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Focusing on the FCAT/FCAT 2.0 Test-Taking Strategies Grades 6-8

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Focusing on the FCAT/FCAT 2.0

Test-Taking Strategies

Grades 6-8

Nancy E. Brito, Department of [email protected], PX47521

Information based on Florida Department of Education, Keys to FCAT

- To provide participants with test-taking strategies to improve performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT/FCAT 2.0)

Grades 6-8 – All subjects

- Learn how to answer each type of question
- For multiple-choice questions, read each question carefully and think about the answer or solve the problem before you select your answer from the choices provided.
- Answer questions you are sure about first. If a question seems too hard, skip it and go back to that question later.
- There is no penalty for guessing; therefore, it is best to try to answer all questions, even if you are not sure of the correct answers.

- Think positively. Some questions may seem hard, but you may be able to figure out how to respond if you read the questions carefully a second time.
- Be sure to completely fill in the answer bubbles in your test book or answer document. Do not make any stray marks around the answer spaces.
- Check to make sure the test question number matches the answer choice number on the answer document.

Grades 6-8 – All subjects

Grade 6

Reading and Mathematics

Grades 6 – Reading Multiple Choice Questions

- Read the passage and question very carefully. Look back at the passage to find the correct answer to the question.
- Make sure your answer is based on information in the passage and not on something you read elsewhere. If you are not sure about details from the passage, go back and read that part of the passage again.
- Once you have chosen your answer, fill in the bubble that matches your choice.
- Check your answer.

Sample question

Grades 6 – Mathematics Multiple Choice Questions

- Read the question carefully.
- Solve the problem first and then look for your answer among the choices given.
- If your answer is not one of the choices, reread the question to be sure you understand what is being asked. Solve the problem again, if necessary.
- You are not required to show your work for MC questions; however, you may use the white space in the test book to do your calculations.
- Once you have chosen your answer, fill in the bubble that matches your choice.
- Check your work.

Sample question

- Read the question carefully. Then use an appropriate strategy to answer the question.
- You are not required to show your work for GR questions. However, you may use the white space in the test book to do your calculations.
- Once you have answered the question, write your answer in the boxes on the answer gridandfill in the bubbles to match your answer. Make sure the boxes and bubbles are filled in correctly and match each other.

Grades 6 – Mathematics Gridded Response Questions

- If your answer will not fit in the response grid, check your work. Remember that you might need to round your answer or use another form of the number.

See sample question on the next page.

Sample Grades 6 – Mathematics Gridded Response Questions

Grade 7

Reading and Mathematics

Grades 7 – Reading Multiple Choice Questions

- Read the passage and question very carefully. Look back at the passage to find the correct answer to the question.
- Make sure your answer is based on information in the passage and not on something you read elsewhere. If you are not sure about details from the passage, go back and read that part of the passage again.
- Once you have chosen your answer, fill in the bubble that matches your choice.
- Check your answer.

Sample question

Grades 7 – Mathematics Multiple Choice Questions

- Read the question carefully.
- Solve the problem first and then look for your answer among the choices given.
- If your answer is not one of the choices, reread the question to be sure you understand what is being asked. Solve the problem again, if necessary.
- You are not required to show your work for MC questions; however, you may use the white space in the test book to do your calculations.
- Once you have chosen your answer, fill in the bubble that matches your choice.
- Check your work.

Sample question

Sample Grades 7 – Mathematics Multiple Choice Questions

- Read the question carefully. Then use an appropriate strategy to answer the question.
- You are not required to show your work for GR questions. However, you may use the white space in the test book to do your calculations.
- Once you have answered the question, write your answer in the boxes on the answer gridandfill in the bubbles to match your answer. Make sure the boxes and bubbles are filled in correctly and match each other.

Grades 7 – Mathematics Gridded Response Questions

- If your answer will not fit in the response grid, check your work. Remember that you might need to round your answer or use another form of the number.

See sample question on the next page.

Sample Grades 7 – Mathematics Gridded Response Questions

Grade 8

Writing, Reading, and Mathematics

Grades 8 – Writing Essay

- Read the prompt carefully and completely. The prompt gives you suggestions that may help you begin your writing.
- Use the planning sheet to list and organize your ideas for
writing. Plan to include examples and details in your response. Budget the time you spend planning. The writing on the planning sheet will not be scored.

- You have 45 minutes to read, plan, and write your response.
- Only the writing on the lines provided in the writing folder will be scored. If you have time left, check your work and make corrections to improve your writing.

Sample prompt

- Read the passage and question very carefully. Look back at the passage to find the correct answer to the question.
- Make sure your answer is based on information in the passage and not on something you read elsewhere. If you are not sure about details from the passage, go back and read that part of the passage again.
- Once you have chosen your answer, fill in the bubble that matches your choice.
- Check your answer.

Grades 8 – Reading Multiple Choice Questions

Sample question

- Read the question carefully.
- Solve the problem first and then look for your answer among the choices given.
- If your answer is not one of the choices, reread the question to be sure you understand what is being asked. Solve the problem again, if necessary.
- You are not required to show your work for MC questions; however, you may use the white space in the test book to do your calculations.
- Once you have chosen your answer, fill in the bubble that matches your choice.
- Check your work.

Grades 8 – Mathematics Multiple Choice Questions

See Sample on the next page.

Sample Grades 8 – Mathematics Multiple Choice Questions

- Read the question carefully. Then solve the problem.
- You are not required to show your work for GR questions; however, you may use the white space in the test book to do your calculations.
- Once you have solved the problem, write your answer in the boxes on the answer gridandfill in the bubbles to match your answer. Make sure the boxes and bubbles are filled in correctly and match each other.

Grades 8 – Mathematics Gridded Response Questions

- If your answer will not fit in the response grid, check your work. Remember that you might need to round your answer or use another form of the number.

See sample question on the next page.

Sample Grades 8 – Mathematics Gridded Response Questions

Grades 8 – Science Multiple Choice Questions

- Read the information provided and the question carefully.
- Study any pictures, charts, and/or tables presented.
- Look at the answer choices and determine the information and/or procedures needed to find the solution.
- Reread the question.
- Choose your answer and fill in the bubble to match your choice.
- Check your work.

Sample Grades 8 – Science Multiple Choice Questions

- Read the information and the question provided. Then solve the problem.
- You are not required to show your work for GR questions; however, you may use the white space in the test book to do your calculations.
- Once you have solved the problem, write your answer in the boxes on the answer gridandfill in the bubbles to match your answer. Make sure the boxes and bubbles are filled in correctly and match each other.

Grades 8 – Science Gridded Response Questions

See sample question on the next page.

Sample Grades 8 – Science Gridded Response Questions

Hard work and effort lead to victory!

Be prepared to take the FCAT!