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Test Taking Strategies

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Test Taking Strategies

  1. 1. How To: Take a Test Your guide to doing your very best on multiple choice exams!
  2. 2. Do Now: In what year did the United States send a man to the moon? A. 2009 B. 1776 C. 1969 D. Man has never been to the moon. -Why did you choose your answer? -Why are the other answers incorrect? -How did you work through this?
  3. 3. Why use Test Taking Strategies? • Good test taking strategies follow you through life: from your Regents to your SAT’s, from your college finals to your LSAT’s…Everyone needs to know how to take a test! • People pay hundreds and thousands to learn these strategies because they are VALUABLE.
  4. 4. Our Strategies…. • Preview the Test Questions • Make sure to Read all Directions in full • Read with Interest • Read all the Answers • Skip it and Come Back to It • Process of Elimination • Match Questions to Answer Grid • Refer to the passage • Actively take notes while you are reading
  5. 5. Preview the Test Questions Look at the questions ____________________ you start reading the passage, so that you have an idea of what you’re looking for as you read.
  6. 6. Preview the Test Questions Look at the questions __Before___ you start reading the passage, so that you have an idea of what you’re looking for as you read.
  7. 7. Make Sure to Read ALL Directions in Full … Read the directions at the start of each passage. Directions often contain _________________________ about the passage, and you will miss out if you skip over them
  8. 8. Make sure to Read all Directions in Full… Read the directions at the start of each passage. Directions often contain ____Important Information___ about the passage, and you will miss out if you skip over them
  9. 9. Read with Interest Look for useful information, try to draw ________________, and make sure you know what is going on in the passage. If possible, figure out the 5 __________ as you read.
  10. 10. Read with Interest Look for useful information, try to draw ___connections__________, and make sure you know what is going on in the passage. If possible, figure out the 5 ___W’s_______ as you read.
  11. 11. Read all the Answers Always read all ______________. Some answer choices might be almost correct or partially correct. We want to find an answer that is all the way correct, and we can’t find that unless we look deeply at all the options we’re given.
  12. 12. Read all the Answers Always read all ___answer choices__. Some answer choices might be almost correct or partially correct. We want to find an answer that is all the way correct, and we can’t find that unless we look deeply at all the options we’re given.
  13. 13. Skip it and Come Back to It Whenever you are answering a question and are not sure of the answer _________________ and come ___________________. You want to make good use of your time, so you give yourself ample opportunity to answer all the questions on the test.
  14. 14. Skip it and Come Back to It Whenever you are answering a question and are not sure of the answer ___skip it________ and come ___back to it__________. You want to make good use of your time, so you give yourself ample opportunity to answer all the questions on the test.
  15. 15. Process of Elimination After you’ve read all of the ___________________ use your knowledge to eliminate ________________________ answers.
  16. 16. Process of Elimination After you’ve read all of the __Answer choices________ use your knowledge to eliminate ____obviously wrong_______ answers. In what year did the United States send a man to the moon? A. 2009 B. 1776 C. 1969 D. Man has never been to the moon. In what year did the United States send a man to the moon? A. 2009 (I would remember this, so NOT CORRECT.) B. 1776 (this was way too long ago for space travel…there wasn’t even electricity!) C. 1969 (maybe…) D. Man has never been to the moon. (I know that we went to the moon at some point…)
  17. 17. Match question to answer sheet • Avoid mis-griding! • When taking a test it is very important to _________________ your answers to the questions in your test booklet to the answers on your answer grid.
  18. 18. Match question to answer sheet • When taking a test it is very important to _____match______ your answers to the questions in your test booklet to the answers on your answer grid. Questions: 1.What color is the sky? A. Purple B. Yellow C. Blue 2.What is 2+2? A. 5 B. 4 C. 3 Answers 1.A B C O O O 2. A B C O O O Be careful! If you accidentally skipped the first set of bubbles and started going through from there, you’d be filling in the wrong bubble for EVERY question. Match the question number to the answer sheet number EVERY TIME.
  19. 19. Refer to the Passage • When you are presented with questions that ask about specifics from the reading, like vocabulary, sequence, or details, you always want to __________________ to the passage.
  20. 20. Refer to the Passage • When you are presented with questions that ask about specifics from the reading, like vocabulary, sequence, or details, you always want to ___refer/look back at_______ to the passage.
  21. 21. Actively take notes while you are reading • Always _______________________ in your test booklet. If you come across important information underline it. Circle important dates, or names etc. Summarize paragraphs and identify the main idea. This can save you time when you need to ______________________________ to answer questions.
  22. 22. Actively take notes while you are reading • Always _____take notes_________ in your test booklet. If you come across important information underline it. Circle important dates, or names etc. Summarize paragraphs and identify the main idea. This can save you time when you need to _______look back at the passage____ to answer questions.
  23. 23. Group Activity • Using Test Taking Strategies on the RCT’s • If you are called on to give the answer to the question… 1. Say the correct answer 2. Explain HOW you got to that answer, identifying specific strategies you used and how you used them.
  24. 24. Independent Work • Answer: #’s 1-11, “Questions on Regents Practice” pg. 207-208

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