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Transcript of Test Taking
1. If I know I have a test in two weeks, I’ll usually start studying...
2. My favorite place to study is...
3. The first thing I do when I receive my test is...
4. If I have an hour to complete a test, I...
5. One technique that I use to reduce test anxiety is...
6. Something I always make sure to do on the day of a test is...
7. If I don’t get a good grade on my test, I...
8. My favorite type of test question is...
9. My least favorite type of test question is...
10. One strategy that I use while I’m taking a test is...
11. One way that I like to study is...
12. The night before a test, I...
13. In order to feel well-rested before a test, I need...
Discuss and Record
Task 1: Create a list of test preparation strategies; include every activity you can think of that will enable you to fully and successfully prepare for your tests.
Task 2: Create a list of effective test taking strategies. Consider every aspect of the testing experience, from the moment you enter the classroom to the time you turn in your test.
Task 3: Create a list of strategies you should use AFTER the test to ensure that you have learned and will retain the information.
Task 1: Test Preparation Strategies
Don’t skip classes!
Identify suitable study spaces and use them regularly.
Take care of yourself.
Find out everything you can about the test.
Listen for verbal cues from your professor.
Practice ACTIVE studying!
Examples of active studying strategies include….?
Task 2: Test Taking Strategies
Be on time and prepared.
Think positively and relieve tension.
Write down mnemonics or formulas.
Survey the test.
Budget your time.
Answer the questions you know first.
Use strategies suited to different types of test questions.
Use the whole test time.
Task 3: Strategies for After the Test
Make an appointment with your professor.
Meet with a tutor in the Writing and Learning Commons.
Revise your notes.
Correct your test and keep it as a study guide.
Answer the question to yourself before looking at the choices
Read each answer choice and cross out ones you know to be wrong
Pay special attention to “all of the above” and “none of the above” options
Always write down what you know. Your professor may award partial credit. Never leave a question unanswered.
Remember: for a statement to be true, it must be entirely true
Watch out for qualifying words such as no, every, entirely, best, always, only, worse, none, many, seldom, some, etc.
Make sure you know whether items can be matched more than one time
If they can’t, match the easiest ones first and cross them out as you go
Essay or Long Answer
Read the question carefully. Are you being asked to analyze, compare, prove, illustrate, apply?
Plan – Make an outline that includes all the important facts you want to mention in your answer
Briefly answer the question in your first paragraph (this is your thesis statement); elaborate in the following paragraphs
Be specific: include quotes, numbers, names, dates, and events that support your thesis
Re-read and Edit!
Name three active study strategies you might use to review material from your classes
Write down questions as you study
Make up mnemonics for the material you are learning
Talk through ideas with a study partner, a study group, or a tutor in the Writing and Learning Commons
Make visual aids such as flash cards, diagrams, time lines, and color-coded notes
It is better to study for a test:
A. for one hour just before the test
B. for one hour a day over several days or
C. for six hours the day before the test
D. for a few minutes every day starting at
the beginning of the semester
E. both b and d
Answer: b and d
What strategy for multiple choice questions was provided in this presentation?
A. Answer the question to yourself before
reading the answers
B. Cross out answers you know to be wrong
C. Pay attention to the “all of the above”
D. All of the above!
What questions should you ask your professor about an upcoming test?
What topics will be covered on the test?
What types of test questions will be used?
How many points will each type of question be worth?
Students always perform better on a test when they’ve spent several hours reviewing the material the night before the test.
What qualifying word in the previous statement made the statement false? (Students always perform better on a test when they’ve spent several hours reviewing the material the night before the test.)
Time to Act!
What is one strategy you learned today that you plan to use on your next test?
Please complete a Workshop Evaluation before you leave!
Good luck with your next test!
Coping with Test Anxiety
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