Utah Student Planning Guide Grades 7-8 - page 14

Test Taking
Strategies
1.
Readdirections
carefully
before you start!
2.
Glanceover theentire
test – is therea side 2?
Knowhowmany items
thereareand
pace
yourself
.
3.
Answer
true/falseand
multiplechoice
items first.
4.
If youget stuckonan
item,
moveon
; youcan
comeback if there’s time.
5.
The first sentenceof your
essay should
re-state the
question
andhelp you
developanorganized
response.
6.
Reviewall your answers,
checkingmath, spelling
andother small details
thatmayneedcorrecting,
but
donot changean
answer unless youare
100% sure!
AreYouAGoodTest Taker?
Answer these questions –
Y
es or
N
o – to find out!
Y N
1.
Do youmake sure that you understandwhatwill be
on the test?
Y N
2.
Do you know the format of the test –multiple
choice, true or false, essay, etc.?
Y N
3.
Do you review the information for the test and jot
downmemory aids, formulas or facts that you
might forget?
Y N
4.
Do you stay up late studying the night before a
test?
Y N
5.
Do you feel confident about what you know?
Y N
6.
Do youwait until the lastminute before thebell to
arrive for a test?
Y N
7.
Do you listen carefully to directions before
beginning a test?
Y N
8.
Do you hurry to complete the test before everyone
else?
Y N
9.
Do you go back and change answers after you finish
a test?
Y N
10.When you get a corrected test back, do you review
the items youmissed?
If you answered
YES …
To items
1, 2, 3, 5, 7
, and
10
, you apparently know how important it is to knowwhat kind of test you’ll be
taking, to review the information usingmemory tricks that work for you, and to pay attention to the
teacher’s instructions. This should all help you feel more confident and relaxedduring the test.
Thebest answer to the following items is
NO
:
4.
Don’twait to “cram” the night before a test. Study over a period of days, then review the night before. A
good night’s sleep
will help you think clearly during the test.
6.Arrive in plenty of time
to get settled, organize yourmaterials, and to take a deep, relaxingbreath.
8.
There aren’t any extra points for being the first to finish, so simplymove through the items at a pace
that gives you
time to do your best work
.
10,
You can
learn from your mistakes
, and an old test makes a good study guide for the next one!
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