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Title: College Test Taking

College Test Taking
  • From time to time, you will be called upon to
    show what you know! in the arena of Testing.
  • What follows is information designed to aid you
    in doing your very best

First Foremost
  • Put the test in perspective.
  • Of course, you want to do your best, but
  • This test is not the end of the world, all you
    are doing is putting marks on a piece of paper or
    on a computer screen.
  • Be prepared. Relax.
  • Know that you will pass the test with flying

Planning Your Approach
  • Prepare physically for the exam.
  • Prepare mentally for the exam.
  • Find out about the test.
  • Know what is expected of you.
  • Design an exam plan.
  • Join a study group.
  • Use tutoring and other campus support resources.

Tips for Taking Tests
  • Get a good nights sleep, eat a hearty breakfast.
  • Bring necessary supplies to class.
  • Relax and control your breathing.
  • Begin by previewing the entire test.
  • Ask any questions regarding the instructions.
  • Dont linger on hard questions move on.
  • Dont get distracted by others finishing before
  • Ask for clarification when necessary.
  • Use clues in the test to jog your memory.
  • Re-check your work before handing it in.

Before all else!
Be Prepared!
Aids to Memory
Ah, yes,I remember it well.
  • Over-learn the materialgo over it again and
  • Use multiple sensesread, discuss, draw.
  • Categorize the information.
  • Use mnemonics.
  • Associate ideas to things you already know.
  • Visualize the concepts.
  • Use flash cards.
  • Use rhymes, songs, and acronyms.

Dont let it get to youControl Your Test Anxiety
  • Manage your pre-test time wisely.
  • Re-program Talk positively to yourself.
  • Eat well get some exercise.
  • Dont use drugs in an attempt to reduce anxiety.
    Better to do breathing exercises.
  • Find support a friend, a tutor or an instructor.
  • Keep the test in perspective.
  • Know that you are ready!

Its only a test. Chill out!
Know What to Expect Be Ready!
  • Will you be able to sit in your usual seat?
  • Will your instructor be present?
  • Ask your instructor questions that will clarify
    circumstances surrounding the exam when? How
    long? How many questions?
  • What will be the format of the test?
  • What do students who completed the course before
    you say about tests?
  • What will security be like?
  • Are you penalized for guessing?

Knowledge is power!
Avoid Cramming for Tests
  • Regularly check the syllabus or calendar
    highlighting exam dates.
  • Make a study plan for each exam.
  • Keep up with assigned readings
  • Review class notes regularly.
  • Reward yourself for preparing productively.
  • Plan to reserve the night before for concentrated
  • A little at a time is much better than all at

Not effective!
But If You Have No Choice, Cram Strategically
  • Ideas for last-minute concentrated study
  • Clear the decks no distractions.
  • Use textbook study aids.
  • Skim for highlights main ideas.
  • Divide and conquer one thing at a time.
  • Bring required academic supplies.
  • Bring supplies for your spirit candy, gum,
  • etc.
  • Organize your resources.
  • Get some sleep.

Take It Easy...
Strategies for Various Tests
  • One strategy that works for almost all tests
  • If an answer comes quickly, go with it!
  • If youre really not sure, come back to it later.
  • Otherwise, different tests have different
  • Objective tests
  • Subjective tests

Should I or shouldnt I ?
Objective Subjective Tests
  • Objective tests include
  • multiple choice
  • matching
  • true-false
  • fill in the blank
  • Subjective tests
  • Short answer
  • Essay questions
  • Good study strategies include
  • using flash cards
  • making a concept vocabulary list
  • reviewing your texts study guide
  • reviewing your notes
  • work with a tutor
  • join a study group

Apply yourself diligently!
Multiple Choice Strategies
  • Read the question carefully and try to answer it
    before you read the choices.
  • Strike out wrong answers.
  • Mark answers clearly and consistently.
  • Change answers cautiously. Beware of
    second-guessing yourself.
  • Read all the options before making a choice.
  • If you dont know an answer, move on.
  • If all else fails, make an educated guess!!

True-False Strategies
  • Read the question carefully.
  • Go with your hunch.
  • Watch for key words
  • Absolutes (never, etc.) are probably false
  • Relatives (some, etc.) are probably true
  • Double negatives not untruthful, etc.
  • If a part of it is false, all of it is false.
  • Answer all questions unless there isa penalty
    for guessing.

Remember There is no in-between.
Fill-in-the-Blank Strategies
And the magic word is _______ I knew it all the
  • Read thoroughly to be sure what is being asked.
  • Be brief and specific.
  • Give an answer for every blank.
  • Short blanks may have long answers and vice
    versa. Dont assume anything.
  • Remember an a before a blank wants a consonant
    word and an a vowel word.
  • Watch for key trigger words.

Short Answer Strategies
  • These questions demonstrate how well you can
    explain concepts briefly.
  • Write clear, logical, and brief answers.
  • Writing more than asked for or including
    information not asked for suggests that you do
    not understand the concepts.
  • Other items on the test may provide clues to help
    you answer questions that stump you.

I knew that!
Essay Question Strategies
  • Read the question carefully.
  • What is the question asking for?
  • Outline the key ideas.
  • Refer specifically to the question in your
    opening sentence.
  • Make a clear, coherent thesis statement.
  • Develop the main body of the essay to support
    your thesis statement.
  • Conclude by summarizing how your thesis is
  • Watch grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Use humor if it fits in.
  • Be sure you have completely answered the
  • Write legibly.
  • Proofread your work.

You can do it!
Okay, you flunked it!Now recover your balance.
  • Dont let yourself become undone by one failure.
  • Use the disappointment to critically think about
  • the causes of the poor performance
  • crafting new strategies to improve your
  • Begin by reviewing your test results.
  • Talk to your instructor or a tutor.

Knowing When to Challenge
  • Check to see that your grade has been calculated
  • Identify questions that were not clearly written.
  • Ask for a grade change if
  • you believe the instructor misunderstood you
  • the instructor made a actual error in calculating
    your score.
  • Remember, instructors are unlikely to change a
    grade without good reason.

Sure, Ill look at it. We all make mistakes.
Handle EmergenciesHonestly
  • Sometimes life gets in the way of test taking.
    Illness, sick children, and car accidents can and
    do happen to interfere with your ability to take
    an exam at its scheduled time.
  • Call your instructor before the test to explain
    your situation.
  • Ask if you can take a make-up exam in a courteous
    and respectful manner.
  • Be prepared to document the cause of your absence.

Tempted to cheat? Resist the Impulse
  • Cheating can have ugly consequences
  • Cheaters struggle with a nagging conscience,
    self-doubt, dissatisfaction, and guilt.
  • Humiliation results if you get caught.
  • You may, at least, receive a 0 on your exam, or
    possibly be expelled from the college or
  • Professors who catch you cheating may spread the
    word and refuse to write letters of
    recommendation, ruining chances for graduate
    study or participation in special programs.
  • And remember the person you cheat the most is

Honesty is always the best policy!
Finally, one more timeThe Big Three
  • Be prepared!
  • Relax!
  • Know you can do it!

Yes, you can!