WHAT STUDENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TEST TAKING STRATEGIES Barbara B. Shadden Marilyn G. McGehee. Our goal today:. Help you understand different tests different strategies required for test taking ways to improve your performance. FACT #1.
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Barbara B. Shadden
Marilyn G. McGehee
To be a good test taker you need to understand the different levels of learning that are being tested.
The ability to use knowledge of characteristics and format of tests to maximize one's score.
Distractors (usually 3 to 5)
Single correct response
Introductory sentence to be completed
Case studiesMultiple Choice
Don’t be discouraged if you can’t answer a question. Leave it and go on. You may find the answer or clues to the answer in later Qs.
If there is no guessing penalty, always take an educated guess and select an answer.
Testing strategies include analyzing your performance/skills:
Indicate whether you usually, rarely, or never do the following:
Before tests, how often do you:
If you answered rarely or never to more than
two questions in any area, you may
want to improve your strategies.
TIP: If you write everything you know about a topic rather than answering the
specific question, the instructor assumes you do NOT know the answer!
stress and anxiety level
You have options if you don’t do as well as you wanted or expected