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Mastering the Test: Winning Test-Taking Strategies

Learning Objective: Investigate test-taking skills to achieve higher assessment scores

Being prepared for tests is not an easy process. Even if you are prepared, tests can still make you feel anxious. Why is being a good test taker so important in college? In colleges and universities, much of a student’s grades are based on quiz and test performance. Doing well on these tests is typically a major indicator of your subject matter knowledge and a good indicator of how you would perform in the workplace. Having good test scores will jumpstart your career. In this seminar, we will address test-taking and test preparation tips and strategies for college-level tests. Applying helpful test-taking and test preparation skills addressed in this seminar, such as writing down everything you remember, reading the directions, browsing the test questions, putting together a plan, and making an educated guess, will teach you how to prepare for and perform well on any test so that you feel confident that you’re bringing your testing A game.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

a. Review the factors that limit achieving higher college assessment scores.
b. Identify practices for dealing with test anxiety.
c. Measure the validity of current test-taking methods.
d. Generate more efficient techniques for improving assessment scores.

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Mastering the Test: Winning Test-Taking Strategies

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  2. 2. Overview • Introductions • Winning Test-Taking Strategy Principles • Final Remarks
  3. 3. Think-Pair-Share • List 1 test-taking challenge you’ve faced so far • With a partner come up with 1 thing you can do/have done to overcome this challenge
  4. 4. BEFORE THE EXAM Preparation
  5. 5. Avoid Procrastination Manage your time wisely You want to avoid: •Cramming sessions and sleepless nights •Distractions (people, places, things) •Stress and frustration Why do we procrastinate?
  6. 6. Work Ahead Maximize your free time! When should I work ahead? • In between classes • When I do not have many assignments • When I have no clubs/extracurricular activity meetings (or cancelled meetings) • Weekends
  7. 7. Pointers for Studying • Develop a study schedule • Select a study location • Assess knowledge of course material • Organize and review notes • Brainstorm possible test questions Discover what techniques work for you
  8. 8. Actively Read Text Books • Work through example problems • Write down questions & thoughts • Take notes Reading reinforces material covered in class
  9. 9. Group Study •Decreases procrastination & Increases student motivation •Learn from peers • Setting Up and Solving Problems • New Study Skills/Techniques •Breaks the Monotony •Prepares you for your professional career Benefits of Studying in Groups
  10. 10. Preparing for Exams Discover what techniques work for you • Be honest with yourself • Review class notes and text books • Attend study sessions (if offered) • Resolve all questions • Create a practice exam (time yourself taking the test)* • Mentally prepare (relax, sleep, eat) • Predict test questions
  11. 11. Seek Help & Advice • Seeking help is not bad! • Don’t procrastinate when you need help • Where to go when you need help • Learning centers/tutoring • Professors & Teaching Assistants • Counseling • Personal tutors • Peers • For standardized tests (sample tests online, etc.)
  12. 12. DURING THE EXAM Execution
  13. 13. During the Exam • Focus • Arrive early and take a moment to relax • Instructions (Clarification announcements) • Read through entire exam first
  14. 14. During the Exam • Look for cues, make proper assumptions • Point values • Plan to finish early and review • Pay attention to point values for questions (manage your time)