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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Test Taking But Were Afraid To Ask. Study Strategies taught. Study for the test over a period of time not just the night before Study techniques such as review the chapter review notes reread work using active reading techniques

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study strategies taught
Study Strategies taught
  • Study for the test over a period of time not just the night before
  • Study techniques such as
    • review the chapter
    • review notes
    • reread work using active reading techniques
    • make your own notes on the material
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Study Strategies taught
  • Study techniques continued:
    • use at least three different memory techniques such as
      • mnemonics
      • acronyms
      • visual associations (pictures)
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Study Strategies taught
  • Use a tape recorder
  • Have someone quiz you
  • Use past tests to help you study
  • Try to think of questions the teacher would ask you
  • Understand patterns in testing
reading directions
Reading Directions
  • Read all directions before you begin
  • Write down formulas or definitions
  • Highlight Key words
  • Use rough paper to breakdown two step questions and outline answers
objective tests
Objective tests
  • Types
    • Matching
    • Fill-in-the-blanks
    • True-false
    • Multiple Choice
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Objective tests
  • General Rules
    • Read all questions first
    • Determine the number of questions and the amount of time that is allowed
    • Estimate how much time to spend on each question
    • Answer the questions you know first
    • Unless the teacher takes marks off for wrong answers answer all the questions - leave nothing blank. A blank = 0
    • Review all your answers and if you are doing a scantron test make sure you have bubbled in the correct response.
matching tests
Matching Tests
  • Read All instructions first
  • Check to see that the number of choices are the same in both columns
  • Depending on memory capability work with the answer or explanation columns first
  • When you choose an answer cross it out so you do not have to read the choice again
true false tests
True-False Tests
  • Read all instructions first
  • Since very few things are ever absolute - the following words are clue words that USUALLY signal that the statement is false
    • All - None
    • Always - Never
    • Every
    • Only
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True-False Tests
  • Some words because they are more general in nature are USUALLY found in true statements
    • Some - Often
    • Usually - Except
    • Sometimes - Rarely
    • Probably
    • Mainly
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True-False Tests
  • Check the sequence of the statements as the words may be right but the order is wrong
  • Sometimes they will reword a positive or negative statement I.e. cells are… vs. cells are not… - Don’t be fooled by the wording
  • In order for an answer to be true the entire statement must be true. Nothing within that statement can be false
fill in tests
Fill - In Tests
  • Again, Read all the instructions carefully first
  • Read the statement if you know the answer for the missing space fill it in
  • If you are not sure of the answer skip it and move on to the next one. Information that you read as you go on can help you answer the question
  • Again if you are not penalized for the wrong answer leave nothing blank
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Fill-In Tests
  • If you are given a word list remember to cross out answers as you use them
  • Remember to look for signal words
multiple choice tests
Multiple Choice Tests
  • Again, Read all the questions over
  • Attempt to predict the answer before reading the choices
  • Choose the answer that best fits the questions
  • On negative questions, such as which one is not a reason or all of the following except - Read each choice and decide if that fact was included. Eliminate those choices that were included and you should be left with one answer
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Multiple Choice Tests
  • Guess unless you are penalized for the wrong answer
  • Again, review scantron sheets
  • When in doubt pick C
essay test
Essay Test
  • Again, Read all directions carefully
  • Decide how much time you should spend on the question
  • Start with the essay question that is easiest for you
essay tests
Essay Tests
  • Create an outline by initially jotting down pertinent ideas and then numbering the ideas in the order you want to use them
  • Decide upon the main idea and supporting details
  • Use part of the essay question as your thesis statement
  • Remember the rules of a 5 sentence paragraph or 5 paragraph essay
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Essay Tests
  • Leave space between answers to go back and add information
  • Reread
  • Answer all the questions
  • Be specific; use relevant facts
  • Proofread for grammar, punctuation, spelling and organization
using old tests
Using Old Tests
  • Analyse the type of questions missed
  • Which type of question did you miss the most
  • Did the missed questions involve
    • details (people, places, events, vocabulary)
    • general (short answer or essay)
    • higher level thinking questions or application questions
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Using Old Tests
  • Remember to consistently review the information
  • when responding to short answer or essay tests, you need to understand how the details relate to the major concepts
  • When answering application questions you need to be able to recall the facts and then apply your knowledge to different situations
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Using Old Tests
  • Did the test mirror other tests prepared by your teacher
  • Look at the question missed on the test
    • was it already highlighted
    • was it in your notes
    • was it a review question in the test
    • was it in your recall questions
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Using Old Tests
  • When studying for the test did you?
    • Cram
    • Study over several days
    • reviewed recall questions
    • use special memory techniques
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Using Old tests
  • Were there any surprises on this test?
  • Decide what changes you need to make before the next test
  • Correct all the incorrect test questions
test taking tips for the literacy test
Test Taking Tips for the Literacy Test
  • Review signal words that are similar to the review questions from the samples from EQAO
  • Review grammar and punctuation rules
  • Questions tend to move from knowledge and understanding to thinking and inquiry
  • Watch for two step questions
  • Support you opinions with facts from the reading selections
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Test Taking Tips for the Literacy Test
  • Summary
    • Condensed can of soup
    • Do not use the word I
  • Information
    • The nosey Reporter
    • Who, what, when, where, why, and how
  • News Report
    • Be aware of your audience and pertinent information to fit your topic.
tips for taking the literacy test
Tips for Taking the Literacy Test
  • Opinion Paragraph/Essay
    • State your opinion clearly
    • Do not use slang
    • Write at least 3 paragraphs but it is better to follow the format of a 5 paragraph essay
    • Remember to use a main idea and supporting details for each paragraph
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Tips for taking the Literacy test
  • Reread all your answers
  • Proofread for spelling and grammar errors, and organization these are areas of the rubric
  • Check once again to make sure you have followed all instructions - again this is an area of focus on their rubric
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