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  • Taking The Test

    Tips on Taking Multiple-Choice Tests

  • LOOK OVER THE TEST AND PACE YOURSELF

    When you first get the test, dont just plunge into answering test items.

  • Thumb through the pages and get the lay of the land.

    How many questions are there?

    How many different sections?

    Are some questions worth more points than others?

  • Once you have looked over the entire test, try to estimate what pace you should maintain in order to finish approximately 10 minutes before the testing period is over.

    This will allow you some time at the end to check for careless mistakes like skipped questions and misread items.

  • Some of the worst problems occur when:

    Students enter a time warp and forget to check the clock.

    Students spend too much time on one or two difficult items.

  • Test Activity Timer Will help you keep up with time during the testing session.

    Ask your teachers:

    1. What is it? Can we use it in your classroom?

    * All teachers have access to one.

  • Take Short Breaks

    Stop for a moment

    Shut your eyes

    Take some deep breaths

    Periodically clearing your head in this way can help you stay fresh during the testing session.

  • Remember You receive NO POINTS for being the FIRST ONE to complete the test!!

  • Dont Skip Around

    There is a difference in skipping around and going on to the next item on a test when you are unsure of the answer for the current item.

  • If you skip from one question/section to another, you may not remember to return to those items you skipped.

  • You should always try to answer questions in order, as they appear on the test.

  • If you are truly baffled (can not recall the content) by a question, make a mental or written note, and continue on with the test returning to that question later.

  • First Answers AreUsually Correct

    Dont speed through items with the idea of going back later to change answers you are unsure of.

  • Taking time to think through each question usually means that your initial answer will be correct.

    There are always exceptions to the rule, but best case practices show that the first time through the test is when you are more likely to answer correctly.

  • What To Do If More Than One Answer Seems Correct

    If you are utterly stumped by a question, the following strategies will help you narrow the field and select the correct answer:

  • Ask yourself whether the answer your are considering completely addresses the question.

  • If the answer is partly true, it is probably not the right answer.

    If the answer is only true under narrow conditions, it is probably not the right answer.

  • If you have to make a significant assumption in order for the answer to be true, and you teachers have not given you similar questions, expecting you to make similar assumptions, dont use that answer.

  • 2. If you think an item is a trick question, think again.

  • There are very few instances that a test item would be written with the intent to deceive.

    If you suspect that a question is a trick item, you may be reading too much into the question.

  • Try to avoid imagining detailed scenarios in which the answer could be true.

    Trick questions, in most cases, are only tricky because they are not taken at face value.

  • 3. If, after your very best effort, you cannot choose between two alternatives, try vividly imagining each one as the correct answer.

  • Most people often feel that one of the answers is wrong.

    Trust this feeling research suggests that feelings can be correct, even when recall is poor. Go with that gut feeling.

  • Although this tip is not infallible, many students find it useful and come up with the correct answer.

  • Two BasicTest TakingStrategies

  • Strategy One

    BREATHE!

  • The night before the test when you cant get to sleep

    Breathe!

  • On the morning of the test when you are feeling nervous

    Breathe!

  • As you open the test booklet

    Breathe!

  • When you read a certain question

    Breathe!

  • When you get a knot of anxiety in your stomach

    Breathe!

  • Take the time to give yourself three deep breaths.

    Why?

  • Breathing deeply allows you to take in more oxygen.

    More oxygen renews all your systems, including your brain!

  • Deep breathing directly counters anxiety and tight muscles.

    Deep breathing lowers tension and reminds you to relax.

  • Strategy Two

    Practice

    Positive

    Self-Talk!

  • What is self-talk? A message we say about ourselves, either out loud to a friend or internally to ourselves.

  • We tend to believe our self-talk messages.

  • Negative Self-TalkAbout Test Taking

    Im scared to death. I dont know this stuff. I know Im going to bomb.

  • Learn to stop these negative messages.

    Dont say them!!

    Dont think them!!

  • Positive Self-TalkAbout Test Taking I did okay on my practice tests. I know this stuff. I got it right yesterday; I can get it right today.

  • Positive self-talk doesnt mean you are a genius, but that you have studied, you know the content, and you feel you can do well on the test.

  • Self-TalkIs

    TRUE!!

  • When it is time for testing, you may try to fool others, but you cant fool yourself. Either you are ready, or you are not. No amount of self-talk will help if you are unprepared.

  • Points To Look For Or Remember When Taking A Test!

  • If you see a response that you anticipated, circle it and then check to be sure that none of the other responses is better. (If you are not allowed to write on the test booklet, use the same process on scratch paper.)

  • Funny responses are usually wrong.

    All of the above is often a correct response. If you can verify that more than one of the other responses is probably correct, then choose all of the above.

  • None of the above is usually an incorrect response, but this is less reliable than the all of the above rule. Be very careful not to be trapped by double negatives.

  • Look for verbal associations. A response that repeats key words that are in the stem is likely to be correct.

    Do not hesitate to ask for clarification during a test in the classroom if you feel that a question could be interpreted in more than one way.

  • Read very slowly, running a pencil under the words as you read to avoid mistakes. Re-read the stem when necessary.

    Look for key words in the stem which you can relate to key words in the choice.

  • Watch for absolutes such as all, none, always, never, only. Circle these words (if allowed to write on testing material) and realize that they usually indicate a false choice, unless you recall the teacher emphasizing an absolute statement during class (e.g., all cells are ___).

  • Change an answer only when you have a concrete reason. Never change an answer because of a feeling. This feeling is often simply nervousness. Your gut feeling should have led you to pick the new answer the first time around. DO NOT confuse the two different feelings.

  • Survey the test completely and read directions carefully.

    Always read all the choices, even when the first and second choice looks correct.

    Think of multiple choice as a series of true/false statements.

  • Paraphrase the stem by saying to yourself, I see, Im looking for

    You may want to anticipate the answer and then look for it.

  • Re-read stems containing negative words (not, except, etc.). To avoid careless errors with these confusing questions, mark each option with a T or F and remind yourself that you are looking for a false statement (usually you are looking for a true statement).

    ONLY WRITE ON TEST BOOKLETSWHEN IT SAYS THAT YOU CAN.

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