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TEST TAKING
Preparation Skill
Gathering Information About a Test
   The more you find out about an upcoming test, the better
    equipped you will be for preparing for and taking the test.
   Use the following strategies to prepare for upcoming tests:
       Course Materials: Review your course syllabus and class assignment
        sheets so you know specifically what chapters and topics will be
        included on the test.
       Instructors: Listen carefully to your instructor’s description of the test
        and the topics or chapters that the test will cover. Sometimes you
        instructor will emphasize which materials you should review or what
        types of questions will appear on the test.
       Other Students: Talk to other students who have already completed the
        course and tutors who are familiar with the course. Ask them for study
        suggestions and about the kinds of test questions to expect.
Reviewing Your Study Tools and Materials
   To prepare for an upcoming test, begin by reviewing study
    tools that you have already created such as lecture and
    textbook notes
   Six Essential Strategies for Reviewing for Tests:
    1.   Review your lecture notes, textbook notes, and study tools that
         you have created.
    2.   Assess the effectiveness of your learning and reviewing
         strategies.
    3.   Review associations, visualizations, and any mnemonics you
         previously created.
    4.   For some coursework, rework previous problems to help retain the
         process or formula.
    5.   Review one final time the night before a test.
    6.   Review an hour or so the day of the test.
Creating Summary Notes
   Summary notes are specific notes that
    include information that you need to
    review further before the day of the test.
   Summary notes can be: lists, comparison
    charts, outlines, flashcards, visual
    mappings or hierarchies, or Cornell notes.
   Summary notes differ from regular notes
    because they do not include all
    information, particularly information and
    concepts you already know.
Predicting Test Questions
   Predicting test questions is an excellent way to prepare
    for test and reduce test anxiety.
   Understanding the types of questions is the first step,
    some common question formats are:
     Objective questions = true-false, multiple choice, and
      matching
     Recall questions = fill-in-the-blank, listings, definitions, short
      answers, and problem solving
     Essay questions - retrieve the information from memory,
      organize it, and use effective writing skills to respond
   Predicting questions is even easier after you have taken
    one or two tests from a specific instructor and have a
    sense of the types of tests he or she uses.
Reviewing with Others
   Review sessions are an effective way to
    receive immediate feedback about the
    topics you understand clearly and those
    that you need to review further.
   Study Groups are also an effective way
    to prepare for tests. If a study group
    does not exist, you can create one with
    members of your class. Just remember a
    study group needs to have structure to
    be effective and efficient.
Using a Five-Day Study Plan
   A five-day study plan is a plan of action that helps you
    organize your materials and time to review for a major test,
    such as a midterm or final exam. The plan promotes spaced
    practice and ongoing review and reduces the tendencies to
    procrastinate, cram, or have test anxiety.
   How to create a five-day study plan:
    1.   Be specific and realistic – list all topics and materials you need
         to review
    2.   Set target days and times – organize specific blocks of time
         over the course of five days
    3.   Identify the steps and a plan of action – which topics or
         chapters will you review on what days.
    4.   Plan a reward – choose a reward for yourself after you
         complete the five-day study plan and after you complete the
         test
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

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Test taking preparation skills

  • 2. Gathering Information About a Test  The more you find out about an upcoming test, the better equipped you will be for preparing for and taking the test.  Use the following strategies to prepare for upcoming tests:  Course Materials: Review your course syllabus and class assignment sheets so you know specifically what chapters and topics will be included on the test.  Instructors: Listen carefully to your instructor’s description of the test and the topics or chapters that the test will cover. Sometimes you instructor will emphasize which materials you should review or what types of questions will appear on the test.  Other Students: Talk to other students who have already completed the course and tutors who are familiar with the course. Ask them for study suggestions and about the kinds of test questions to expect.
  • 3. Reviewing Your Study Tools and Materials  To prepare for an upcoming test, begin by reviewing study tools that you have already created such as lecture and textbook notes  Six Essential Strategies for Reviewing for Tests: 1. Review your lecture notes, textbook notes, and study tools that you have created. 2. Assess the effectiveness of your learning and reviewing strategies. 3. Review associations, visualizations, and any mnemonics you previously created. 4. For some coursework, rework previous problems to help retain the process or formula. 5. Review one final time the night before a test. 6. Review an hour or so the day of the test.
  • 4. Creating Summary Notes  Summary notes are specific notes that include information that you need to review further before the day of the test.  Summary notes can be: lists, comparison charts, outlines, flashcards, visual mappings or hierarchies, or Cornell notes.  Summary notes differ from regular notes because they do not include all information, particularly information and concepts you already know.
  • 5. Predicting Test Questions  Predicting test questions is an excellent way to prepare for test and reduce test anxiety.  Understanding the types of questions is the first step, some common question formats are:  Objective questions = true-false, multiple choice, and matching  Recall questions = fill-in-the-blank, listings, definitions, short answers, and problem solving  Essay questions - retrieve the information from memory, organize it, and use effective writing skills to respond  Predicting questions is even easier after you have taken one or two tests from a specific instructor and have a sense of the types of tests he or she uses.
  • 6. Reviewing with Others  Review sessions are an effective way to receive immediate feedback about the topics you understand clearly and those that you need to review further.  Study Groups are also an effective way to prepare for tests. If a study group does not exist, you can create one with members of your class. Just remember a study group needs to have structure to be effective and efficient.
  • 7. Using a Five-Day Study Plan  A five-day study plan is a plan of action that helps you organize your materials and time to review for a major test, such as a midterm or final exam. The plan promotes spaced practice and ongoing review and reduces the tendencies to procrastinate, cram, or have test anxiety.  How to create a five-day study plan: 1. Be specific and realistic – list all topics and materials you need to review 2. Set target days and times – organize specific blocks of time over the course of five days 3. Identify the steps and a plan of action – which topics or chapters will you review on what days. 4. Plan a reward – choose a reward for yourself after you complete the five-day study plan and after you complete the test
  • 8. 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