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Test Taking 101

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Shoshana Zeisman-Pereyo

on 4 September 2012

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Shoshana Zeisman, Ed.D. Test Taking 101: The Path to Success 1. What to do before taking the test.
2. What to do during the test.
3. What to do after taking the test. Test taking is a process.....The three steps of successful test taking are: 1. Be prepared for each and every class.
Complete all readings prior to class.
Bring necessary materials (i.e. books, paper, writing utensils).

2. Take complete notes during class.
Use Cornell note taking method.
Have a system to notify yourself when you get lost during lecture.
Leave blank space within your notes to fill in later with information either from your book or from working with a study group.

3. Visit your faculty members during office hours to ask any questions.

4. STUDY, STUDY, STUDY....
Form study groups.
Review all course material within 24 hours and daily prior to test.
Utilize any study guides, quizzes, or previous tests.

5. Visualize success.

6. Prepare yourself physically and emotionally. Step 1: What to do before the test. 1. Preview the test.
2. Make a test-smart plan.
Answer easy questions first.
Spend time in proportion to points available. Step 2: What to do during the test. True/False Questions
If any part of the statement is false, the answer is false.
If the question contains an unconditional word (all, every, only, never, or always), the answer is probably false.
If the question contains a conditional word (some, a few, occasionally, or often), the answer is probably true. Multiple Choice Questions
Try to answer question before looking at the answers.
Read all choices first.
Skip questions you are unsure about.
Use information from questions on the same topic.
When in doubt, scratch it out.
Use process of elimination. Essay Questions
Read directions carefully. Underline any of the following words: define, compare, contrast, describe, evaluate, summarize, explain.
Underline key terms.
Outline your answer.
Include a brief intro and conclusion....and a paragraph for each main point. Breathe.
Reward yourself.
Study the instructor's feedback....learn from your test.
Analyze your errors.
Get help. What to do after the test. 1. Arrive early, but not too early.
2. Preview the entire test first.
3. Plan your approach.
How are the points allotted?
Are there time limits for each section?
4. Map out your time.
5. Follow instructions - do what is asked of you and only what is asked of you.
Don't over-analyze or over-interpret questions.
Answer the questions as the instructor intends it.
Interpret the question within the scope of the class.
6. Be clear about your job.
Focus on your job - the thinking process.
Let go of what you can't control - the grading process.
7. Remain calm.
Don't panic.
Go for partial credit whenever possible.
Go to another question or another part of the test if you blank.
Take deep, slow breaths if necessary.
Use positive self-talk. Test Taking Tips 101
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