Taking Test Tips
Read the question carefully
If the most logical answer is readily apparent, choose it
If not, re-read the question and start eliminating obviously wrong answers Then narrow the remainder down to what makes the most sense
You will have 1 minute, and 12 seconds for each question, use that time wisely.
General Suggestions For Taking Tests
1. Plan your arrival so that you have plenty of time. Be sure to check your test taking material prior to leaving for the exam.
2. Read all directions. Underline key words in the directions that give indication as to how your answers are to be recorded.
3. Budget your time. Survey the test to determine the type and number of questions to be answered. Determine where you will start on the test. Check yourself at 15 or 20 minute intervals to determine if you are progressing at an acceptable rate.
4. Be aware that you may have problems remembering from time to time. If you find yourself blocking, move on to the next question.
5. Be aware of any negative statements you are telling yourself about the test. Such statements as "I'm failing, I didn't study for this, and the test is too hard for me" are sure ways of increasing anxiety.
6. Do not be concerned with what the other participants are doing. (Another sure way of increasing anxiety is to tell yourself you are the only one having trouble.)
7. As a general rule answer the easy questions first.
THE MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAM
Multiple choice exams are not a matter of recognizing true statements. You will be asked to do more than just recognize textbook material. Multiple choice questions require fine distinctions between correct and nearly -correct statements. These distinctions are not only of Recognition, but are distinctions that involve the thinking for Synthesis, Analysis, and Application. These higher-order thinking questions sometimes make the content of the questions unrecognizable. Questions are missed often because they are not read carefully. Therefore, it is an advantage to learn about the thinking required to answer multiple choice questions and to learn how to read the questions carefully.
Multiple Choice or Multiple Guess!?
In terms of their structure, multiple choice exams have a few unsavoury characteristics: first, these tests typically have many questions to answer and the topics you studied are typically scrambled and shuffled; second, the ideas you learned about in class or in the text may be reworded in different ways: colloquially, technically, by example, or by analogy; third, very often the multiple choice test is not simple recognition of basic ideas but recognition of the answer to a reasoned problem. Your reasoning must make use of the learning from the text and may go beyond the material covered in the core curriculum or require you to apply knowledge from the text. You may have to go beyond straight memorization to make an analogy or to solve a novel problem. You cannot just be familiar with the material; you must be able to write it down, talk about it, and analyze it.
Answering Different Exam Questions
1. Pay attention to qualifying words (e.g., always, never)
2. Do not look for patterns.
3. Read through the questions with the answer.
4. Estimate the alternatives.
5. Look for clues (e.g., grammar, tenses)
6. Guess if you don�t know the answer.
7. Work backwards � read the answers, then the question.
8. Choose the best alternative (more than one answer may be correct).
1. Read the directions carefully. The directions usually indicate that some alternatives may be partly correct or correct statements in themselves, but not when joined to the stem (The stem is the question and the alternatives are the choices). The directions may say: "choose the most correct answer" or "mark the one best answer." 2. (Some have 200 questions to answer in 3 hours). This means you may have less than a minute, on average, to spend on each...
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