7 ESSENTIAL STRATEGIES FOR TAKING TESTS:1. As soon as you receive the test, jot down important information
7 ESSENTIAL STRATEGIES FOR TAKING TESTS:2. Survey the test to become familiar with the types of questions, the point value of different questions, and the overall length of the test.
7 ESSENTIAL STRATEGIES FOR TAKING TESTS:3. Budget your time to complete all questions.
7 ESSENTIAL STRATEGIES FOR TAKING TESTS:4. Decide on a starting point. You do not have to take the test in the order in which the questions are presented, you can begin with the part that you feel most comfortable.
7 ESSENTIAL STRATEGIES FOR TAKING TESTS:5. Read all the directions carefully!!
7 ESSENTIAL STRATEGIES FOR TAKING TESTS:6. Use your test time wisely. If you have time available, check your answers but do NOT change answers if you are panicking or feel time is running out.
7 ESSENTIAL STRATEGIES FOR TAKING TESTS:7. Do not leave answer spaces blank if you start to run out of time. When you are running out of time, pick up the pace, read faster, spend less time pondering answers, and make a quick choice or use an educated guess for your answer.
FOUR LEVELS OF RESPONSE: To answer any type of test question, you must conduct a memory search to locate and retrieve information from your long-term memory. The four levels of response are stages students can use to answer test questions: 1. Immediate- this is when you immediately know the answer after reading the test question. 2. Delayed-when you can’t respond immediately, go into retrieval mode to try to stimulate an association or to visualize the information 3. Assisted- when you can’t respond immediately and still can’t recall the information after trying a retrieval strategy, move on to other questions and come back to that question. Information from other questions may trigger an association to help you remember the information. 4. Educated Guessing – this is the “when all else fails” stage and means you provide a guess to the question based on other information you did recall.
SOURCES: Szarlan, John, Suman Singha, and Scott Brown. Striving For Excellence: A Manual for Goal Achievement. Boston: Pearson, 2011. Print. Wong, Linda. Essential Study Skills. 6th ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2009. Print. www.studygs.net/tstprp8.htm