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  • 1. Test-Taking Techniques and Test Anxiety Germanna Community College Tutoring Services
  • 2. Test-Taking Tips and Test Anxiety
    • Many students suffer from test anxiety
    • Learn how to empower yourself so you can show your instructor what you truly know!
    • Tutoring Services can help you
  • 3. Do You Have Test Anxiety?
    • Do you get an upset stomach prior to, or during a test?
    • Do your muscles tense up during a test?
    • Do you perspire or get sweaty palms while you are taking a test?
    • Does your heart beat rapidly during a test?
    • Do you get a headache during a test?
    • Does your mind go blank when you see questions on a test?
  • 4.
    • Do you have difficulty organizing your thoughts on an essay test?
    • Do you have difficulty reading and understanding the questions on a test?
    • Do you perform poorly on a test even though you know the material?
    • Do you have a fear of failing the exam even before you take it?
    • Do you remember the correct answer as soon as the exam is over?
    • Does this sound like it applies to you?
  • 5. What Can Be Done About Test Anxiety?
    • Test Anxiety is actually a learned response.
    • The good news is… if you learned how to become anxious, you can unlearn it!
    • Before you can do that, you must determine what causes your test anxiety.
    • You will need to eliminate the causes.
    • There are several strategies you can use.
  • 6. Causes of Test Anxiety
    • Perhaps you are afraid that you won’t live up to the expectations of individuals who are important in your life.
    • Perhaps you believe that grades are a measure of your self-worth.
    • Perhaps tests make you feel helpless because you don’t have control over the situation.
    • Perhaps you weren’t well prepared for the test.
  • 7. Eliminate the Causes
    • Expectations
      • Try to separate yourself from others’ expectations
      • Focus instead on performing at your personal best
    • Self Esteem
      • Emphasize performance instead of grades
      • Grades are just a way to keep score!
    • Feelings of Helplessness
      • Internal locus of control
      • External locus of control
    • Test Preparation
      • Learn effective study techniques
  • 8. What Can You Do?
    • The key to successful test achievement is preparation
    • Empower yourself to control your anxiety
      • Face your fears
      • Learn some relaxation techniques
    • Learn the art of test-taking techniques
    • Learn about resources at Germanna that can help you
  • 9. Preparation
    • Go to all of your classes
    • Become efficient in your study habits
      • Study where you can concentrate
      • Use the PQ4R Method:
        • Preview
        • Question
        • Read
        • Reflect
        • Recite
        • Review
  • 10. More Preparation
    • Make flashcards, outlines, and summary sheets
    • Form study groups with motivated students
    • Create a study schedule and spread your review over several days rather than cramming
    • Take good notes
  • 11. Empower Yourself
    • Become familiar with your own personal learning style
    • Start an exercise program
    • Get plenty of rest
    • Eat well
    • Face your fears
    • Learn some relaxation techniques
    • Be more self confident --- be aware of the power of “self-talk”
  • 12. Now What?
    • You have attended all of your classes
    • You have completed all required assignments
    • You have studied the material on a regular basis
    • You have utilized all resources available to you
    • You have taken care of your body
    • You have learned to cope with stress
    • You have reviewed your notes and study materials
    • You are now ready to take the test!
  • 13. The Three Levels of Comprehension
    • You will be tested on the literal level
      • Facts, names, dates, locations, definitions
    • You will be tested on the interpretive level
      • You must understand the facts at a literal level and then draw conclusions from those facts
      • This requires independent thinking!
    • You will be tested on the application level
      • Take the information at the literal level and apply it to an entirely different situation
      • Utilize your knowledge and apply it to a hypothetical situation
  • 14. Test Day
    • Aim for a relaxed state of concentration
    • Wear comfortable clothes
    • Arrive at the test site a few minutes early
    • Don’t forget to breathe!
    • Think positive!
    • You can do this!
  • 15. Test-Taking Techniques
    • Look over the test
      • See how long it is
      • Read the directions carefully
        • If necessary, ask your instructor for clarification
      • Check the format
        • Are there any essay questions?
        • Plan how much time you want to spend on each section
      • Focus your attention on the test, not to others
      • Remember the power of positive thinking!
  • 16. On Your Mark…Get Set…Go!
    • Multiple Choice Questions
    • Essay Questions
    • True / False Questions
  • 17. Multiple Choice Questions
    • Read the entire question carefully
    • Try to answer the question in your head first before you review the multiple answers
    • To recall something “on the tip of your tongue,” think of associated facts
    • When you are uncertain of the correct choice, eliminate obviously incorrect items and make an “educated guess”
    • Don’t change your answer unless you are 100% sure that you have made an error
    • Always check your answer sheet for careless errors
  • 18. Essay Questions
    • Organize your thoughts in a brief outline
    • Look for key words such as “compare,” “contrast,” “describe,” or “identify”
    • Start with a short summary or topical sentence and then make your points
    • Don’t ramble; do write clearly; think about the most important information that was covered in class
  • 19. True / False Questions
    • Watch for key words such as: “always,” “never,” “all,” or “none”
    • If any part of the statement is false, then the whole statement is false
    • There are usually more “true” questions than “false” questions
    • Most true statements come directly out of the textbook
    • Make yourself work quickly; don’t pause to analyze
  • 20. Fancy Guesswork!
    • I won’t vouch for these suggestions, but in general, the correct answer will be…
      • Longer than the incorrect one
      • Will be qualified to give it precision
      • Will be one of two similar or opposite statements
      • Will be in a sentence with a quote in it
      • Will not contain language or technical terms which you are not expected to know
      • Will be a grammatically perfect extension of the question itself
      • Will not be a flippant remark or a completely unreasonable statement
  • 21. The Test Is Over!
    • Reflect upon the test:
      • Were you well-prepared?
      • How did you feel during the test?
      • What would you do differently next time?
    • If you think you have a specific problem that interferes with your test-taking, discuss it with your instructor
    • If you continue to have problems with test anxiety, make an appointment with a counselor in the Counseling Office
    • Think about the resources available to you
      • Tutoring Services, Library, Instructors, Counselors