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Freshman Academy. Exam Preparation January 2007. Exam Schedule: Thursday, January 17. Block A Exam 7:30 – 9:30 Late Bus Run (E.Lyme/ Niantic Only) at 9:30 Block B Exam 10:00 – 12:00 Regular Bus Run at 12:00. Friday, January 18. Block C Exam 7:30 – 9:30

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freshman academy

Freshman Academy

Exam Preparation

January 2007

exam schedule thursday january 17
Exam Schedule:Thursday, January 17

Block A Exam 7:30 – 9:30

Late Bus Run (E.Lyme/ Niantic Only) at 9:30

Block B Exam 10:00 – 12:00 Regular Bus Run at 12:00

friday january 18
Friday, January 18

Block C Exam 7:30 – 9:30

Late Bus Run (E.Lyme/Niantic Only) at 9:30

Block D Exam 10:00 – 12:00 Regular Bus Run at 12:00

monday january 21
Monday, January 21


tuesday january 22
Tuesday, January 22

Block E Exam 7:30 – 9:30

Late Bus Run (E. Lyme/Niantic Only) at 9:30

Block F Exam 10:00 – 12:00

Regular Bus Run at 12:00

wednesday january 23
Wednesday, January 23

Block GExam 7:30 – 9:30

Regular Bus Run at 9:30

Make-upExam 10:00 – 12:00

Late Bus Run (E.Lyme/Niantic Only) at 12:00

thursday january 24
Thursday, January 24

Block H Exam 7:30 – 9:30

Regular Bus Run at 9:30

Make-up Exam 10:00 – 12:00

Late Bus Run (E.Lyme/Niantic Only) at 12:00

other bus info
Other Bus Info
  • There will be a 4:30 p.m. late bus run on Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – January 17, 22, 23 and 24.
  • There will be (1) regular bus run at 12:00 noon on Thursday, Friday and Tuesday, January 17, 18 and 22 and (1) regular bus run at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday & Thursday, January 23 & 24. There will also be a late bus run at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, January 17, 22, 23 and 24.
friday january 25
Friday, January 25
  • Quarter 3 begins
  • Regular DAY 1
  • New semester classes start
what are the exam policies at elhs
What are the exam policies at ELHS?
  • All exams are two hours except C-Level classes where exams are 1 hour.
  • All students remain in their exam room until the conclusion of the exam period.
  • No teachers or students are allowed to unilaterally reschedule an exam. Administration approval (Mr. Roberts) is necessary (739-1521)
very important
Very Important!
  • If absent due to illness, parents MUST call the team office the AM that the absence occurs (739-1413)
  • If you do not have an exam, you do not need to be in school
  • Any student who comes to school and doesn’t have an exam will be required to stay in the Commons- “exam quiet” is strictly enforced during this time! (no one allowed to roam or to go up onto the second floor)
policies continued
Policies, continued
  • No student may be absent from an exam without permission from the principal. Students who are not excused from the exam will get an “F” in the course.
  • No students will be admitted late to an exam- be on time!
  • In the event of a snow day, whichever exams were scheduled for the snow day will be held on the next school day.
study with a buddy program
Study With a Buddy Program

6:00 – 8:00 PM at ELHS

Wednesday, January 16

Thursday, January 17

Monday, January 21

Tuesday, January 22

Wednesday, January 23

more on study with a buddy
..more on Study With a Buddy
  • Purposeful nights!
  • Not for those who want to hang out (you will be asked to leave)
  • For study groups and working with individual teachers
preparing for a test
Preparing For a Test
  • Find out what kind of questions will be on the test. Ask if teachers do not offer this info!
  • Pay close attention to everything your teacher says about the test. Many teachers will give out study sheets- use them.
  • Don’t leave all your studying until the night before the test.
  • List all questions that you think will be on the test.
  • Review all past homework, worksheets, and class notes that relate to the test.
test taking
Test Taking
  • Arrive to the exam 5 minutes early so that you can get yourself settled and ready
  • Skim the entire test before beginning, judge which questions are easy and which are difficult.
  • Create a time budget for taking the test as part of the plan.
  • Read all directions and test questions carefully.
  • Answer all questions on the test, guessing if necessary, unless there is a penalty for wrong answers.
test taking continued
Test Taking, continued
  • Use a process of elimination for multiple-choice questions.
  • If you have time, review your answers, but don’t change any answer unless you are certain you answered incorrectly the first time.
  • Get a good night’s sleep, eat a good breakfast and be on time to school
exam formats
  • What can you expect?
  • What will the individual exams look like?
  • Several content areas have departmental exams and others do not, such as English. Exam content in these areas is up to the discretion of the individual teacher.
  • All are free response- not multiple choice
  • All are modeled after quizzes and tests taken during the year
  • All are representative samples of the problems that were done throughout the year
  • There are one or two CAPT-like problems on each exam
  • Combination of objective questions, essays and performance testing
  • Questions tend to be CAPT-like
  • The performance test is a lab activity
  • Some classes include a research/paper project as part of their exam
helpful advice from mrs blank science
Helpful Advice from Mrs. Blank (Science)
  • Integrated Science B: I do a review sheet which contains 85% of what will be on the exam and can be used when they take the exam.
  • 15% of the test questions we have done in class that they should remember—like a lab or a project or a movie that they should be able to explain or describe—this is not part of the review sheet. 
  • Part of their final exam is putting together a portfolio of the work I have been asking them to keep as the year goes by.
social studies history
Social Studies/History
  • All exams contain multiple-choice questions, essays, a CAPT-like question, and a map assignment
  • Bring 2- #2 pencils to the exam
  • Review all review sheets
  • There is not one format for the English exams
  • Each teacher will discuss specifics with their classes
  • However, some Grade 9 English teachers did include some advice…….
english mr beale
English: Mr. Beale
  • The majority of the exam will be essay on themes, characters, motivations, author styles and techniques
  • Questions on poetry where students will have to define, use and identify terms
  • Compare and contrast question with themes of To KillA Mockingbird, as well as identification of significant quotes and characters
  • Opinion piece: develop a strong thesis and support it based on information from the text
more helpful advice from mr beale english
More helpful advice from Mr. Beale (English)
  • “Oftentimes, kids ignore the study guides…lots of the exam is right on the sheet - easy points; they just need to follow through.
  • Sometimes I will give them a chance to bring in a note card, I would say 50% follow through. 
  •  I think attention to detail is a big thing with the frosh.  Students lose points because they simply don’t follow directions - that is the case with exams and tests: read the directions!  Essays: think and plan first. Ask yourself what is the question asking, then follow through.”
english mrs hallowell
English: Mrs. Hallowell

