Test Taking Skills


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Test Taking Skills

  1. 1. Test Taking Skills Important ideas to help you survive
  2. 2. 1. Read the question. <ul><li>Basic skills for any test involve the taker REALLY reading the question. </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the words – which words do you know for sure, and which ones can you figure out from context clues? </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t know a key word in a question, look at the answers for clues. </li></ul>
  3. 3. 2. Use what you know. <ul><li>You aren’t going to know everything, but you can increase your chances of being right by using what you know and using context clues. </li></ul><ul><li>Ex: “Jabberwocky” </li></ul><ul><li>Look at prefixes and suffixes </li></ul><ul><li>Look at root words </li></ul>
  4. 4. 3. Form an answer in your mind. <ul><li>Come up with an answer on your own first, and then look at the answers given. </li></ul>
  5. 5. 4. Eliminate any answers that cannot be correct. <ul><li>Use what you know along with the answer you formed before looking at what is given to eliminate what you know is wrong. </li></ul><ul><li>You should be able to eliminate 1to 3 answers right away. </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the answers left and determine which is the best answer. </li></ul>
  6. 6. 6. Guess <ul><li>If you have </li></ul><ul><li>used what you know </li></ul><ul><li>formed an answer in your mind </li></ul><ul><li>eliminated the answers that will not work </li></ul><ul><li>and you still have no idea - guess. </li></ul><ul><li>Your chances should be as good as 1 out of 2, or 1 out of 3. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Reading Passages <ul><li>Read the questions at the end of the passage to give you an idea of the information for which you are looking. </li></ul><ul><li>Read the entire passage first. </li></ul><ul><li>If possible, mark up the passage by underlining main ideas and important facts. </li></ul><ul><li>Go back to the passage as often as possible to find the answer. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>GO BACK TO THE PASSAGE!! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Analogies <ul><li>Create a sentence which defines the relationship between the first set of words. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the exact same sentence but plug in the next set and the blank. </li></ul><ul><li>Go through the answers and eliminate answers that cannot possibly be correct. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose the best answer from the choices left. </li></ul><ul><li>If you still have no idea, guess. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Math Skills <ul><li>Skim the test quickly. If it requires you to use any formulas that are not given, take time to jot down those formulas on your paper. </li></ul><ul><li>When copying a problem onto a sheet of scratch paper, double-check the accuracy of your numbers before beginning your computation. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Draw pictures, graphs, or any visual aids that will help you better understand any problems - especially word problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Underline or circle any negative words in the directions. (ex; EXCEPT, DO NOT, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Review your work!! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Reading Charts and Graphs <ul><li>Look at the labels on the charts and graphs - sometimes a scale on one axis will provide a valuable clue. </li></ul><ul><li>Read all graphs twice!!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Think carefully about the meaning of the concepts used in the items. </li></ul><ul><li>Pay attention to prefixes and suffixes. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Reading Charts and Graphs <ul><li>Look for the verbs in the questions. These will help focus your response.   </li></ul><ul><li>Draw or sketch out the question item. Often a question will become clear to you if you diagram the process, list what you know, and identify what you are to answer. </li></ul><ul><li>When reading diagrams, follow the entire cycle to understand the process. </li></ul><ul><li>Read diagrams twice!!! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Reading Charts and Graphs <ul><li>Use common sense and logic. Many times important clues are found in another question   </li></ul><ul><li>Many parts of tests assess how you use and think about what you know regarding a subject -- more than measuring facts you have memorized. </li></ul><ul><li>BRAINSTORM using a concept map or outline as you begin to construct your response. Using this strategy will access your prior knowledge. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Reading Charts and Graphs Summary <ul><li>Read each question CAREFULLY. </li></ul><ul><li>CHECK the verbs. </li></ul><ul><li>CHECK all the parts of the question including the supporting graphs, charts diagrams, and informational reading. </li></ul><ul><li>CHECK the data. </li></ul><ul><li>CHECK the text. </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the task.   </li></ul>
  16. 16. On Test Day <ul><li>Get plenty of sleep the night before. </li></ul><ul><li>Eat a good breakfast. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring three sharpened pencils. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring a book to read after you are finished. </li></ul>