Test Taking Pam Sawyer and Courtenay Jauregui Friday, September 24 th , 2010 10:00 AM
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College Success: test taking 9_24_10

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College Success: test taking 9_24_10

  1. 1. Test Taking Pam Sawyer and Courtenay Jauregui Friday, September 24 th , 2010 10:00 AM
  2. 2. What do you do now? <ul><li>Take the pre-quiz </li></ul><ul><li>and see what you know? </li></ul>
  3. 3. How To Vote via Texting <ul><li>Standard texting rates only (worst case US $0.20) </li></ul><ul><li>We have no access to your phone number </li></ul><ul><li>Capitalization doesn’t matter, but spaces and spelling do </li></ul>TIPS EXAMPLE
  4. 9. Group Share <ul><li>As a group, share positive and disappointing or surprising testing situations you have experienced. </li></ul>
  5. 10. Test Taking: Preparation <ul><li>5 day study plan </li></ul><ul><li>Ask about format, props, etc. ahead of time </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze past tests </li></ul><ul><li>Use mnemonics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try what Michael Scott would do: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Office </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Review vs. relearn </li></ul>
  6. 11. Test Taking: Read Carefully! <ul><li>Directions </li></ul><ul><li>Test questions </li></ul><ul><li>Trigger/di- </li></ul><ul><li>rection words </li></ul><ul><li>Assisted response </li></ul>
  7. 12. How Well Do You Follow Directions? <ul><li>Directions: Read all steps before you begin. </li></ul><ul><li>Write your name on the index card you were given when you walked in. </li></ul><ul><li>In the bottom right hand corner, write the name of this seminar. </li></ul><ul><li>In the bottom left-hand corner, write today’s date. </li></ul><ul><li>Put a box around the seminar name. </li></ul><ul><li>Put a circle around the date. </li></ul><ul><li>Write the name of the college on the back of the card. </li></ul><ul><li>You have now completed the exercise, so let the class know you are finished by calling out “Done.” </li></ul><ul><li>Return to the beginning and do only number one. </li></ul>
  8. 13. Test Taking: During the Test <ul><li>Get enough sleep, food, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive early </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid sitting near distractions </li></ul><ul><li>Survey the test </li></ul><ul><li>Budget your time </li></ul><ul><li>Do the easy stuff first </li></ul><ul><li>Tackling the questions </li></ul><ul><li>Pay attention to the format for future tests </li></ul>
  9. 14. <ul><li>Items in a series </li></ul><ul><li>100 percent modifiers (absolute modifiers) </li></ul><ul><li>In-between modifiers </li></ul><ul><li>Definition clues </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship clues </li></ul><ul><li>Negatives in the form of words or prefixes </li></ul>
  10. 15. True/False
  11. 16. Multiple Choice <ul><li>stem </li></ul><ul><li>options </li></ul><ul><li>distractors </li></ul><ul><li>Two-Step Approach to Use: </li></ul><ul><li>Finish the stem in your mind. Glance to see if any options match your possible ending. </li></ul><ul><li>Create true-false statements by using the stem with each of the options. </li></ul>
  12. 17. Multiple Choice
  13. 18. Multiple Choice <ul><li>Read the directions carefully. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the two-step approach. </li></ul><ul><li>Read all of the options with the stem before selecting an answer. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose the best answer. </li></ul><ul><li>Select “All of the above” only when every option is correct. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid careless mistakes; circle the letter of the correct answer before writing it on the line. </li></ul><ul><li>Carefully read and respond to “not” questions. </li></ul>
  14. 19. Short Answer <ul><li>Circle the direction word and underline key words. </li></ul><ul><li>Determine if the question is closed or open-ended. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a mental plan or short list of key ideas to use in your answer. </li></ul><ul><li>Write a strong, focused opening sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>Expand your answer by adding additional sentences with specific details. </li></ul><ul><li>If necessary, use other parts of the test to locate additional details to expand your answer. </li></ul><ul><li>Proofread and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. </li></ul>
  15. 20. Common Direction Words
  16. 21. Essay Tests <ul><li>Read the question carefully. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify the question as closed or open-ended. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Circle the direction word and underline key words in the question. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the key words in your introduction. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Write a strong thesis sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan the main points of your essay before you begin writing (i.e. map, outline, etc…). </li></ul><ul><li>Use a five-paragraph format that includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Body </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Proofread and revise if time allows. </li></ul>
  17. 22. Essay Tests <ul><li>Make sure you use: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete sentences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sufficient supporting details </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course-specific terminology. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formal language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neat penmanship </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoid using: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vague pronouns (I, you, it) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consider writing on every other line. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from your tests </li></ul>
  18. 23. Test Taking: When All Else Fails… <ul><li>Emergency studying </li></ul><ul><li>Educated guessing </li></ul>
  19. 24. Wrapping Up <ul><li>Emergency Test Prep Activity </li></ul><ul><li>Comments? </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul>Thanks for coming!

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