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  • 2. THE NIGHT BEFORE• Go to bed at a reasonable time• Put extra number 2 pencils in your backpack• Solve any family or friend arguments so you are less distracted the next day• Talk to you parents about your concerns
  • 3. THE DAY OF THE TEST• Complete your morning routine as usual• Eat a good filling breakfast• Think positive• Leave your cell phone at home (we will be collecting cellphones at the door. If a cell phone is out, rings or vibrates your test will be invalidated)• Bring something to read
  • 4. MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST• Listen carefully to the directions• Read the directions thoroughly• Read the question and ALL the possible answers prior to selecting an answer• Do not change your answer unless you are absolutely sure it is wrong, often your first choice is the correct choice• Answer every question, even if you have to guess
  • 5. PACE YOURSELF• Do not spend to much time on one question, do the best you can and then move on• Answer the easiest questions and then go back to review the harder questions that you skipped• While you want to finish, do not rush. You cannot leave the test room early
  • 6. PROCESS OF ELIMINATION• If you do not know the answer, eliminate any answers you know are wrong• Once you eliminate an answer or two your chances of guessing the right answer increase greatly• Don’t guess blindly, try to make an educated guess
  • 7. RELAX• Loosen the grip on your pencil As silly as it sounds, holding your pencil to tight can make your arm sore and tired, making it hard to concentrate• Remember this test is meant to measure your progress from one year to the next, we are only asking that you do your best• Focus on the content of the test, and not on your stress
  • 8. TIPS• If you finish a section early go back and review your answers.• Read quietly and wait for the next session to start• Look for key words in the question that might help you choose an answer• Make sure you understand the question being asked• Make sure you are answering the correct question, pay attention to the question number and line number
  • 9. ADDITIONAL TIPS• Fill in the bubbles COMPLETLEY• Write neatly but don’t obsess over your penmanship• Erase any mistakes or stray marks• Don’t be afraid to be a know-it-all on this exam, none of your classmates are going to see it• If it’s hard, don’t worry, the test is meant to be challenging
  • 10. READING• If the section asks you to answer questions about a reading passage, read the questions first This way you will know what to look for as you read
  • 11. MATH• Only use the extra room in the booklet given to you as scratch paper• If you get an answer on your own that is not one of the options, start over, try to find your mistake or go back to the problem later