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  • 1. STUDY SKILLS Preparing for and Taking Tests Dr. Roz Iasillo
  • 2. Preparing for & Taking Tests
    • Five Day Test Preparation Plan
    • DETER Strategy
    • Multiple Choice Tests
    • True/False Tests
    • Matching Tests
    • Completion Tests
    • QUOTE Strategy for Essay Tests
  • 3. Five Day Test Preparation Plan
    • Day 5
      • Read textbook & class notes
      • Look at any handouts from your class
      • Highlight the information in your notes & handouts that you will need to know
    • Day 4
      • Use the Remembering Strategies and practice what you will need to know
  • 4. Five Day Test Preparation Plan
    • Day 3
      • Rewrite the information in a brief form using the fewest words possible
      • Use the Remembering Strategies to review your rewritten notes at least twice per day
    • Day 2
      • Think of questions your teacher might ask you on the test
      • Write each question and answer
    • Day 1
  • 5. Five Day Test Preparation Plan
    • Day 1
      • The Day of the test!
      • Review rewritten notes from Day 3
      • Review questions & answers from Day 2
        • You can do these things while eating breakfast, riding to school, or eating lunch
      • Just before the test, go over any information you are having difficulty remembering
  • 6. DETER strategy
    • Five Step test-taking steps to help you remember
    • Use when ready to take your test
      • D – Directions
      • E - Examine
      • T - Time
      • E - Easiest
      • R - Review
  • 7. D E T E R
    • D
      • Read the test directions carefully
      • Ask for an explanation of anything you don’t understand
    • E
      • Examine the entire test to see how much you need to do
      • Do this right after reading the directions
  • 8. D E T E R
    • T
      • Decide how much time you should spend answering each item on the test
      • See how many items there are & how much they are worth
      • Spend the most time on the items worth the most points
    • E
      • Begin by answering the items that are easiest for you
      • Then answer as many of the remaining questions that you can
  • 9. D E T E R
    • R
      • If you finish before time is up, review your answers
      • Make sure they are accurate and complete
  • 10. Multiple Choice Tests
    • Read the question or statement
      • Underline key words:
        • Not, all, some,except
        • These words can give you clues to the correct answer
    • Read the question or statement with each answer choice
      • This can help you decide which choice is correct
  • 11. Multiple Choice Tests
    • When you decide an answer choice is incorrect
      • Cross it out by drawing a line through it
    • If you crossed out all the choices except one
      • Select this as your answer
    • If you are left with more than one answer choice
      • Reread the question or statement with the remaining choices, then choose the best one
  • 12. Multiple Choice Tests
    • Answer all items unless there is a penalty for incorrect answers
    • Check your answers to make sure they are correct
    • Change an answer only if you are sure it is incorrect
  • 13. True/False Tests
    • Choose TRUE unless you know the statement is FALSE
    • For a statement to be TRUE, everything about the statement must be TRUE
    • Be careful when a statement has a negative such as not, do not, or in (infrequent) and un (unfriendly)
      • A negative can completely change the meaning of the statement
  • 14. True/False Tests
    • If a statement has two negatives, cross out both negatives
      • This will make it easier for you to understand the statement
    • Absolute statements are usually FALSE
      • Absolute statements include words such as
        • All, every, never, no
    • Qualified statements are usually TRUE
      • Qualified statements include terms such as
        • Some, most, sometimes, rarely
  • 15. Matching Tests
    • Read all the items in both columns before making any matches
    • Start by making the matches about which you are sure
    • Cross out items in both columns as you make matches
    • Make your best guess for remaining items, unless there is a penalty for guessing
  • 16. Completion Tests
    • Read the item and think about what is missing
    • Write an answer that logically completes the item
    • Be sure your answer fits the item grammatically
    • Use the length of the line as a clue to the length of the answer
      • Unless the length of the blank is the same for all answers
    • After you write the answer, read the entire answer to make sure it makes sense
  • 17. QUOTE strategy for Essay tests
    • Q – Question
      • Look for direction (discuss, describe, explain)
    • U – Underline
      • Words that help focus on ideas to develop answers
    • O – Organize/Write
      • The facts & write your answer
    • T – Time
      • Decide how much time to spend on answering each item
    • E – Evaluate
      • The content & organization of what you wrote & your mechanics
  • 18. QUOTE strategy for Essay tests
    • Q – Question
      • Ask “What is the direction word in the test item?”
      • There are three main direction words
        • Discuss
          • Give reasons behind points of view
        • Describe
          • Present a detailed picture of something in words
        • Explain
          • Give the reason for something
  • 19. QUOTE strategy for Essay tests
    • Q – Question
      • Other Direction Words
        • List
          • Present information in some order
        • Trace
          • State a series of events in logical order
        • Relate
          • Show how two or more things are related
        • Diagram
          • Create a visual representation to show something
  • 20. QUOTE strategy for Essay tests
    • Q – Question
      • Other Direction Words
        • Compare
          • Tell how two or more things are alike and different
        • Criticize
          • Make positive and negative comments about something
        • Evaluate
          • Judge the merits of something using certain criteria
        • Summarize
          • State the major points about something
  • 21. QUOTE strategy for Essay Tests
    • U – Underline
      • After you have identified the direction word, underline the words that help you focus on the ideas to develop in your answer
  • 22. QUOTE strategy for Essay Tests
    • O – Organize/Write
      • Look at or write the words you underlined in the essay test item
      • Write the facts that are related to the words you underlined
      • Organize the facts by creating a graphic organizer
      • Using the graphic organizer as a guide, write your answer
  • 23. QUOTE strategy for Essay Tests
    • Writing a One-Paragraph Answer
      • Begin with an introductory sentence that contains your main point
      • Follow with sentences that support your point
      • End your answer with a sentence that states your conclusion
    • Writing a Multiple-Paragraph Answer
      • Begin with an introductory paragraph that contains your main point
      • Follow with additional paragraphs, each with a supporting point
      • End with a paragraph in which you state your conclusion
  • 24. QUOTE strategy for Essay Tests
    • T – Time
      • Determine the total time you have to complete the test
      • Consider how many points each item is worth
        • Plan to use more time for items that count for more points
      • Write in front of each question, the amount of time for each item
      • Make sure your plan for answering is not greater than the total amount of time allowed
        • Revise plan if needed
  • 25. QUOTE strategy for Essay Tests
    • E – Evaluate (answer these questions)
      • Content
        • I answered all parts of the item
        • I included all the relevant facts
        • All my facts are accurate
      • Writing
        • My answer begins with an introduction
        • My answer has supporting points
        • My answer ends with a conclusion
  • 26. QUOTE strategy for Essay Tests
    • E – Evaluate (answer these questions)
      • Mechanics
        • My handwriting is legible (if handwritten)
        • I spelled all words correctly
        • I used correct punctuation
        • I used correct grammar
  • 27. Dr. Roz Iasillo Mother McAuley High School Any Questions?