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Transcript of Test Taking
Ryan Jones Test Taking How Can Preparation
Improve Test Performance? Identify test type
and material covered Create a study plan
and schedule Once you have identified as much as you can about what the test will cover, you want to choose your study material. Go through your notes, texts, handouts, old tests, and then set aside the materials you don’t need. Before you begin studying, find out as much as you can about the type of test you will be taking and what it will cover. Prepare through careful
review -STUDY Everyone has a different way to study, you just have to find the way that works best for you and stick with it. How can you work
through test ANXIETY? Your body is alert, and your energy motivates you to do your best. A certain amount of stress can be a good motivator. Your Agenda... Today we’re going to learn... Outcomes After this seminar, we hope Multiple Intelligence Strategies for test preparation Think about your results to your multiple intelligences quiz what did you score highest on? what works for you when preparing for a test?
write new ideas Get together in groups of each intelligence and
answer the following question: What general strategies
can help you
succeed on tests Multiple Choice Questions How can you master
different types of test questions? How can you learn from test mistakes? Then use your time management skills to prepare a schedule. Consider all of the relevant factors: And the time you have to study each day Maybe take a pre-test, and quiz yourself Not only do you need to prepare mentally, you also need to prepare physically. Most tests ask you to work efficiently under time pressure. If your body is tired or under stress, your performance may suffer. Get lots of sleep, and eat breakfast DO NOT CRAM! often around the clock, right before a test or exam often results in information being forgotten and only remembered after the examination Cramming or studying intensively Think about similarities and note differences Every type of test question has a different way of finding out how much you know about each subject. The strategy changes according to whether the question is objective or subjective. Objective Questions
Short- answer questions that test your ability to recall, compare, and contrast information and to choose the best answer from a limited number of choices. Subjective Questions
They require you to plan, draft and refine a written response. Careless errors
Conceptual or factual errors Try to identify patterns in your mistakes: Like a runner who prepares for a marathon by exercising, eating right, taking practice runs, and getting enough sleep, you can take steps to master your tests and exams.
The primary step, occupying much of your preparation time, is to listen when material is presented, read carefully, and study until you know the material that will be on your test. In this sense staying on top of your class work, readings and assignments over the course of
the semester is one of the best ways
to prepare for tests. Try to identify: What topic’s the test will cover The type of questions on the test What material you will be tested on Preparation What is important to remember? Attitude See the test as an opportunity to learn Keep in mind that tests measure
performance, not personal value Appreciate your instructor’s purpose Seek study partners who challenge you Set yourself up for success Practice relaxation Read test directions Begin with an overview of the exam Write down key facts Work from easy to hard Watch the clock Follow instructions on scantron cards (don’t lose marks because you filled it out wrong) Use critical thinking to avoid errors Recall facts, procedures, rules, and formulas Think through causes and effects Find the best idea to match the example given Support ideas with examples Evaluate each test question What do I do if I don’t know the answer? Responses that use absolute words,
such as "always" or "never" are less
likely to be correct. "All of the above" is often a
correct response. "None of the above" is usually
an incorrect response The longest response is often the correct one Matching Questions Make sure you understand the directions Work from the column with the longest entries Start with the matches you know Finally, tackle the matches you’re not sure of Fill-in-the blank questions Be logical
Note the length and number of the blanks
Pay attention to how the blanks are separated
Make a guess Written Response The action word in the question will tell you how to structure your response Compare: Explain the similarities and differences Evaluate: Give your opinion, weighing the positives and negatives and justify your conclusion Illustrate: Explain using examples Describe: Visualize and give information that paints a complete picture Outline: Organize and present the main examples of an idea or sub ideas If you have time, rewrite the questions you got wrong. After rewriting your mistakes, fill in your knowledge gaps by talking to your instructors. If you fail a test, don’t throw it away, keep to to learn where you went wrong. effective strategies for preparing and taking tests. Your study habits will improve You will experience less test anxiety Your test results will improve considerably The number of days until the test Your study materials What general strategies can
help you succeed on tests Subjective Questions They require you to plan, draft and refine a written response Recent study 1485 ft high Stay Out of the Grey Zone Relationships
think of your professor as a "friend" foundation 500 ft more than 2500 students participated looked for commonalities among top students most important factor... Seminar Takeaways Better understanding of how to answer various types of test questions
Experience less test anxiety in the future Taking Tests in Large Lecture Halls