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Test Taking Tips
Presented by
Prof. Janice R. Close, M.A., RRT-NPS

Practice Makes Perfect
Test Taking Tips
Tests are Scary!
Acquired Skill!
 Tips only work if the student has studied
Practice Taking Tests
 Sample exam questions
 Review books
 Review quizzes and
exams on-line
 Engrade
 Myhealthprofes...
Before The Test
Arrive Early
 Don’t be rushed
 Give yourself time to,
park, get to class,
relax.
 That Means You …
Come Prepared
 Pens, Pencils
 Scrap Paper

 No personal belongings
on desk
 Name badge, Ipad, cell
phones away
Write Down
 Formulas and
memorized numbers
 As soon as you
receive your scrap
paper
 Draw pictures or
diagrams
Alleviate Test Anxiety
Stress Reduction
Don’t cram
Don’t rush
Deep breathing
Relaxation exercises
Test Taking Skills
May be timed
Pace yourself
About One Minute
 Per question
 Check periodically
Follow Directions
Circle answer choice for multiple choice
Write in Letter corresponding to choice
in CAPS (easier to re...
Fill In Completely
Don’t skip
Don’t change
No stray marks
Double check that
answer is clicked
Read Entire Question
One Best Answer
Stem: the
"question”
Choices:
responses/
distracters
ABCD(E)
Process of Elimination
A.
B.
C.
D.

OSHA
HIPAA
NIOSH
AMA
Find the Best Answer
 Distracters designed to be plausible or even
acceptable
 But only one choice is best
 Eliminate o...
Choices
Best
Acceptable
Incorrect
Harmful
Key Words
 Priority order
 First, next
 Least, most

 Watch negatives
 Except, not

 Most important
 Major, primary...
Avoid Choices
 That are obviously different
 These are usually not the correct
response
L vs. ml, ml vs. Mg
 Exam write...
Be Wary of Absolutes
 Always, never, all,
none, in-,im Usually not the correct
choice
 “All of the above”
correct choic...
Do Not Look for a Pattern!
 There is none
 Select response you best
understand
 If you have never heard of a
choice, ch...
When In Doubt...
Guess
Pick B
Don’t leave any blank!
You may not have time
to go back
Change Answers Sparingly!
 Only if you realize first
choice was ridiculous
 Avoid temptation to
change answers
 Go with...
Closure
Avoid going back and changing answers
You may not have time!
Finish the test!
If You Don’t Ask…
 Proctor cannot help
you with exam content
 But may be able to
clarify confusion
Don’t Get Emotionally Involved
 Cant do anything
about it during the
test!
 Keep calm and
focused
 Don’t give up!
 You...
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  1. 1. Test Taking Tips Presented by Prof. Janice R. Close, M.A., RRT-NPS Practice Makes Perfect
  2. 2. Test Taking Tips Tests are Scary!
  3. 3. Acquired Skill!  Tips only work if the student has studied
  4. 4. Practice Taking Tests  Sample exam questions  Review books  Review quizzes and exams on-line  Engrade  Myhealthprofessionskit.co m
  5. 5. Before The Test
  6. 6. Arrive Early  Don’t be rushed  Give yourself time to, park, get to class, relax.  That Means You …
  7. 7. Come Prepared  Pens, Pencils  Scrap Paper  No personal belongings on desk  Name badge, Ipad, cell phones away
  8. 8. Write Down  Formulas and memorized numbers  As soon as you receive your scrap paper  Draw pictures or diagrams
  9. 9. Alleviate Test Anxiety
  10. 10. Stress Reduction Don’t cram Don’t rush Deep breathing Relaxation exercises
  11. 11. Test Taking Skills May be timed Pace yourself
  12. 12. About One Minute  Per question  Check periodically
  13. 13. Follow Directions Circle answer choice for multiple choice Write in Letter corresponding to choice in CAPS (easier to read) Make sure you CLICKed the answer
  14. 14. Fill In Completely Don’t skip Don’t change No stray marks Double check that answer is clicked
  15. 15. Read Entire Question
  16. 16. One Best Answer Stem: the "question” Choices: responses/ distracters ABCD(E)
  17. 17. Process of Elimination A. B. C. D. OSHA HIPAA NIOSH AMA
  18. 18. Find the Best Answer  Distracters designed to be plausible or even acceptable  But only one choice is best  Eliminate obviously wrong choices  Improve the odds  Choose from what’s left
  19. 19. Choices Best Acceptable Incorrect Harmful
  20. 20. Key Words  Priority order  First, next  Least, most  Watch negatives  Except, not  Most important  Major, primary  Standard practice  Usually, often
  21. 21. Avoid Choices  That are obviously different  These are usually not the correct response L vs. ml, ml vs. Mg  Exam writers try not be too obvious
  22. 22. Be Wary of Absolutes  Always, never, all, none, in-,im Usually not the correct choice  “All of the above” correct choice only 60% of the time
  23. 23. Do Not Look for a Pattern!  There is none  Select response you best understand  If you have never heard of a choice, chances are it is a distracter  Take questions at face value do not read too much into the question
  24. 24. When In Doubt... Guess Pick B Don’t leave any blank! You may not have time to go back
  25. 25. Change Answers Sparingly!  Only if you realize first choice was ridiculous  Avoid temptation to change answers  Go with your first instinct, usually correct  8/9 of knowledge is subconscious  More people change answers from right to wrong (75% of the time)
  26. 26. Closure Avoid going back and changing answers You may not have time! Finish the test!
  27. 27. If You Don’t Ask…  Proctor cannot help you with exam content  But may be able to clarify confusion
  28. 28. Don’t Get Emotionally Involved  Cant do anything about it during the test!  Keep calm and focused  Don’t give up!  You may comment on question quality afterwards

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