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  • 1. Objectives of the Workshop At the end of this workshop you will: 0Know the different types of test questions. 0Know how to answer the different questions effectively. 0Identify different strategies for test preparation.
  • 2. Major types of Test Questions: 0Multiple Choice 0Short Answer 0Essay
  • 3. Questions you should be asking: 1. How is the question constructed? 2. What is the professor looking for? 3. How do you effectively answer the question? 4. How do you study for that question?
  • 4. Multiple Choice Questions 1. How is the question constructed? 0 Usually there is a question with four answer choices. 0 Two answer choices are definitely wrong. 0 Two answer choices are close to the answer. 0 Only one is the BEST answer.
  • 5. Multiple Choice Questions 2. What is the professor looking for? 0 General understanding of the book and concepts. 0 Able to see the differences between concepts. 0 Understanding of terminology. 0 Able to apply terms to examples.
  • 6. Multiple Choice Questions 3. How do you effectively answer the question? 0 Mark out the two wrong answers. 0 Re-read the question to determine what it is asking. 0 Be aware of negatively-worded questions (Example: which is NOT an animal? A. bunny, B. puppy, C. rat, D. robot) 0 Remember you are looking for the BEST answer. 0 Go with your first instinct. 0 Don’t over think the questions (easier said than done!) 0 If you can, plug the answer choice into the question to see if it makes sense.
  • 7. Multiple Choice Questions 4. How do you study for that question? 0 Make sure you have a good understanding of the concepts, terms, and procedures in the class. 0 Know the differences and similarities in terminology.
  • 8. Short Answer Questions 1. How is the question constructed? 0 A single question looking for a short response, generally over a single concept or term.. 0 Sometimes asks for definitions of terms or steps in a process.
  • 9. Short Answer Questions 2. What is the professor looking for? 0 A short example, explanation, or definition. Usually not longer than a paragraph. 0 Proof that you attended class and did the required reading.
  • 10. Short Answer Questions 3. How do you effectively answer the question? 0 Create a solid paragraph: 0 0 0 0 Opening sentence that rewords the question with a short answer. Second sentence should explain the answer. Third sentence should be an example (sometimes pulled from the class). Last sentence should wrap the answer up and conclude your answer.
  • 11. Short Answer Questions 4. How do you study for that question? 0 Review examples and explanations given in class. 0 Keep track of your alternative examples and run them by the professor to insure they are correct. 0 Know how to use terminology correctly in a sentence.
  • 12. Essay Questions 1. How is the question constructed? 0 A question that usually requires you to compare/contrast, give examples, explain, justify, or agree/disagree with a classroom concept.
  • 13. Essay Questions 2. What is the professor looking for? 0 Your ability to use terminology correctly in a sentence. 0 Know how to compare/contrast, explain, give examples of, and justify classroom concepts. 0 Your ability to move from point-topoint coherently. No rambling!
  • 14. Essay Questions 3. How do you effectively answer the question? 0 Use terminology! 0 Construct a 5 paragraph essay format for clarity.
  • 15. Essay Questions 0 Introduction Paragraph: Reword the question, give an example, preview your three points answering the question. 0 Body Paragraphs: Three reasons/examples to answer the question. 0 Conclusion: Reword the question again, refer back to your example, and then review your three reasons/examples.
  • 16. Essay Questions 4. How do you study for that question? 0 Review your terminology and the examples in class. Use as much of the terminology as you can when answering the question. 0 Practice answering essay questions and have a study buddy review them.
  • 17. Strategies for Test Preparation 1. Ask the professor for types of questions on the test. Don’t get caught up on “how many”. 2. Practice! 0 Make yourself a practice test. 0 Practice essay questions 0 Find quizzes/assessments in your book or in extra resource material. 0 Find internet tests over the same subject (be careful that your internet source is credible!)
  • 18. Strategies for Test Preparation 3. Flash Cards! 0 Test yourself 0 Make flash cards as you move through the material so you are studying as you go (rather than all of your studying happening right before the test). 0 Test with a friend and discuss answers.
  • 19. Technology for Test Preparation: 1. Flash Card Apps: 0 Flashcards+ 2. Quizlet.com (Create practice tests/flash cards) 3. Khan Academy
  • 20. Questions? www.sssnewsletter.blogspot.com