Top Ten Test-Taking Strategies: 1. Read the question or selection carefully. 2. Think about the story as you read, or think about what you are supposed to do if it is a math question. 3. Look at ALL the answer choices before you choose the best one. Always think twice before choosing an answer. 4. If you are absolutely sure an answer is correct, mark it and move on to the next question. 5. Eliminate answer choices you know are wrong. 6. Think of each choice as a possible answer to see if it makes sense. 7. When you’re unsure of an answer, narrow the choices to the two best ones then make a smart guess. 8. Be sure the number of the item you’re answering matches the number you’re bubbling on the answer sheet. Double-check to make sure your numbers match before you turn each page in your test booklet. 9. Pace yourself so that you’re not working too quickly or too slowly. The best way to do this is to concentrate and pay attention to the fact that you are taking a test. 10. Try your best to answer ALL the questions, then use any remaining time to go back and double-check any questions that gave you trouble. Top Ten Test -Taking Mistakes 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Spending too much time on a hard question. Reading the question incorrectly. Filling in the wrong answer space. Reading the answer choices incorrectly. Forgetting that you’re taking an important test and letting your mind wander. 6. Ignoring or missing important words in the question such as “opposite of”. 7. Making a careless mistake in a math problem, such as adding incorrectly. 8. Copying the math problem incorrectly when copying it onto scratch paper. 9. Failing to go back to the reading selection to verify or look for answers. 10. Performing the wrong math operation, such as adding when the question asks how many are left.