How to Improve Your Math Test-Taking Skills. Why attending class and doing your homework may not be enough to pass the general pretest rules the 10 steps to better test-taking the six types of test-taking errors how to prepare for the final exam.
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How to Improve Your Math Test-Taking Skills • Why attending class and doing your homework may not be enough to pass • the general pretest rules • the 10 steps to better test-taking • the six types of test-taking errors • how to prepare for the final exam
Why attending class and doing your homework may not be enough to pass 1. While doing homework, there is little anxiety. 2. Time constraints 3. Tests are not always open book 4. Test questions do not usually follow a logical order
Why attending class and doing your homework may not be enough to pass 5. Answers to at least half the problems are very handy 6. Homework time is relaxed…time to learn/figure out how to use the calculator 7. You can use your “lifeline”
The General Pretest Rules 1. Get a good night’s sleep 2. Start studying at least three days ahead of time 3. Review only already learned material the night before 4. Make sure you know all the information on your mental cheat sheet 5. Arise at your usual time, review notes and problem log
10 Steps to Better Test-Taking 1. Use a memory data dump 2. Preview the test 3. Do a second memory data dump 4. Develop a test progress schedule 5. Answer the easiest problems first 6. Skip difficult problems 7. Review the skipped problems
10 Steps to Better Test-Taking 8. Guess at the remaining problems 9. Review the test 10. Use all the allowed test time
Six Types of Test-Taking Errors 1. Misread-direction errors 2. Careless errors 3. Concept errors 4. Application errors 5. Test-taking errors 6. Study errors
Test-Taking Errors 1. Missing more questions in the first third, second third, or last third part of the test 2. Not completing a problem to its last step 3. Changing test answers from correct ones to incorrect ones 4. Getting stuck on one problem and spending too much time on it
Test-Taking Errors 5. Rushing through the easiest part of the test and making careless errors 6. Miscopying an answer from your scratch work to the test 7. Leaving answers blank 8. Answering only the first step of a two-step problem
Test-Taking Errors 8. Answering only the first step of a two-step problem 9. Not understanding all the functions of your calculator 10. Leaving the test early without checking all your answers
How to Prepare for the Final Exam • Check your syllabus-cumulative or not • Departmental or instructor created • What’s it worth • Create a pre-test • Review what you previously got wrong • Review previously concepts • Review the 10 steps for better test-taking