The exam will cover-

  • Poetry
  • Literary devices
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • You will also be asked to demonstrate your reading and writing skills

*You will get an exam study sheet in class with specifics

english mrs sablone
English: Mrs. Sablone
  • Students will read a short story and tie it to Romeo & Juliet in a short essay
  • respond to two more essay questions regarding theme, characterization and the research paper
  • answer short questions regarding literary techniques used in Romeo & Juliet
  • put biblical allusions into sentences

*Jan 14- study guide will be given out in class- review will occur

tions regarding theme, cha

english mr buchan
English: Mr. Buchan
  • Poetry analysis: be able to explain what and how poems mean
  • Film evaluation: look at film terms to be able to analyze what happens in a film and how it is presented
  • Romeo and Juliet: One section will contain a short reading to summarize and analyze
  • One section will ask you to consider themes and characters
  • Biblical allusions: look over the lists in your notebooks
english mrs rand
English: Mrs. Rand
  • “My exam will focus on the students' ability to Read, Write, and Think.”
  •  written; short answer and short essay
  • Group presentations will serve as a detailed review

*Tuesday, Jan 15 (review)

english mr ainscough
English: Mr. Ainscough
  • Memoir writing: Questions and vocab terms drawn from memoir writing lessons/ a short essay judging the strengths and weaknesses of a sample memoir
  • To Kill a Mockingbird :short answer questions that address themes of the book and call on them to use specific details to back up their responses.
  • Poetry: terminology (matching) /short analysis/interpretation of a sample poem
foreign language
Foreign Language
  • All foreign language exams have 7 parts:
    • Listening section (MC)
    • Reading section (MC)
    • Vocabulary section (MC)
    • Culture section (MC)
foreign language continued
Foreign Language, continued

5. Written section: a fill-in-the-blank section with vocabulary and grammar and a mini-composition

6. Speaking section: oral interview with students

7. A CAPT-like question

advice from mr hibbard foreign language
Advice from Mr. Hibbard (Foreign Language)
  • Keep an organized notebook and recopy notes before the exam
  • Ask questions during review sessions- take advantage of this time!
  • Do not leave studying to one hour the night before the exam. You will never remember a semester’s worth of work with one hour of study. Plan and schedule study time leading up to your exam.
advice from mrs lorince
Advice from Mrs. Lorince
  • Create flashcards for all vocabulary Highlight all those they don’t get right & try again.
  • Ven Conmigo textbooks- use the grammar tutor or go to for internet activities
  • Read the culture section in each chapter
  • French textbook Allez Vien has the same capabilities as Ven Conmigo
pe health freshman academy
PE/Health : Freshman Academy
  • Freshman Academy: exams vary based on the teacher and include multiple choice, T or F, short answer, or final presentations (2 hour)
technology education
Technology Education
  • Recall questions- defining vocabulary or processes commonly used in the course (25%)
  • May be asked to develop a product generic to the course
  • Be familiar with software used in the course
  • CAPT-like question : involves higher order thinking, making a decision, or solving a problem related to the topics covered in the course
birth to three playgroup
Birth-to-Three Playgroup
  • 3 types of questions on the exam:
      • An individual question
      • A question answered in a group
      • A question done with a partner

All students must bring their completed portfolio to the exam.

intro to art and design
Intro to Art and Design
  • 5 parts:
    • Realistic Pencil Drawing
    • Color Drawing/Design
    • Written Critique
    • Abstract Color (Take home portion of the exam)
    • Vocabulary- matching test on art elements and principles of design

* Mr. Warykas will give out copies of his exam a week in advance.

in closing exams are a part of life here at elhs
In closing….exams are a part of life here at ELHS
  • Learn to organize your time
  • Plan ahead for studying- do not cram!
  • Ask questions during classroom review times
  • Read review sheets
  • Come to Study With a Buddy
  • Get a good night’s rest
  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Take your time, work steadily, and do your best work!
  • Good luck!