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Test Taking Skills

CHASS ASI Test Taking talk 4/27/11
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Stephen McDonough

on 17 April 2012

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D) Stress : Anxiety :: Performance : ________ Test-Taking Strategies Instructions: 5. Which are parts of a MC question? A. The stem (question) B. The Options (choices) C. Distracters D. All of the Above need to know about tests; (c) What you need to know about yourself and what we will talk about today. Understand the following (a) Why we use tests; (b) What you Analysis Application Comprehension Knowledge Synthesis Evaluation 1. What are the most important things to know about tests? 1. People create tests and there are no perfect tests.
2. Every test has an education goal/objective.
3. Six types of education goals require you to think
in a certain way and form a hierarchy:
a. Knowledge d. Analysis
b. Comprehension e. Synthesis
c. Application f. Evaluation

4. Knowing what are the education goals will help you know how to prepare.
5. Tests relate to the facts you have learned. 2. Explain how we know if a test is good or not? - Turn Page - - STOP - We have to look at Reliability and Validity.
- Reliability - a test is reliable if you get the same results.
- Validity - a test is valid when it measures what it is suppose to.
3. List important facts to know about yourself
when preparing & taking a test? Introduction Test-Taking Strategies Presenter: Stephen McDonough 4. What will this presentation cover & why? Four types of questions:
1. Multiple-Choice
2. True/False
3. Short Answer
4. Essay Three things to know about each:
1. How the question will look
2. How to study for the question
3. How to think about the question [The Taxonomy of Educational Objectives (Bloom et al., 1956 ; Anderson & Krathwohl, 2001)] Multiple-Choice (MC) True/False 6. Which are types of MC questions? A. Recognition & Recall B. Reading & Reasoning C. A & B D. Pure Evil Reliable but not Valid Not Reliable or Valid Reliable & Valid - Turn Page - Short Answer /Fill-in-the-Blank/ Matching Essay 7. Circle all methods of studying for MC A. Look for facts that could be used in a MC format B. Study the Info backwards and forwards C. Generalize larger concepts (e.g., theories or people) D. Don't study, choose C for every even number & B for
the odd number questions A) Present the information in a structured,
organized manner that is straight-forward. B) Take some time and plan.
- List the important facts
- Group facts logically
- Remember someone has to read this
- make sure they know you know what
you are talking about C) Follow a Recipe:
1. Intro. paragraph: thesis statement and your plan
2. Para. 2 one clear reason to support thesis
3. Para. 3-? another clear reason to support thesis
4. Conclusion: remind the reader of your thesis and
what you presented to support your thesis
9. You have a 50/50 chance of being wrong. T F 10. T-F questions provide a statement & you T F
have to decide if it is true. 11. One word can change the whole meaning, T F
so you have to read carefully! 12. The following is structure of the T-F T F
Question. A) Study Habits C) Don't Over Think! - Turn Page - B) Study Smart Answering Strategies
1. Underline Key Words
2. Eliminate the Incorrect Distracters,
3. Watch for Tricky Questions.
4. Read Stems Carefully!
5. Know the Question Types.
6. Beware the Absolute!
7. Do the Easy Work 1st
8. Long Stem, Read Options 1st
Study Tips 1. Know your facts
2. When you study write information
in multiple choice format
3. Be able to tell the difference
between different theories, people,
places events.
4. Organize your information visually

Study Tips Answering Strategies
1. Study the facts
2. Quiz yourself with T-F questions
3. Look for absolutes
- Facts that are "always" or "never"
true are good T-F questions
4. Keep your facts straight
- Group key concepts by categories
5. Study logically

1. Look for Absolutes like:
- always, never, best, worst, none,
all, only, everyone, or no one
- Often these are False
2. Look for Qualifiers:
- Words that change entire meaning
- Such as: very little or sometimes
3. Look for Negatives
4. Rewrite misleading questions

Study Tips Answering Strategies
1. Know the facts backwards &
forwards
2. Think of key points of information
that separate facts, people, or groups
3. Visually organize your study guides
4. Practice matching
- For example, states & capitols


1. Be sure to read the stem carefully
2. If there are MC questions on the
test do any of them help?
3. Underline key information
- ________ was the 1st president.
4. Relax and answer the ones you
know 1st.

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Figure 1 Photograph 1 Photograph 2 Figure 2 Photograph 4 Quality A - Relationship - Quality B 13. Here is the structure of a short answer ______. Stem + Fill-In 14. SA _______ require recall of information. questions questions 15. Matching _______ require recall of the
relationship between pieces of information. questions G. Washington Photograph 6 Photograph 4 1. Group your information in a meaningful way.

2. Make use of drawings and pictures to help remember
information.

3. Spend more time studying topics the professor or books talk a
lot about.

4. Listen for clues in class, such as this will be on the test.

5. Break up your studying into manageable chunks.

6. Get a good nights sleep before you take a test.
General Study Habits General Testing Strategies 1. Do not rush through the test.

2. Read everything carefully.

3. Do the easy questions first.

4. Manage your time.

5. Write on your test make codes to indicate you guessed.

6. At the end evaluate how you did see if your study
habits need to change. November 16, 2011
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