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  1. Freshman Academy Exam Preparation January 2007

  2. 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

  3. 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


  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Other Bus Info • EAST LYME STUDENTS • There will be a 4:30 p.m. late bus run on Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – January 17, 22, 23 and 24. • SALEM STUDENTS • 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.

  9. Friday, January 25 • Quarter 3 begins • Regular DAY 1 • New semester classes start

  10. 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)

  11. 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)

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. ..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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. Mathematics • 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

  20. Science • 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. English • 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…….

  24. 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

  25. 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.”

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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)

  30. 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

  31. Foreign Language • All foreign language exams have 7 parts: • Listening section (MC) • Reading section (MC) • Vocabulary section (MC) • Culture section (MC)

  32. 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

  33. 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.

  34. 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

  35. 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)

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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!