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1 Strategies for Taking Standardized Tests

2 Directions Read silently and Take Cornell Notes on the
“The Golden Rules of Test Taking” (8 Rules)

3 The Golden Rules of Test Taking

4 You do not have to answer correctly to pass the test.
Golden Rule #1 You do not have to answer all of the questions correctly to pass the test.

5 Be sure that you answer all of the questions, leaving nothing blank.
Golden Rule #2 #2 Be sure that you answer all of the questions, leaving nothing blank. You are not penalized for guessing. There are questions you can get some credit for if you have a “piece” of the answer.

6 Golden Rule #3 Use your time wisely
If you get stuck on a question, make the best guess or place a mark in the test booklet by that item and go back to it after finishing that section of the test. #3

7 Be sure you understand exactly
Golden Rule #4 Listen carefully to your teacher when directions are given (especially the constructed response and short answer questions.) Be sure you understand exactly what you have to do for each part of the test. #4

8 Golden Rule 5 Look for key words in test directions
#5 Examples are: choose describe explain compare identify similar except not but

9 Golden Rule #6 Read each question carefully and think before you answer.
Be sure that you understand the question before you start to compare answers. If you’re not sure which answer is correct, eliminate choices that you know are incorrect. Then, focus on the remaining choices.

10 Golden Rule #7 Mark your answer choice with a circle in your test booklet. This will help you: Go back to answer questions that you were unsure of. Double check that your answer choice is correctly recorded in your answer document. #7

11 Golden Rule #8 Pace Yourself
Don’t spend too much time on any one question. Do your best and then move on. Answer the easiest questions first, but be sure to go back to those questions you skipped.

12 Further Directions Continue with this power point and on the same sheet of paper, Identify at least 9 other things you should do when taking a test.

13 Answering Questions Don't guess blindly, but if you have time to think about the best answer choice, make it!

14 Multiple Choice Questions
Read the question and all answer choices before marking anything.

15 Multiple Choice Questions
Do not change your answers unless you are very uncertain about your first answer choice. Try to answer every question. Make the most intelligent guess you can.

16 The Process of Elimination
After you have been through all of the answer choices once, go back and find answers that you have some knowledge about and eliminate choices that you know are incorrect. I know C isn’t the answer!

17 The Process of Elimination
If you can eliminate two wrong answers, your chance of choosing the right answer is greater.

18 Skip, Return, Check If you finish early, check to make sure you have answered all questions.

19 A Matter of Time Remember: Your first guess is usually right.
If any time remains, spend it on those questions about which you know nothing or almost nothing. As you go back through, do not change all answers. Remember: Your first guess is usually right.

20 It’s About Time Don’t spend too much time rewriting or obsessing about neatness. Don’t worry if you run out of time.

21 Reading Passages read the questions first.
If the test requires you to read passages and then answer questions about what you read, read the questions first. By doing this, you will know what you are looking for as you read. This also helps you go faster on the test.

22 Reading Passages When there are several questions about a reading passage or chart, look for clues in other questions that will help you with those items about which you are unsure.

23 Math Computation When using scratch paper on a math test, double check to make sure that you have copied the problem correctly from the test booklet!

24 Math Computation Line up place value correctly on your scratch paper (thousands, hundreds, tens, ones) or the answer will be incorrect.

25 Math Computation If your answer does not match one of the choices, reread the problem, recopy the numbers, and try solving it again.

26 Math Measurement It is so important that you line up the edge of the ruler with the object you are measuring.

27 Final Tips Fill in bubbles fully, write neatly, and erase stray marks.
Double-check the test number in your test booklet against the answer sheet every few questions to be sure you haven’t gotten on the wrong number.

28 Twas the Night Before Testing……….
Get a really good night’s sleep. Prepare for the next school day by getting your clothes out, book sack packed, etc.

29 The Morning of Testing Think Positive!
Start your day as you always do. Eat a good breakfast. Think of what you will do to relax after you get home from school. Think Positive!

30 Thank you, Mr. Know-it-all!
Remember it's okay not to know everything — unlike class tests, these tests will have some questions designed to challenge the limits of your knowledge at a grade level above your current grade.

31 “Learning is not a spectator sport!”
And remember…… “Learning is not a spectator sport!” D. Blocher

32 Last assignment Explain, in paragraph form, what the quote, “ Learning is not a spectator sport”, means to you.

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