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Test taking skills

  1. 1. Test-Taking SkillsDr Mohammed Haroon Rashid
  2. 2. First & Foremost… Put the test in perspective. Of course, you want to do your best,but remember: This test is not the end of the world, allyou are doing is putting marks on apiece of paper or on a computer screen. Be prepared. Relax. Know that you will pass the test withflying colors.
  3. 3. Planning Your Approach Prepare physically for the exam. Prepare mentally for the exam. Find out about the test. Know what is expected of you. Design an exam plan. Join a study group. Use tutoring and other campus supportresources.
  4. 4. Strategies for Various Tests One strategy that works for almost alltests: If an answer comes quickly, go with it! If you’re really not sure, come back to itlater. Otherwise, different tests havedifferent strategies: Objective tests Subjective tests
  5. 5. Objective & Subjective Tests Objective tests include multiple choice matching true-false fill in the blank Subjective tests Short answer Essay questions Good study strategiesinclude: using flash cards making a conceptvocabulary list reviewing your text’sstudy guide reviewing your notes work with a tutor join a study group
  6. 6. Multiple Choice Strategies Read the question carefully and try to answer itbefore you read the choices. Strike out wrong answers. Mark answers clearly and consistently. Change answers cautiously. Beware of second-guessing yourself. Read all the options before making a choice. If you don’t know an answer, move on. If all else fails, make an educated guess!!
  7. 7. True-False Strategies Read the question carefully. Go with your hunch. Watch for key words: Absolutes (never, etc.) are probably false Relatives (some, etc.) are probably true Double negatives – not untruthful, etc. If a part of it is false, all of it is false. Answer all questions unless there isa penalty for guessing.
  8. 8. Fill-in-the-Blank Strategies Read thoroughly to be sure what is beingasked. Be brief and specific. Give an answer for every blank. Short blanks may have long answers andvice versa. Don’t assume anything. Remember an “a” before a blank wants aconsonant word and “an” a vowel word. Watch for key “trigger” words.
  9. 9. Essay Question Strategies Read the questioncarefully. What is the questionasking for? Outline the key ideas. Refer specifically to thequestion in your openingsentence. Make a clear, coherentthesis statement. Develop the main body ofthe essay to support yourthesis statement. Conclude by summarizinghow your thesis issupported. Watch grammar, spellingand punctuation. Use humor if it fits in. Be sure you havecompletely answered thequestion. Write legibly. Proofread your work.
  10. 10. Okay, you flunked it!Now recover your balance. Don’t let yourself become undone by onefailure. Use the disappointment to critically thinkabout the causes of the poor performance crafting new strategies to improve yoursituation. Begin by reviewing your test results. Talk to your instructor or a tutor.
  11. 11. Tempted to cheat?Resist the ImpulseCheating can have ugly consequences: Cheaters struggle with a nagging conscience, self-doubt,dissatisfaction, and guilt. Humiliation results if you get caught. You may, at least, receive a “0” on your exam, or possibly beexpelled from the college or university. Professors who catch you cheating may spread the word andrefuse to write letters of recommendation, ruining chances forgraduate study or participation in special programs. And remember the person you cheat the most is yourself.
  12. 12. Finally, one more time:The Big ThreeBe prepared!Relax!Know you can do it!
  13. 13. Thank You!Thank You!