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Test Taking Strategies

Brainstorming adequate details and examples before writing

Melissa Turgeon

on 26 March 2012

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Before you begin reading, apply appropriate strategies Test Taking Strategies The Night Before... The Day of the Test... After the Test... Get a good night's rest Review strategies that you are going to use on your test Writing Break Apart the Prompt Circle/highlight key words
Re-write in your own words
Use a dictionary for any words you don't know Read the Hint Box They give you clues about what to focus on
Make sure to include all hints in your essay
Brainstorm List all your ideas
3 boxes to brainstorm your topics
Choose the idea with the best OVERALL details
Choose a map to brainstorm your topic Write Your Rough Draft
Break writing into paragraphs
Use dialogue-narrative
Be sure to address the prompt throughout
Include depth to your examples to help create a picture

Describe what you see, feel, hear, taste, touch Image Dialogue Question Action Surprise Starting at a new school was really hard. Why? I didn't know anybody.
Why was that so hard? At my old school I had lots of friends and we could
talk about things like our mean teachers. But at my new school, I felt like
I was the only one who having any problems. simple compound complex 1 independent thought 2 independent thoughts 1 independent thought and 1 dependent thought I used to think... Edit Your Rough Draft

Highlight every other sentence Replace words/phrases you use more than once in a row use a thesaurus to find synonyms Are your sentences varied? Too short? Too long? Write your Final Draft Utilize all the changes you made on your Rough Draft If your rough draft was too long, write smaller on your final draft, or take out some unnecessary information Revise and Edit You may use a dictionary or a thesaurus Read the questions first Cross out the answers you know are incorrect If you still can't decide, make an educated guess Make sure your marks are dark and full Read
No Electronics
No Talking Helpful Tips You may not use any of your own materials Mint gum and candies help you think Do not bring anything that will stain the test (cheetos, doritos, etc.) If you bring a drink, it must be in the original, sealed container, or a clear bottle from home You will have to check them in with your teacher before the test begins Leave them in your locker We will provide highlighters, dictionaries and thesaurus If there are not supplies available in your testing room, ASK Be your own advocate...only you can ensure you have what you need Before you answer the questions, apply appropriate strategies Answer all the questions in your booklet first Once you are happy with all of your answer choices, bubble in on your Scantron sheet Make sure the number of questions matches up with your number of bubbles If you can't decide between 2 answers, write proof to the side to help you Start your story with an eye-catching LEAD Try to include several different types of sentences End with a solid conclusion Circle the 1st word in every sentence Box words you repeat Check for grammar and spelling mistakes Adjust for length Write neatly. If you make a mistake, cross it out once. No scribbling! 1 independent thought Read the questions firt Cross out the answers you know are incorrect You may bring snacks You may use a dictionary/thesaurus the whole time-you may not leave it on your desk You may not have electronics at all You may not talk at all during the test Summary-recap of the major events Going Global- what lesson did you learn? How are you going to use this in the future? Narrative- include characters, setting, conflict/resolution Expository- facts only! You may use I to provide support for your facts You have 4 hours each day.
Tuesday- Revise/Edit and 1 essay
Wednesday- 2 essays
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