Test-Taking Strategies

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Test-Taking Strategies

  1. 1. Test-Taking Strategies ENG 073 – Academic Reading QVCC – Fall 2008
  2. 2. On Test Day <ul><li>Get some sleep </li></ul>Eat breakfast Be prepared
  3. 3. When you get the test… <ul><li>Preview the entire test </li></ul><ul><li>Read the directions </li></ul><ul><li>Review your work if you have time </li></ul>
  4. 4. Multiple Choice <ul><li>Multiple Choice are not necessarily the easiest questions. You must be able to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fully understand the material </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be able to define terms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critically analyze and think </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apply your knowledge </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Multiple Choice <ul><li>Read the entire question and all of the possible answers </li></ul><ul><li>Translate double negative statements into positive phrases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“not lacking” becomes “having” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“not any” becomes “some” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Which of these are NOT… </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Multiple Choice <ul><li>Eliminate the answers that you know are incorrect </li></ul><ul><li>Quinnebaug Valley Community College is located in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lebanon, CT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Willimantic, CT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>White Plains, NY </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brooklyn, CT </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Multiple Choice <ul><li>“All of the Above”/ “None of the Above” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you are CERTAIN that at least one of the answers is TRUE – do not choose “None of the Above” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you are CERTAIN that at least one of the answers is FALSE – do not choose “All of the Above” </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Multiple Choice <ul><li>Go with your gut – you’re probably right </li></ul>
  9. 9. True/False <ul><li>Never leave them blank – you have a 50/50 shot! </li></ul><ul><li>Look for qualifiers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>never, always, and every (statement must be true all of the time) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>usually, sometimes, and generally (statement can be considered true or false depending on the circumstances) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. True/False Part of the statement is False Entire statement is False Part of the statement is True All of the statement is true
  11. 11. Short Answer <ul><li>To prepare </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use flashcards for key points, dates, names </li></ul></ul>Revolutionary War - British v. Americans - 1775–1783 - Also known as War of Independence
  12. 12. Short Answer <ul><li>Partial credit </li></ul><ul><li>Look for directional words </li></ul>LIST EXPLAIN DESCRIBE COMPARE NAME DISCUSS
  13. 13. Essay <ul><li>Read carefully; look for directions </li></ul><ul><li>Answer ALL of the question </li></ul>Education comes not from books but from practical experience. Write a unified essay in which you perform the following tasks: Explain what you think the above statement means. Describe a specific situation in which books might educate students better than practical experience. Discuss what you think determines when practical experience provides a better education than books do.
  14. 14. Essay Watch Your Time Be Neat
  15. 15. Essay <ul><li>Use outlines in your margins </li></ul><ul><li>Make notes before you begin </li></ul>
  16. 16. Quantitative/Math <ul><li>Memorize formulas – write those down on your test when you get it! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Quantitative/Math <ul><li>Show your work!!! </li></ul>
  18. 18. Most importantly… <ul><li>RELAX!!!! </li></ul>

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