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TEST-TAKING STRATEGIES How should you attack the SOL test? The Night & Hour Before the SOL Read through any material your teacher gave you Take a practice test online – SOL 101 website from the Freeman website Go to bed at a reasonable hour (11pm)  Eat breakfast in the morning

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TEST-TAKING STRATEGIES

How should you attack the SOL test?


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The Night & Hour Before the SOL

  • Read through any material your teacher gave you

  • Take a practice test online – SOL 101 website from the Freeman website

  • Go to bed at a reasonable hour (11pm) 

  • Eat breakfast in the morning

  • Get to school on time so you don’t feel rushed

  • Go to the bathroom before you sit down 


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Look at the question first

  • Take your scratch paper and cover up the answer choices before you read the question.

  • Get an idea of what the answer is and then look at your answer choices to match it up.


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Answer choices

  • Look at the answer choices one at a time

  • Take your scratch paper and pull it down one choice at a time

  • Don’t confuse your brain by looking at too many choices at one time

  • Start with choice D. The most inviting wrong answer falls to A some times.


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Tools on Test

  • Did you know that the tools on the test are there to help you?

    • Highlighter- use the highlighter to mark up key concepts or to mark areas of the passage that pertains to a specific question.

    • X marks – mark out answers that you KNOW are not right so that your eye doesn’t constantly read over them.


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TestNav Tools for Math


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Chemistry

Calculator

Element table

Erase an answer mark or a mark where you eliminated a choice


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English

Hit this button

To eliminate answer

choices

Highlighter –

Mark parts of questions or texts to remember

Explains tools


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Try to eliminate two of your answer choices

Use your scratch paper to make notes about reading passages as well as questions.

Other Hints


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From Wise Cty strategies from BYU

  • Read the test directions very carefully and watch for details.

  • You may find that more than one answer may seem possible on multiple choice questions.

  • Rely on your first impressions.

    The answer which comes to mind first is often correct.

    Nervously reviewing questions and changing answers can do more harm than good.

  • Return to difficult questions you marked for review.

  • Make sure you answered all questions.


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Wise Cty from Austin Community College test-taking tips

  • Keep a positive attitude. Decide to do your best and focus on the material you know.

  • Concentrate on the test. Don't worry about your ability, the behavior of other people, the number of questions, or even short memory lapses.

  • Pay close attention to one question at a time. This kind of concentration reduces anxiety.

  • Relax as much as you can. If you're too nervous to think or read carefully, try to slow down physically. Take several slow, deep breaths. Then start to work.


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Wise County continued

  • Answer the easiest questions first. You'll feel more confident, and you may also find some helpful ideas for the more difficult questions. 

  • Read each test question carefully. If you don't understand what is being asked, skip it and come back to it later.

  • Review the test questions and your answers to them. Make any changes you think are important, but don't change your answers unless you have a good reason to do so. 

  • Think if any of the later questions gave you information that might clear up things you weren't sure about.


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Alleghany County schools test tips

  • Read the entire direction line twice. 

  • ·        It is important to read the entire direction line carefully so you know exactly what to do.

  • ·        Some questions will tell you to look for the answer choice that is correct.

  • ·        Some questions will tell you to look for the answer choice that has a mistake.

  • Look for CUE WORDS

  •           A CUE WORD is a word in the test question that tells you what to look for in the answer.

  •           Sometimes cue words are written in all CAPITAL LETTERS.  They may be printed in bold,  italics, or underlined.


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Allegany County Cue Words

  • Some cue words you may see on the SOL Test:

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  • NOT           For both of these words, you are to find

  • EXCEPT       the answer that is unlike the others

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  • MOST         If you see one of these words, you are to

  • BEST           find the answer that is the most logical

                       or makes the most sense.

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  • LEAST        When you see this word, you are to find the

                       answer that is the least logical or makes the

                       least sense.


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BREATHE

  • All we ask is that you try to do your best.

  • Smile when it is over and believe in yourself and your abilities


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