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Test Prep & Test Taking
Transcript of Test Prep & Test Taking
Create a plan.
Map out the types of questions and topics that you will be tested on.
Know how much of the exam influences your final grade.
Refer to the syllabus or instructor.
Find/create study aids.
Create a study schedule.
Date of exam
How/in what ways will you study?
What will you use to study?
When will you study?
What time frames will you study?
Who will you study with?
Where will you study?
Compare and contrast topics.
Draw 2 overlapping circles with a topic in each circle.
List ideas for each topic.
Each side will have ideas for only that topic, the middle will have things that apply to both.
This can be used to study two relating and differing topics!
Used to display a list of events or topics in order.
Draw a line with blocks connected to it.
Fill in each block along your timeline with a topic and description.
This can be used and modified to understand order of events, trends, or processes.
Help with learning an entire concept
Write down a concept on one side of your note card.
On the back write:
Definition in your own words
Example of the concept
Can be modified to include details, rather than definitions.
This can be used to study difficult concepts that require more than just memorizing.
Displays relationships between concepts
Fill in the main box with a topic.
Use arrows to branch off the main idea and connect further information or details.
Can continue to add connections as needed
Can be used for:
Note taking, studying different topis, relating topics to one another, organization for studying.
This provides a way to organize information through connections and can be used multiple ways for multiple courses and topics.
Used when the same types of information are provided for multiple topics.
Organizes material into categories.
Create a chart:
Label the first column with topics.
Label the first row with categories/characteristics
This can be used to study relating ideas of a topic.
Prepare for short answers and essays!
Predict and create test questions
Look for repeated emphasized ideas.
Read notes and highlight main points.
Then summarize the section in your own words.
What is the main purpose?
What are the main points?
How would you explain this to someone else?
Make connections between main points using other study aids.
Regularly create summaries after studying or reviewing notes, then schedule a time to review the summaries before the exam.
Types of Questions
Knowing the type of questions that will be on your test allows you to better prepare and manage your time! Questions may include:
Once you are familiar with the types of questions that will be on your exam, you can create test questions to practice!
Actively review all course material using flash cards, summary sheets, concept maps, etc.
Carefully read each question and answer options
- cross out incorrect answers
Always question choices that use
always, never, only
Look for words such as:
not, except, but
Attempt to answer the question before reading all of the options.
Prepare by actively studying all material and make sure you understand the material well!
You will not have choices of possible answers.
You cannot always assume the answer is
if there is only
A series of blanks could give you clues to the amount of words in the answer.
Every part of a statement must be true for it to be considered true
Words such as:
Always, never, only
tend to be false, but not every time.
Words such as:
may be true, but not every time.
By reading through entire exam, some questions may help you answer others!
It is difficult to answer matching questions by guessing.
Review all the terms and descriptions before answering.
Match ones you are sure of first.
Process of elimination can be used to assist with the remaining terms.
Budget your exam time.
Survey the exam to evaluate the question's difficulty and point value.
Estimate and write down how much time it will take to answer each question.
Create a brief outline before answering.
Jot down ideas that relate to every part of the question.
You should have a paragraph describing each point in detail.
Write concise and organized answers.
Answer every part of the question.
Pay attention to the words used in the question.
Analyze, compare/contrast, criticize, define, describe, discuss, evaluate, explain, interpret, justify, outline, prove, review
Knowing what type of exam you will receive can help you better prepare.
Take advantage of any practice tests available
Different programs use different formats.
You may only see one question at a time
Are you able to skip and come back to questions?
For problem solving subjects:
Check your answer before submission.
Record your answer and move on to the next problem.
Know in advance what materials you are able to have during the test.
Many science courses may require lab tests in which you rotate from one station to the next in order to:
Identify parts on models or specimens.
Explain chemical reactions.
Complete other tasks similar to those performed in lab.
Always attend lab.
Take good notes.
Study your lab notebook carefully prior to the test.
Create your own diagrams or models and label them without looking at your book.
Make sure you fill in all information needed on the scantron.
Make sure the number and answer correspond on the scantron with the answer sheet.
Mark questions you want to come back to on the test,
Stray marks on the answer sheet may cause a misreading and throw off the scoring.
Check your graded test by comparing both the test and scantron to make sure you received proper credit.
These tests are usually more difficult because they are open note.
Study the same you would for a closed test.
Organize your notes and create a three-column grid.
Monitor your time carefully.
Do not waste time double checking answers in which you are confident.
If you have extra time, double check your answers.
If there is an essay, cite sources.
Show your work to receive full credit.
Check your answers and use symbols.
Signs, parentheses, brackets, exponents.
Make sure you simplify terms when needed.
Be careful when canceling, combining, cross multiplying, etc.
Work backwards to check your solution!
Usually more difficult than in class tests.
Manage your time:
Read over it immediately to judge how much time you will need.
Start it early so you have plenty of time to complete the test.
Write essays as if they are papers.
Check for content
Check ahead to see if partner work or notes are allowed!
Choose the right seat.
Write down key facts.
Start with the big picture.
Carefully read the directions.
Mark up the questions.
Work from easy to hard.
Be aware of the time.
Take a strategic approach to questions you cannot answer.
Types of Questions
Foreign language labs :
May be both oral and written
Work with a partner or study group to prepare for oral exam
Ask each other questions that require key vocab terms
Recording answers may help with pronunciation
Which strategies do you plan to use?
Carter, Carol, and Sarah L. Kravits. Keys to College
Success. 8th ed. Boston: Pearson Education, 2015.
Gardner, John, and Betsy Barefoot. Your College
Experience: Strategies for Success. 10th ed. Boston:
Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013. Print.