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Standardized Test Taking Tips

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Go to school.
Work through standardized test practice items.
Obstacle 1
Obstacle 2
Obstacle 3
If you’re taking a standardized test soon, whether it’s the ACT Aspire, PSAT, ACT, SAT or one of the other tests, there are a few tips that can help you prepare.
Listen to and read the instructions carefully.
If you have a question, ask your teacher.
Read each question carefully, paying attention to details.
Pay attention to time passing in relation to the time allotment.
Don't get distracted by other testers in the room.
Tips for Reducing Test Anxiety
Test Taking Tips
Reducing Test Anxiety
Before the Test
On Test Day
Test Taking Tips
Reducing Test Anxiety
Tips for Test Taking

Check all answers for mistakes.
Keep working until the instructor tells you to stop.
Make sure you answer the question that is asked
Write down everything the question asks of you
Make an outline-this will help you stay organized
One idea per paragraph
If time, proofread!
How do you feel before taking a test?
Read the questions before the reading passage
Don't leave answers blank
Answer everything the questions asks for
Short Answer Tests
Read the questions first!
Come up with an answer in your head before you look at the answers
Eliminate incorrect answers
Read all the choices before picking
Don't keep changing your answers, usually the first choice is correct
Answers with "always" and "never" are usually incorrect
In questions with "all of the above" if two of them are correct then "all of the above" is probably the right answer
Go with your instincts
Multiple Choice Tests
Read through each statement carefully and pay attention to key words and qualifiers
Questions with "always, never and every" mean the statement must be true 100% of the time. These are usually false
If ANY part of the statement is false, the entire statement is false
True-False Tests
Do Practice problems
Use your formula sheet
Make estimates for your answers if you are unsure; If you are not close then you did something wrong
Math Tests
Being well prepared for the test is the best way to reduce test taking anxiety.

Try to maintain a positive attitude while preparing for the test and during the test.

Exercising for a few days before the test will help reduce stress.

Get a good night's sleep before the test.

Show up to class early so you won't have to worry about being late.

Chew gum (if allowed) during the test to help relieve test anxiety.
1. True/False
In true/false questions, look for words like never, always, all and every. Answers to questions with these words are usually false.
2. Some tips for answering multiple choice questions include:
a.) Cross out answers you know are incorrect
b.) Read all answer choices before choosing an answer
c.) Both A and B
d.) None of the above
3. Give two examples of how to reduce test anxiety.
4. True/False
Statistically , 0% of true/false answers are C.
Do not get stuck on difficult questions! Keep moving!
Do not second guess yourself by changing your first answers unless you are 100% certain.
Do not fall into the trap of looking for patterns in the answers.
When you are finished, look closely to make sure that you haven't overlooked any questions.
Get a good night's sleep the evening before the test.
Eat a healthy breakfast the morning of your test.
Get to school on time.
Bring any required materials (calculator, pencils, paper, etc.)
During the Test
Calculators are not allowed; however, the calculations required can be readily handled with pencil and paper. The questions will emphasize conceptual understanding, the inquiry process, and problem solving skills.
Tomas bought a new book on sale. It regularly cost $17.95, but was on sale for 20% off. How much did the book cost Tomas?

Answer Key: A
This problem is asking me to convert, or change, square inches into square feet. And, just in case I do not know that 12 inches is the same as 1 foot, it is given to me in the key.

The first thing that I think of when I see that I have to convert one unit into another is to make a proportion. I will set up a proportion in order to know how much of one unit is equal to another unit.

Since I know that 1 foot equals 12 inches, that will be my first proportion,1 foot : 12 inches. But I need to know square feet. I will square the proportion to go from feet and inches to square feet and square inches. The exponent applies to the numbers as well as the units.

Now I can complete my proportion. I will make a second proportion for what I need to find. The problem tells me I have 288 square inches, but I do not know how many square feet. Since the number of square feet is my unknown, I will call it x. I need to set up the proportion the same way as my first proportion, with the square feet in the numerator and the square inches in the denominator.

The next step looks like I should cross-multiply.

Then, since I need to get x by itself, I divide each side by 144.

Now I see that x is 2. That means there are 2 square feet in 288 square inches, which is answer choice A.

Students mixed 20 ml each of Solutions A and B at three different temperatures. Each time, they stirred until the reaction was complete. The average reaction times for five trials are shown in the table.

A. 8 sec.
B. 30 sec.
C. 60 sec.
D. 116 sec.
Read this line from the poem.
Not over-wise, nor foolish,
A simple soul am I.
Which is the
meaning for this stanza
A. I am an intelligent person
B. I am a complicated person
C. I am an ordinary person
D. I am a proud person

For instance, while other moms might plead threaten, or yell to get chores done, our mom turns everything into a game.
A. No change
B. plead, threaten, or yell
C. plead threaten or yell
D. plead, threaten or, yell

What are some different kinds of tests?
What are some strategies you use that are effective?
Are you nervous before taking an exam? Why or why not?
Temperature (C)
Time until reaction was completed (sec)
Based on the results, one would predict that if the reaction was repeated at 2 C, the reaction time would be approximately:
A. $3.59
B. $ 14.36
C. $ 15.95
D. $ 17.59
E. $ 17.75
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