absolutes: all, none, etc.The more detail, the more likely to be trueMultiple Choice: Read the ENTIRE question, paying attention to details.Try to answer BEFORE looking at your answer optionsAnswer what you knowProcess of EliminationQualifiers: always, never, none, all, except, etc.Grammar clues: a/an, plural, etc.Context clues development/context-clues-exercisesMatching: You eliminate answers simply by answering them!True/False: You have a 50/50 chance! If you don’t know—guess!Multiple Choice: What comes to mind first is often the correct answer. Have confidence in yourself!Context Clues: Fold paper (follow directions) and hold up your answer to the questions
6 Types of QuestionsFill in the Blank: again, context clues and read carefullyIf 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 2005Grammar clues, as with multiple choice (a/an, plurals)Short Answer: restate the question and look back at your “mind dump” notesUse the same strategies here as with Fill in the Blank questionsEssay QuestionsRead carefully and look for key words: discuss, define, compare, etc.Outline first and Proofread lastRestate the question and look back to your notes againRemember, 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 rulesPay attention to + and – signsShow all of your workPut a box around your answer so your instructor can find it easilyDon’t get bogged down—do the easy questions first, then budget your timeReview 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 forYou found the correct answer somewhere later on the testTake another deep breath and SMILE—you’re done!!
9 Dealing with Test Anxiety Prepare for your test earlyRelaxation techniques
10 Preparing For Your Test Early Check your syllabi—know when tests are comingMake study notesStudy with classmates and find a tutor if neededPredict possible test questions from your notesAsk questions about items you’re unsure of during an in class test / quiz reviewReview material periodically—don’t cram, it doesn’t workStudy in a test environment—if you usually listen to music but won’t be able to during the test, study without itTutors available at SSC and SSSCramming may work short-term for a test, but in the workplace, you’re not going to recall that information when you need it
11 Relaxation Techniques Take deep breathsFocus on relaxing muscle groups, clench then release from head to toeTalk yourself through the test and visualize finishing successfullyKnow that you are preparedYou have studiedYou have pen/pencil/any materials neededHave 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)