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Test-Taking Strategies. Adapted from Matt Guffey, Longridge Elementary School. “Jail” the Detail!. Highlight, underline, or circle the details in the questions. This helps you focus on exactly what the question is asking you to do. Mr. Detail. Test Taking Strategy # 2.

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Test taking strategies

Test-Taking Strategies

Adapted from Matt Guffey, Longridge Elementary School


Jail the detail

“Jail” the Detail!

  • Highlight, underline, or circle the details in the questions. This helps you focus on exactly what the question is asking you to do.

Mr. Detail


Test taking strategies

Test Taking Strategy # 2

Alwayslisten to the directions given by teacher.

LISTEN

  • Read the directions written on the test

  • Read the question and all answer choices before marking anything.

READ

  • Ask the teacher if you do not understand the directions.

ASK

Follow Directions!


Be slick and predict

Be Slick and Predict!

  • Predict what the answer is BEFORE you read the choices.

“I think the

answer is …”


Slash the trash

Slash the Trash!

  • Read ALL of the answer choices! Eliminate any choice(s) that you know are not the correct answer. The choice is obviously “trash!”


Plug it in plug it in

Plug it in, Plug it in!

  • Once you have chosen your answer, plug it in and make sure that it makes sense! (this works really well with vocabulary questions).


Be smart with charts zap the maps

Be Smart With Charts & Zap the Maps!

  • Charts and Maps provide information that you can use to answer questions! Analyze ALL information provided before answering the questions!


Extra extra read all about it

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

  • If the directions say read…. READ! Pay close attention to signal words in the directions, such as explain, interpret, and compare.


Be a whiz with the grid

Be a Whiz…with the Grid!

  • Beware! If the answer is not bubbled in exactly right… YIKES! It will be wrong!


Unpack the question

“UNPACK” the Question!

Underline key words

Number the parts of the ?

Plan how you will answer

Answer using specific details

Check off each part as you do it

Keep up the great work


Check it out

Check It Out!

  • When you have completed the test, go back and check your work!


Test taking strategies

Test Taking Strategy

Use your time wisely!

2. It is important to answer every question even if you are not sure of the answer.

  • 1. Don’t spend too much time on any one question.

5. Answer the easiest questions first, but be sure to go back to those questions you skipped.

3. Use all your time! There are no extra points for finishing early.

4. Save time at the endtoreview your testand make sure you haven't left out any answers.


Test taking strategies

ANSWERS WITH THE FOLLOWING WORDS ARE USUALLY WRONG/FALSE

ALL ALWAYS

MUST NONE

NEVER EVERY

ENTIRELY BEST WORSTONLY

EVERYONE

ABSOLUTE WORDS


Test taking strategies

Test Taking Strategy FYI

Educated guessing means using everything you know to attempt to answer the question

A random guess gives you a 25% chance of getting the right answer. An educated guess gives you chance of answering correctly up to 75% .

Educated Guess


Example

Example

Which development most enabled early peoples to form permanent settlements?

A. advances in agricultural production

B. the creation of democratic government

  • the spread of monotheism

    D. advances in written language

    CSH10239


Example1

Example

Which of the following is true for people who live in California?

  • A. Everyone in California lives on the San Andreas Fault.

  • B. Because California’s most powerful earthquake was in 1906, the next powerful earthquake will be centuries away.

  • C. Only people who live in California experience earthquakes.

  • D. People living in California experience earthquakes more frequently than in any other place in the country.


Test taking strategies

Test Taking Strategy # 8

The context of a word includes all the words and sentences that surround it and the situation in which the word is used

WHEN THE ANSWER IS NOT CLEAR, LOOK FOR CLUES ( CONTEXT, TENSE, WORD TYPE, GRAMMAR) IN THE QUESTION AND THE ANSWER CHOICES

LOOK FOR CLUES


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