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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.