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TEST TAKING PREPARATION BEGINS THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS Presentation provided by UTPB West Texas Literacy Center, an HSI funded program. HSI is a federally funded program granted by the Department of Education Title V programs. Developed by Ana Miller, M.A., Reading Specialist

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TEST TAKINGPREPARATION

BEGINS THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS

Presentation provided by UTPB West Texas Literacy Center, an HSI funded program. HSI is a federally funded program granted by the Department of Education Title V programs.

Developed by Ana Miller, M.A., Reading Specialist


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Test Anxiety: How Do We Develop Feelings of Panic?

  • Past experiences

  • Inadequate preparation


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Why prepare?

  • Less anxiety

  • No time constraints

  • Access to books notes, and tutors

  • Answers are in your book, handouts, notes, other resources

  • Preparedness = Improved performance


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Test Preparedness

  • Analyze the professor’s test technique

  • Complete projects and papers well before scheduled exams

  • Create study guides and flash cards as you take notes

  • Adjust your study method. For objective tests, focus on specific details. For essay exams, focus on broad concepts and relationships.


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Types of Tests

  • Open book

  • Computation

  • Essay

  • Short answer

  • Fill in the blank

  • True-false (objective)

  • Multiple choice (objective)


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Open Book Tests

  • Prepare

  • Become extremely familiar with the book, handouts, study guides

  • If you are allowed, make a reference sheet to save time

  • Focus on main ideas and where you can find them in the book or other approved materials

  • Highlight important points, use post-it-notes, add notes IF ALLOWED


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Open Book Tests Continued

  • Take all resources the professor has approved

  • Answer the questions you know, then go to your resources

  • Use your book and other resources as a back up and for verification


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Computation Tests

  • Understand why, when, and how to use specific formulas

  • Create a formula study sheet and use it as a review

  • When you receive the test, write down the formulas you can remember in the margin of the test

  • READ ALL DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY

  • Show ALL work (partial credit)

  • Check over the test


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Essay Exams

  • Read the directions carefully

  • Read and analyze the questions critically

    • Be sure that you understand the question.

  • Do a “Memory Dump” –Quickly write out memorized dates, names or points, so you can relax, think, and write

  • Create a quick outline or other organizational format

  • Begin with a thesis sentence and refer to your major points

  • Focus on one main point per paragraph

  • Use the technical vocabulary and define the terms

  • Proofread

  • Watch the time

  • BE NEAT


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    Understand the Question

    • COMPARE = Examine qualities of what is being compared, stress similarities

    • CONTRAST = Examine qualities of what is being contrasted, stress differences

    • CRITIQUE = Evaluate merits and faults

    • DEFINE = Brief, clear meaning

    • DESCRIBE = Objectively tell about something, do not evaluate it

    • DIAGRAM = Create an appropriate, labeled chart, plan, or drawing

    • DISCUSS = Make a detailed analysis (study), including description and/or comparison, contrast, or evaluation


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    Understand the Question

    • ENUMERATE = List and briefly discuss the required points

    • EVALUATE = State your opinion, supported by examples; give advantages and disadvantages

    • EXPLAIN = Clarify and interpret, stating “how” and “why,” including expert opinion if appropriate

    • ILLUSTRATE = Literally draw a graph or create a clear example

    • INTERPRET = Translate, give examples, solve, or discuss; include your judgment or feelings

    • JUSTIFY = Give evidence to support your conclusions


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    Understand the Question

    • LIST= List and briefly discuss required points

    • OUTLINE = Give an organized description, focusing on major points and supporting details

    • PROVE = Confirm or verify; use logical reasoning to make your points, or state evidence and evaluate it

    • REVIEW = Critically and systematically examine, analyzing each major point

    • STATE = Briefly express main points

    • SUMMARIZE = Write a condensed discussion of main points or facts

    • TRACE = Describe a series of events in chronological or other appropriate order


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    Objective Tests

    • Answer the easiest questions first

    • Read all of each question and the choices carefully before selecting an answer

    • When you must guess, eliminate first

    • For true/false questions, assume that a statement is true until you prove otherwise

    • Always write something on fill-in-the-blank questions

    • Think about the question


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    Objective Tests Continued

    • Should you guess? YES, but consider this:

      • Use of absolute words (all, none, always never)

        Often untrue

      • Use of moderate qualifiers (often, frequently, many…) more likely to be true

      • Look for clues within the question itself

      • Longer, more detailed answers tend to be correct.

      • If two answers are total opposites, one is likely to be correct

      • If two answers are very similar, it is likely that both are incorrect


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    Fill-In-The-Blank Tests

    • Remember basic rules:

      • Unless directions say otherwise, one word per blank

      • The length of the blank is not necessarily a clue to the length of the word

      • The completed sentence should make sense and be grammatically correct

      • Blanks separated by commas, indicate a series of items

      • Several blank lines without commas indicate a phrase with a specific number of words.

      • The word “an” before a blank indicates that the needed word begins with a vowel sound.


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    Fill-In-The-Blank Tests

    • Answer the questions you know, bypass the difficult ones

    • Return to the difficult questions; using delayed response

    • Those questions remaining, apply assisted response, skim through the items that will trigger an association to the needed word

    • Finally, WRITE SOMETHING

    • If time permits, review


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    REVIEW

    • Review- Look for skipped items, answers marked in the wrong space, or illegible answers

      SHOULD YOU CHANGE ANSWERS?

    • Know your own history

      • Do you tend to find wrong answers and correct them? Then continue to do so.

      • Do you tend to second guess yourself and change right answers to wrong ones? Then be cautious.

  • Change only if you realize that you misread or misunderstood the question on the first attempt or if you recall a relevant fact that warrants changing an answer


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    Oral Tests

    • Confirm time and place

    • Take visual aids and props

    • Dress appropriately

    • Be early

    • Turn off cell phone

    • Maintain eye contact

    • Maintain correct posture

    • Speak clearly and with proper formal grammar and diction

    • Speak in complete sentences

    • Thank the instructor


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    Test Taking Tips Worth Repeating!!!

    • PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE-START EARLY!!!

    • Arrive early and prepared

    • Read ALL the directions carefully

    • Preview the exam before you begin

    • Plan your time

    • Read all of the question and choices completely and carefully

    • Answer the easiest questions first

    • Answer every question, even if you have to guess (unless there is a guessing penalty-ask the professor)

    • Review if time permits


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    Post Test

    • Relax and celebrate

    • Carefully analyze the errors when the test is graded and returned

    • Ask the professor for clarification if you do not understand why you lost points


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    Disappointed by Your Grade?

    • Seek the professor’s advice with the attitude that you want to improve next time.

    • Remember test taking is a skill that requires TIME AND EFFORT to develop.

    • You may want to seek assistance:

      • Literacy Center- Ana Miller MB 4180

      • Math & Science Center- Jill Miller MB 4180

      • Writing Center- Kellye Manning MB 2100

      • Mentor program- Stephanie Hernandez MB 4109

      • SI (Supplemental Instruction) Dr. Castro Pass Office


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    References

    Feldman, Shattles, & McKenzie. (2004).Oracle EDU 1110. Unpublished manuscript, Southern Methodist

    University, Dallas, TX


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