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EXPLORE/PLAN/ACT: General Test-Taking Strategies

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Teri Howe

on 14 August 2013

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Transcript of EXPLORE/PLAN/ACT: General Test-Taking Strategies

General Test Taking Strategies
Pace Yourself
English, Reading and Science contain large amounts of text
Try not to spend too much time on difficult questions; skip those and come back if time permits
You are notified when you have 5 minutes left; complete all blanks before time is up
Read Directions
"best" answer indicates that
there may be 2 correct answers
"correct" answer- be sure you
answer what is being asked
Answer the EASY questions 1st
skip the questions you find difficult
go back after you answer all the
easy ones
Answer EVERY Question!
there is no penalty for guessing
choose a letter that you will guess and use it on all of your guesses (suggested by an ACT representative)
answer EVERY question once the test administrator announces there are
5 minutes left
Review your work
If you have time after you have answered EVERY question, check your work
you will NOT be allowed to go back after time has been called
Be precise in marking your answer document
make sure you are marking the
answer for the correct question
erase completely to change
your answer
Use your test booklet as Scratch Paper
a pristine test booklet is a SAD test booklet
frustration causes carelessness
skim EVERY question to see if you have an idea of what the answer COULD be
assuming you can't answer a question before you read it is like returning and unopened present
Random Vs. Educated Guessing
educated guessing is BEST= eliminate as many choices as possible
RANDOM guessing should be used as last resort!
Multiple Choice
You already have the answer
if you know the correct answer choose it and move on
if you can eliminate choices, do so, guess and move on
Set a Target Score to Determine Pace
if your goal is a 20 you need to only get 1/2 of the questions right; you may be able to go slower and insure the answers you come up with are correct
if your goal is 31 you need to get 90% of the questions correct so you must work quickly and precisely
be honest with yourself about your abilities and your goals
write down a schedule and stick to it
allot a few hours each week
break down your study sessions by content to make more manageable
take a practice test or part of one each week
Day of the Test
Eat a good breakfast
Get restful sleep the night before
Bring number 2 pencils
A calculator- any four function scientific or graphing calculator unless it is on the PROHIBITED list!
A watch- you will not be allowed to have your phone and the testing room may not have a clock---the test administrator only gives a 5 minute warning
•calculators with built-in computer algebra systems
Prohibited calculators in this category include:
Texas Instruments: All model numbers that begin with TI-89 or TI-92 and the TI-Nspire CAS—Note: The TI-Nspire (non-CAS) is permitted.
Hewlett-Packard: HP 48GII and all model numbers that begin with HP 40G, HP 49G, or HP 50G
Casio: Algebra fx 2.0, ClassPad 300 and ClassPad 330, and all model numbers that begin with CFX-9970G
•handheld, tablet, or laptop computers, including PDAs
•electronic writing pads or pen-input devices—Note: The Sharp EL 9600 is permitted.
•calculators built into cell phones or any other electronic communication devices
•calculators with a typewriter keypad (letter keys in QWERTY format)—Note: Letter keys not in QWERTY format are permitted.
Prohibited Calculators
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