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STUDY SKILLS. Preparing for and Taking Tests. Preparing for & Taking Tests. Five Day Test Preparation Plan DETER Strategy Multiple Choice Tests True/False Tests Matching Tests Completion Tests QUOTE Strategy for Essay Tests . Five Day Test Preparation Plan. Day 5

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study skills

STUDY SKILLS

Preparing for and Taking Tests

preparing for taking tests
Preparing for & Taking Tests
  • Five Day Test Preparation Plan
  • DETER Strategy
  • Multiple Choice Tests
  • True/False Tests
  • Matching Tests
  • Completion Tests
  • QUOTE Strategy for Essay Tests
five day test preparation plan
Five Day Test Preparation Plan
  • Day 5
    • Read textbook & class notes
    • Look at any handouts from your class
    • Highlight the information in your notes & handouts that you will need to know
  • Day 4
    • Use the Remembering Strategies and practice what you will need to know

know

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Five Day Test Preparation Plan
  • Day 3
    • Rewrite the information in a brief form using the fewest words possible
    • Use the Remembering Strategies to review your rewritten notes at least twice per day
  • Day 2
    • Think of questions your teacher might ask you on the test
    • Write each question and answer
  • Day 1
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Five Day Test Preparation Plan
  • Day 1
    • The Day of the test!
    • Review rewritten notes from Day 3
    • Review questions & answers from Day 2
      • You can do these things while eating breakfast, riding to school, or eating lunch
    • Just before the test, go over any information you are having difficulty remembering
deter strategy
DETER strategy
  • Five Step test-taking steps to help you remember
  • Use when ready to take your test
    • D – Directions
    • E - Examine
    • T - Time
    • E - Easiest
    • R - Review
d e t e r
D E T E R
  • D
    • Read the test directions carefully
    • Ask for an explanation of anything you don’t understand
  • E
    • Examine the entire test to see how much you need to do
    • Do this right after reading the directions
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D E T E R
  • T
    • Decide how much time you should spend answering each item on the test
    • See how many items there are & how much they are worth
    • Spend the most time on the items worth the most points
  • E
    • Begin by answering the items that are easiest for you
    • Then answer as many of the remaining questions that you can
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D E T E R
  • R
    • If you finish before time is up, review your answers
    • Make sure they are accurate and complete
multiple choice tests
Multiple Choice Tests
  • Read the question or statement
    • Underline key words:
      • Not, all, some,except
      • These words can give you clues to the correct answer
  • Read the question or statement with each answer choice
    • This can help you decide which choice is correct
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Multiple Choice Tests
  • When you decide an answer choice is incorrect
    • Cross it out by drawing a line through it
  • If you crossed out all the choices except one
    • Select this as your answer
  • If you are left with more than one answer choice
    • Reread the question or statement with the remaining choices, then choose the best one
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Multiple Choice Tests
  • Answer all items unless there is a penalty for incorrect answers
  • Check your answers to make sure they are correct
  • Change an answer only if you are sure it is incorrect
true false tests
True/False Tests
  • Choose TRUE unless you know the statement is FALSE
  • For a statement to be TRUE, everything about the statement must be TRUE
  • Be careful when a statement has a negative such as not, do not, or in (infrequent) and un (unfriendly)
    • A negative can completely change the meaning of the statement
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True/False Tests
  • If a statement has two negatives, cross out both negatives
    • This will make it easier for you to understand the statement
  • Absolute statements are usually FALSE
    • Absolute statements include words such as
      • All, every, never, no
  • Qualified statements are usually TRUE
    • Qualified statements include terms such as
      • Some, most, sometimes, rarely
matching tests
Matching Tests
  • Read all the items in both columns before making any matches
  • Start by making the matches about which you are sure
  • Cross out items in both columns as you make matches
  • Make your best guess for remaining items, unless there is a penalty for guessing
completion tests
Completion Tests
  • Read the item and think about what is missing
  • Write an answer that logically completes the item
  • Be sure your answer fits the item grammatically
  • Use the length of the line as a clue to the length of the answer
    • Unless the length of the blank is the same for all answers
  • After you write the answer, read the entire answer to make sure it makes sense
quote strategy for essay tests
QUOTE strategy for Essay tests
  • Q – Question
    • Look for direction (discuss, describe, explain)
  • U – Underline
    • Words that help focus on ideas to develop answers
  • O – Organize/Write
    • The facts & write your answer
  • T – Time
    • Decide how much time to spend on answering each item
  • E – Evaluate
    • The content & organization of what you wrote & your mechanics
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QUOTE strategy for Essay tests
  • Q – Question
    • Ask “What is the direction word in the test item?”
    • There are three main direction words
      • Discuss
        • Give reasons behind points of view
      • Describe
        • Present a detailed picture of something in words
      • Explain
        • Give the reason for something
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QUOTE strategy for Essay tests
  • Q – Question
    • Other Direction Words
      • List
        • Present information in some order
      • Trace
        • State a series of events in logical order
      • Relate
        • Show how two or more things are related
      • Diagram
        • Create a visual representation to show something
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QUOTE strategy for Essay tests
  • Q – Question
    • Other Direction Words
      • Compare
        • Tell how two or more things are alike and different
      • Criticize
        • Make positive and negative comments about something
      • Evaluate
        • Judge the merits of something using certain criteria
      • Summarize
        • State the major points about something
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QUOTE strategy for Essay Tests
  • U – Underline
    • After you have identified the direction word, underline the words that help you focus on the ideas to develop in your answer
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QUOTE strategy for Essay Tests
  • O – Organize/Write
    • Look at or write the words you underlined in the essay test item
    • Write the facts that are related to the words you underlined
    • Organize the facts by creating a graphic organizer
    • Using the graphic organizer as a guide, write your answer
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Writing a One-Paragraph Answer

Begin with an introductory sentence that contains your main point

Follow with sentences that support your point

End your answer with a sentence that states your conclusion

Writing a Multiple-Paragraph Answer

Begin with an introductory paragraph that contains your main point

Follow with additional paragraphs, each with a supporting point

End with a paragraph in which you state your conclusion

QUOTE strategy for Essay Tests
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QUOTE strategy for Essay Tests
  • T – Time
    • Determine the total time you have to complete the test
    • Consider how many points each item is worth
      • Plan to use more time for items that count for more points
    • Write in front of each question, the amount of time for each item
    • Make sure your plan for answering is not greater than the total amount of time allowed
      • Revise plan if needed
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QUOTE strategy for Essay Tests
  • E – Evaluate (answer these questions)
    • Content
      • I answered all parts of the item
      • I included all the relevant facts
      • All my facts are accurate
    • Writing
      • My answer begins with an introduction
      • My answer has supporting points
      • My answer ends with a conclusion
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QUOTE strategy for Essay Tests
  • E – Evaluate (answer these questions)
    • Mechanics
      • My handwriting is legible (if handwritten)
      • I spelled all words correctly
      • I used correct punctuation
      • I used correct grammar
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References:Teaching Learning Strategies and Study Skills to Students with Learning Disbilities, Attention Deficit Disorders or Special NeedsBY: Stephen S. Strichart & Charles T. Mangrum IIRM Seuc 2005 - CCPS
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