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Test Taking Strategies
Transcript of Test Taking Strategies
The DETER Method:
to deter failing
Eliminate answers and increase your chances.
Read all the answer choices.
Read the question carefully.
Look for words like NOT, EXCEPT, MUST, NONE.
Look for absolute words in the answer choices.
Notice the grammar/wording in the question.
Other types of Questions
by: Callie Rose Blackshear and Brandee Eisele
The last night should just be review
Get everything ready before going to bed
Get enough sleep
Avoid outside anxiety-provoking issues
24 Hours until Test Time
Energize your brain with a satisfied stomach
Eat something that will give you sustained energy, like proteins. Don’t rely on short-term energy (sugar or caffeine).
Arrive early, but don’t socialize
Stay relaxed and confident
The Day of the Test
Focus on doing well, not on failing
Prove yourself and what you know.
If you find yourself losing focus
Take a deep breath.
Say positive self-statements: “I can do this.”
Don’t think about anyone else
During the Test
Worst test taking experience?
Underline important words in the question.
Try to eliminate choices.
Choose all of the above if at least 2 answers are obviously correct.
Choose none of the above if at least 2 answers are obviously wrong.
If in doubt, go for the most detailed.
When finished, review the entire exam.
Multiple Choice Summary
Underline important words in the question
Watch your time.
Read each question carefully.
Know what’s being asked for.
Do the easy questions first. Come back to the hard problems later.
Use scratch paper if possible and be detailed.
Translate words to math, when possible.
Double-check answer with the question.
The Essay Test
Plan your time wisely.
Analyze the prompt carefully to understand what is being asked. Answer all parts of the prompt.
“analyze”, “compare/contrast”, “describe”, “evaluate”, “justify”, “summarize”
Do a rough outline of your response.
Refer to your outline frequently.
Neatness and grammar count.
Read your essay.
1. The function of the luteinizing hormone (LH) is to:
A. trigger ovulation in females.
B. trigger ovulation in males.
C. help people learn how to play the lute.
D. there is no such thing as luteinizing hormone.
2. Which of the following statements about La Sierra University is incorrect?
A. The president of La Sierra University is Dr. Wisbey.
B. The fitness center is next to the tennis courts.
C. University Worship is on Mondays from 11am-12noon.
D. The chemistry department is located in Palmer Hall.
3. Which of the following is not false?
A. Most of South America is below the equator.
B. The Canary Islands are found west of Africa.
C. The United States share a border with Canada.
D. All of the above.
4. In the pentose pyrophosphate pathway, lactose is an
A. competitive inhibitor.
B. noncompetitive inhibitor.
C. uncompetitive inhibitor.
D. promotional activator.
5. The official language of all countries in South America is Spanish.
6. Many scientists consider any less than 6 hours of sleep per night detrimental to a human’s mental, physical, and emotional functioning.
7. At EagleBurger, an order of 3 hamburgers and 1 drink totals to $9; an order of 1 hamburger and 2 drinks totals to $5.50. Find how much two drinks would cost.
Test Taking Strategies. University of Minnesota Duluth. www.d.umn.edu/kmc/studet/loon/acad/strat/test_take.html
Survival Test-Taking: Dirty Little Secrets Your Professors Want You to Know. Power Learning: Strategies for Success in College and Life. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004.
Study Guides and Strategies. www.studygs.net/index.htm