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Study Skills and strategies for test-taking

Study Skills and strategies for test-taking

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  • 1. Test-Taking Strategies ENG 073 – Academic Reading QVCC – Fall 2008
  • 2. On Test Day
    • Get some sleep
    Eat breakfast Be prepared
  • 3. When you get the test…
    • Preview the entire test
    • Read the directions
    • Review your work if you have time
  • 4. Multiple Choice
    • Multiple Choice are not necessarily the easiest questions. You must be able to:
      • Fully understand the material
      • Be able to define terms
      • Critically analyze and think
      • Apply your knowledge
  • 5. Multiple Choice
    • Read the entire question and all of the possible answers
    • Translate double negative statements into positive phrases
      • “not lacking” becomes “having”
      • “not any” becomes “some”
      • Which of these are NOT…
  • 6. Multiple Choice
    • Eliminate the answers that you know are incorrect
    • Quinnebaug Valley Community College is located in:
      • Lebanon, CT
      • Willimantic, CT
      • White Plains, NY
      • Brooklyn, CT
  • 7. Multiple Choice
    • “All of the Above”/ “None of the Above”
      • If you are CERTAIN that at least one of the answers is TRUE – do not choose “None of the Above”
      • If you are CERTAIN that at least one of the answers is FALSE – do not choose “All of the Above”
  • 8. Multiple Choice
    • Go with your gut – you’re probably right
  • 9. True/False
    • Never leave them blank – you have a 50/50 shot!
    • Look for qualifiers
      • never, always, and every (statement must be true all of the time)
      • usually, sometimes, and generally (statement can be considered true or false depending on the circumstances)
  • 10. True/False Part of the statement is False Entire statement is False Part of the statement is True All of the statement is true
  • 11. Short Answer
    • To prepare
      • Use flashcards for key points, dates, names
    Revolutionary War - British v. Americans - 1775–1783 - Also known as War of Independence
  • 12. Short Answer
    • Partial credit
    • Look for directional words
    LIST EXPLAIN DESCRIBE COMPARE NAME DISCUSS
  • 13. Essay
    • Read carefully; look for directions
    • Answer ALL of the question
    Education comes not from books but from practical experience. Write a unified essay in which you perform the following tasks: Explain what you think the above statement means. Describe a specific situation in which books might educate students better than practical experience. Discuss what you think determines when practical experience provides a better education than books do.
  • 14. Essay Watch Your Time Be Neat
  • 15. Essay
    • Use outlines in your margins
    • Make notes before you begin
  • 16. Quantitative/Math
    • Memorize formulas – write those down on your test when you get it!
  • 17. Quantitative/Math
    • Show your work!!!
  • 18. Most importantly…
    • RELAX!!!!

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