# Test-Taking Skills Or how you learned to love -- or at

```Test-Taking Skills
Or how you learned to love -- or at
least like, okay, maybe just pass -academic testing
The Usual Suspects…
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True / False
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Multiple Choice
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Quantitative
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Essay
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Open Book
Before the test…
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Analyze past test results.
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Arrive early.
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Review the test first, assessing its
worth.
True and False…
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Every part of a true sentence must be
true.
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Note negatives, qualifiers, absolutes,
and long strings of statements.
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Review a teacher’s past test for
patterns.
Multiple Choice Tests
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Know if each question has more than one
correct option.
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Know if you’re penalized for guessing.
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Select the option that most closely
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Choose the truest option.
But how do we eliminate
Difficult options?
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Give each option a true/false test.
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Question options that don’t grammatically fit
with the sentence.
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Doubt completely unfamiliar options.
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Question options with negative and/or
absolute words.
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Consider and perhaps choose “look-alike”
options.
Quantitative Tests
The Count says:
two, three, four, many, many ways!
According to the Count…
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First work on the problems you definitely can solve
to build confidence.
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Be aware of time constraints. Devote less time to
easier questions, more to harder ones.
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Complete as much of a problem as possible.
According to the Count
(again)…
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When you get your exam, write down all the
key formulas on the margin of your paper.
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parts of the question.
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Always, always, always review your
Use grammatical clues to finish an
 Let the instructor know if multiple
 A common sense guess is better than
a blank.
 Write answers in simple, concise
sentences. Information is valued more
than style.
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Essays
Create a schedule to answer and
review each essay.
 Outline your ideas. Know the essay’s
beginning and end.
 Underline the topic’s key words and
ideas, and be sure to address them.
 Don’t embellish; write your points.
 Strive for clarity, completeness, and
compactness.
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Essays (continued)
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For the introduction, briefly introduce topic,
and transition to thesis.
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An assertion, example(s), and explanation
should structure each paragraph.
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Restate main points in conclusion, and
Open Book Tests
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These tests evaluate your
understanding rather than
memorization.
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You will apply material to new
situations.
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You will use your material as evidence
for evaluations.
To prepare for an open book
test…
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Study! Prepare as you would for a
regular test.
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information in different colors.
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But you must understand the
information to succeed. The book
knowledge.
THE END!
Let me count
the ways!”
Works Cited
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Department of Mathematics at Saint Louis University. “Success in Mathematics.” Saint
Louis University. June 1993. Saint Louis University. 03 November 2007
&lt;http://euler.slu.edu/Dept/SuccessinMath.html&gt;.
Landsberger, Joe. “Ten Tips for Test Taking.” Study Guides and Strategies. November
2007. 07 November 2007 &lt;http://www.studygs.net/tsttak1.htm&gt;.
Richard, Cathy. “Study Skills.” Nicholls State University. Elkins Hall, Thibodaux. 23
August 2007.
“Test Taking Tips.” Test Taking Tips. 2006. 07 November
2007.&lt;http://www.testtakingtips.com/&gt;.
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