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Test Taking. Created by : Curtis Mckague Learning Skills Advisor Conestoga College. Testing. Test Preparation Test Taking. Quality Test Preparation. Go to class Listen actively while in class Take good notes in class Read textbook actively Create good textbook notes

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Test Taking

Created by : Curtis Mckague

Learning Skills Advisor

Conestoga College


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Testing

  • Test Preparation

  • Test Taking


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Quality Test Preparation

  • Go to class

  • Listen actively while in class

  • Take good notes in class

  • Read textbook actively

  • Create good textbook notes

  • Combine your class and text notes into:

    • Condensed notes (e.g. cue cards)

    • In your own words

    • Pictures and graphs

  • Study = practice test



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Test Preparation

  • Don’t cram!

  • Rule of thumb:

    • ½ to 1 hr of studying for every 1% of test

    • e.g. 30% test = 15-30 hrs of study

  • Best memory?

    • Frequent but short study sessions



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Quick Quiz

  • There were 4 MC questions. How much was each MC question worth?

  • There were 2 short answer questions.

    • Did you have to answer both questions?

    • How much was each short answer question worth?

  •  Stat:

    • Only 20 % will read and follow test directions!


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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Biology is:

  • A type of rock

  • Is where animals are kept

  • Is the study of science

  • Is the study of life

  • None of the above

  • All of the above


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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Biology is:

  • A type of science

  • Study animals, plants, cells


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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Biology is:

  • A type of rock

  • Is where animals are kept

  • Is the study of science

  • Is the study of life

  • None of the above

  • All of the above


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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Biology is:

  • A type of rock

  • Is where animals are kept

  • Is the study of science

  • Is the study of life

  • None of the above

  • All of the above

    Stuck? A) Don’t guess!

    B) Put a symbol

    C) Move on


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Multiple Choice Questions

  • Conestoga’s mascot is a:

    • Badger

    • Bear

    • Condor

    • Cougar

    • None of the above


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Multiple Choice Questions

  • Which of the following is not a useful study tip when preparing for tests:


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Multiple Choice Questions

  • Which of the following is not a useful study tip when preparing for tests:

    • Taking breaks during your study sessions

    • Planning your reading and studying schedule well ahead of the test date

    • Waiting until the last minute to cram so that you don’t forget anything you studied from a long time ago

    • Practicing frequently over time for short durations

DO

DO

NOT

DO


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Multiple Choice Questions

  • Youmay have one of the following learning styles:

  • Which one do I have?

  • But it says styles with an ‘s’?

  • Hmmm…the question says may?

  • What does this question ask?

    • Think like the instructor!


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Multiple Choice Questions

  • You may have one of the following learning styles:

    • Auditory

    • Visual

    • Kinesthetic

    • All of the above

    • None of the above


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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Biology is:

  • A type of rock

  • Is where animals are kept

  • Is the study of science

  • Is the study of life

  • None of the above

  • All of the above

    Brainstorm: Science

    Bio Chem Physics


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Strategies for Multiple Choice

Cover the answer choices

Read Q carefully

Highlight important words (watch for qualifiers: may, some, none, all)

Rephrase Q in your own words

Predict possible answers

Check format of answers

Look at EACH option in order slowly

Eliminate incorrect answers

ID correct answer

If can’t answer, put a symbol and come back later

Don’t leave any answer blank!


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Short and Long Answer

  • Tests: comprehension and application

  • Explain why and how your argument supports your answer

  • Include the right number (look at how much Q is worth) of specific details (examples and terminology) to support your answer

  • Answer all parts of the question (watch for ‘and’)


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Short Answer Question

  • Compare and contrast multiple choice and short-answer test questions from the instructor’s perspective. (4 marks)


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Short Answer Question

  • Compare and contrast multiple choice and short-answer test questions from the instructor’s perspective. (4 marks)

  • Compare = similarities

  • Contrast = differences

  • Instructors perspective = why would an instructor choose to use MC questions on a test? Why use short-answer questions?


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Short Answer Question

  • Compare and contrast multiple choice and short-answer test questions from the instructor’s perspective. (4 marks)


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General Test-Taking Strategies

  • Put your name on the test

  • Read and follow directions!

  • Preview your test

    • # pages, # Qs, Q types

  • Allot time by weight of questions

  • Read each Q carefully

    • Watch for qualifiers (always, not, none, some)

    • Underline key words; define

    • Rephrase Q in your own words


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General Test-Taking Strategies

Short-answer Questions

  • Explain why and how your argument supports your answer

  • Give enough details

  • Give specific details

  • Answer all parts of the question (watch for ‘and’)

    • Maybe use a checklist



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Test Anxiety

  • Prepare

  • Answer questions that you know

  • Breathing and relaxation exercises

  • Fantastic help through counselling services


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Be Physically Ready

  • Get enough sleep

  • Eat well

    • Protein: eggs, bacon, peanut butter, cheese, yogurt, tofu

  • Be on TIME!


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Extra Help

Curtis McKague

Michele Brannon-Hamilton

Learning Skills Advisors