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TEST TAKING. Finding Out What You Know.  THE TEST . Why fear the exam? View as an “opportunity” Athletes train because they want to play in the game, shouldn’t students WANT to take the exam? . It’s time this professor found out exactly what I know!.

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test taking

TEST TAKING

Finding Out What You Know

the test
 THE TEST 
  • Why fear the exam?
  • View as an “opportunity”
  • Athletes train because they want to play in the game, shouldn’t students WANT to take the exam?

It’s time this professor found out exactly what I know!

Test Taking

preparing for an examination preparation
PREPARING FOR AN EXAMINATIONPreparation
  • Know the test format
  • Form a study plan
  • Find a relaxation technique that works for you
  • Use a study partner or study group (not a social group)

Test Taking

preparing for an examination practice
PREPARING FOR AN EXAMINATIONPractice
  • Use study aids (note cards, recordings)
  • Use practice exams if available (WebCT, study guides)
  • Get experience with the type of questions being asked
  • Utilize textbook study guides (especially if the instructor states that questions will be similar)

Test Taking

during the examination
DURING THE EXAMINATION
  • Review the exam packet before beginning
  • Plan on how much time you will allocate to each section
  • Read the directions carefully
  • Do not waste time on items you do not know
  • Unless you are penalized for guessing, do not leave questions blank

Test Taking

exam question formats
EXAM QUESTION FORMATS
  • True / False
  • Multiple Choice
  • Completion (Fill-in-the-Blank)
  • Essays
  • Calculation

Test Taking

test questions true false questions
TEST QUESTIONSTrue / False Questions
  • To be true, all parts of question must be true
  • Guess (unless penalized); you have a 50% chance
  • Definitive words such as all, always, never, only, and none tend to be used in FALSE statements
  • Qualifying words such as frequently, sometimes, often, many, and mostly tend to be used in TRUE statements

Test Taking

test questions multiple choice questions
TEST QUESTIONSMultiple Choice Questions
  • Eliminate as many incorrect answers as possible
  • Pay attention to the effects of “none of the above” and “all of the above”
  • Read the “stem” of the question carefully

Test Taking

test questions completion fill in the blank questions
TEST QUESTIONSCompletion (Fill-in-the-Blank) Questions
  • Many of these questions relate to definitions
  • Try to remember what terms were used in class

Test Taking

test questions essay questions
TEST QUESTIONSEssay Questions
  • Points are often lost when the student does not read the question carefully
  • Underline key requests in the question
  • Outline your answer (at least in your mind) before writing it out

Test Taking

test questions essay question tips
TEST QUESTIONSEssay Question Tips
  • Make your answer neat and organized
  • Structure your paragraphs:
    • Topic sentence
    • Body
    • Conclusion
  • Exclude your opinion unless requested
  • Leave space for additions

Test Taking

test questions calculation problems
TEST QUESTIONSCalculation Problems
  • Show each step in the calculation sequentially
  • Show as much of your work (as possible for partial credit)
  • Eliminate calculations not used

Test Taking

typical examination rules
TYPICAL EXAMINATION RULES
  • Do not sit near acquaintances or friends.
  • Hats with brims or visors are not permitted.
  • Calculators should be removed from their jackets.
  • Clear your desk of unnecessary items.
  • When not recording answers, conceal your answer sheet from those around you.
  • If you must leave the room, leave your examination with the proctor.
  • Show all of your calculations for the problems on the answer sheet.
  • Backpacks, books, and purses should be placed aside.
  • Mobile phones should be left in backpacks and turned off.

Test Taking

after the examination
AFTER THE EXAMINATION
  • Don’t congregate in the hallway to discuss the exam
  • Don’t pester the professor regarding results
  • Don’t dwell on a bad performance

I can’t believe I am such a loser!

Test Taking

electronic testing
ELECTRONIC TESTING
  • Many professors now use electronic instruction software such as Blackboard
  • Texas Tech has a license agreement with Blackboard

Test Taking

blackboard course tools
BLACKBOARD COURSE TOOLS
  • Blackboard accommodates several instructional tools:
  • Course Content
  • Assessments (Exams)
  • Announcements
  • Calendar
  • Discussion Boards
  • Grades

Test Taking

blackboard assessment tool
BLACKBOARD ASSESSMENT TOOL

Matching question

Fill in the Blank question

Test Taking

blackboard assessment tool20
BLACKBOARD ASSESSMENT TOOL

Multiple-Choice question

Calculation question

Test Taking