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Test Taking Skills



Review of steps and techniques to help when taking assessments.

Review of steps and techniques to help when taking assessments.



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    Test Taking Skills Test Taking Skills Presentation Transcript

    • Test Taking Skills Important ideas to help you survive
    • 1. Read the question.
      • Basic skills for any test involve the taker REALLY reading the question.
      • Look at the words – which words do you know for sure, and which ones can you figure out from context clues?
      • If you don’t know a key word in a question, look at the answers for clues.
    • 2. Use what you know.
      • You aren’t going to know everything, but you can increase your chances of being right by using what you know and using context clues.
      • Ex: “Jabberwocky”
      • Look at prefixes and suffixes
      • Look at root words
    • 3. Form an answer in your mind.
      • Come up with an answer on your own first, and then look at the answers given.
    • 4. Eliminate any answers that cannot be correct.
      • Use what you know along with the answer you formed before looking at what is given to eliminate what you know is wrong.
      • You should be able to eliminate 1to 3 answers right away.
      • Look at the answers left and determine which is the best answer.
    • 6. Guess
      • If you have
      • used what you know
      • formed an answer in your mind
      • eliminated the answers that will not work
      • and you still have no idea - guess.
      • Your chances should be as good as 1 out of 2, or 1 out of 3.
    • Reading Passages
      • Read the questions at the end of the passage to give you an idea of the information for which you are looking.
      • Read the entire passage first.
      • If possible, mark up the passage by underlining main ideas and important facts.
      • Go back to the passage as often as possible to find the answer.
    • Analogies
      • Create a sentence which defines the relationship between the first set of words.
      • Use the exact same sentence but plug in the next set and the blank.
      • Go through the answers and eliminate answers that cannot possibly be correct.
      • Choose the best answer from the choices left.
      • If you still have no idea, guess.
    • Math Skills
      • Skim the test quickly. If it requires you to use any formulas that are not given, take time to jot down those formulas on your paper.
      • When copying a problem onto a sheet of scratch paper, double-check the accuracy of your numbers before beginning your computation.
      • Draw pictures, graphs, or any visual aids that will help you better understand any problems - especially word problems.
      • Underline or circle any negative words in the directions. (ex; EXCEPT, DO NOT, etc.)
      • Review your work!!
    • Reading Charts and Graphs
      • Look at the labels on the charts and graphs - sometimes a scale on one axis will provide a valuable clue.
      • Read all graphs twice!!!!
      • Think carefully about the meaning of the concepts used in the items.
      • Pay attention to prefixes and suffixes.
    • Reading Charts and Graphs
      • Look for the verbs in the questions. These will help focus your response.  
      • Draw or sketch out the question item. Often a question will become clear to you if you diagram the process, list what you know, and identify what you are to answer.
      • When reading diagrams, follow the entire cycle to understand the process.
      • Read diagrams twice!!!
    • Reading Charts and Graphs
      • Use common sense and logic. Many times important clues are found in another question  
      • Many parts of tests assess how you use and think about what you know regarding a subject -- more than measuring facts you have memorized.
      • BRAINSTORM using a concept map or outline as you begin to construct your response. Using this strategy will access your prior knowledge.
    • Reading Charts and Graphs Summary
      • Read each question CAREFULLY.
      • CHECK the verbs.
      • CHECK all the parts of the question including the supporting graphs, charts diagrams, and informational reading.
      • CHECK the data.
      • CHECK the text.
      • Understand the task.  
    • On Test Day
      • Get plenty of sleep the night before.
      • Eat a good breakfast.
      • Bring three sharpened pencils.
      • Bring a book to read after you are finished.