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Test Preparation, Test Taking Strategies, and Test Anxiety. PASS 0900. Before the Test. Spread studying over several days Ask instructor what to expect Make a list of what is to be studied for the test Use review material in book Review by yourself or with other students

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before the test
Before the Test
  • Spread studying over several days
  • Ask instructor what to expect
  • Make a list of what is to be studied for the test
  • Use review material in book
  • Review by yourself or with other students
  • Don’t cram at the last minute
before the test1
Before the Test
  • Get a good nights sleep
  • Eat something light before the test
  • Wear comfortable clothes, wear layers in case the room is too hot or cold
  • Arrive early to get a seat and not be rushed
  • Do not talk to other students while waiting for the test, prepare your mind to concentrate
during the test
During the Test
  • Use relaxation techniques, remain calm
  • Pay attention to verbal and written directions
  • Notice how many points each part of the test is worth
  • Estimate how much time you will need for each section
  • Jot down memory aids in the margins
during the test1
During the Test
  • Answer easiest, shortest questions first
  • Mark difficult questions and return to them later
  • Use context clues
  • Pace yourself, if stuck on a question, move on
  • Use all time allowed!
  • Check your answers before turning in the test
  • Don’t Panic!!
essay questions
Essay Questions
  • Read through the entire question
  • Watch for key words: describe, compare, contrast, analyze
  • Develop an outline, organize your ideas
  • Your opening statement should summarize your essay
  • In your final paragraph summarize and draw your conclusion
  • Proofread answers for errors
multiple choice questions
Multiple-Choice Questions
  • Watch for tricky wording and similar answers
  • Read the question and all answer options before choosing your answer
  • Cross off answers you know are wrong
  • If you don’t know the answer, move on to other questions, they might trigger the answer.
  • Answer all questions unless there is a penalty for guessing
matching questions
Matching Questions
  • See if there is an equal number of items
  • Match what you know first
  • Cross off information that is already used (unless some can be used twice)
  • Use the process of elimination for answers you might not know
  • Leave NOTHING blank!
short answer fill in the blank questions
Short-Answer/Fill–in-the-Blank Questions
  • The length of the blank does not always correspond to the length of the answer.
  • Look for key words in the sentence that may trigger a response.
  • Read the entire sentence to see if the answer you placed in the blank makes sense.
  • Leave NOTHING blank!
true false questions
True-False Questions
  • Remember that if any part of a statement is false, the entire statement is false.
  • Read each question carefully, some may be tricky, especially cases of “always” and “never”.
  • If unsure about an answer, look over other questions on the test for context clues.
  • Leave NOTHING blank!
symptoms of test anxiety
Symptoms of Test Anxiety
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Easily distracted
  • Fidgeting
  • “Butterflies”
  • Sweaty palms, headache, nausea
  • Increased heart rate
  • Tensed muscles
tips for avoiding test anxiety
Tips for Avoiding Test Anxiety
  • Arrive at the test as prepared as you can be
  • Answer questions you feel confident on first
  • Think positively and focus your energy on the test
  • Do not compete with others, just do your best
  • Remember it is just one test; tests do not measure your self-worth.
  • Use relaxation techniques
after the test
After the Test
  • Reward yourself! RELAX!!
  • Learn from the exam, search for a pattern in your errors.
  • Make sure you go back and learn material you missed; it will probably be on the midterm or final exam.
  • See your professor if you need additional help in some areas.
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