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Test-Taking Strategies

Judi Kesselman-Turkel

Publication Year: 2003

    THE STUDY SMART SERIES, designed for students from junior high school through lifelong learning programs, teaches skills for research and note-taking, provides exercises to improve  grammar, and reveals secrets for putting these skills together in great essays.
    Test taking is a skill apart from learning course material, a skill every student must acquire in order to survive. Test-Taking Strategies is the book for anyone who has ever dreaded an exam.
    Strategies for taking every kind of test are dealt with—objective tests (multiple choice, true/false, matching), essay tests, and oral exams. The authors also offer help for handling anxiety, explaining relaxation and desensitization techniques that help students control nervousness and keep it from detracting from performance. There are tips for managing time during the test, knowing when to guess, and for pulling answers out of your memory even when the question drew a blank at first glance.
    Essay tests and oral exams are particularly gruesome for most students, and until now there has been very little advice for handling such tests. Test-Taking Strategies includes plenty of advice for developing ideas while under pressure.

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press

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INTRODUCTION Why You Need to Become Testwise

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pp. v-vi

When you take a test-any test-you're really being tested on two things: how much you know about the subject and how much you know about taking a test. Some people were born knowing how to throw a fastball. Some people seem to remember schoolwork...

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1: Before-the-Test Study Strategies

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pp. 1-13

Smart test-takers begin thinking about a test long before they enter the test room. In their heads or on paper, they compile a detailed profile of the test format and the testgiver. When they prepare for the test, they...

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2: What to Do About Before-the-Test Worry

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pp. 14-18

If test marks didn't count, nobody would worry about tests. But they do count, and most of us do worry. In fact, those who don't worry at all actually don't do as well as they would if they did worry a little. Some worry, researchers show, is good for us....

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3: What to Do in the Test Room

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pp. 19-24

Just as your emotional attitude before the test influences how well you prepare for it, your emotional state during the test can determine whether or not you do your best. We have found six ways you can use to get yourself...

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4: How to Do Your Best on Any Kind of Test

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pp. 25-35

Testwise students use most of the following general test taking strategies without thinking. With a bit of thinking, you can make them part of your bag of test tricks....

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5: MUltiple-Choice Test Strategies

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pp. 36-43

Multiple-choice is the most popular kind of standardized test. It's popular with professors, because the answers are easy for teaching assistants to grade. And it's the type of exam that rewards testwise students...

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6: True-False Exam Strategies

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pp. 44-46

True-false questions trap the sorts of students who find deeper meanings in everything they read and analyze every problem they encounter. If you have that kind of mind, make yourself work...

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7: Matching Questions Strategies

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pp. 47-48

Few standardized tests include matching questions, but teachers often like them. Students who aren't floored by the sheer length of the lists they are given to match find it easy to pick up extra points by following...

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8: Verbal Analogy Strategies

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pp. 49-52

Verbal analogies are those sophisticated word problems (cat: dog =seed: ) found in SATs and other standardized tests. Typically, you are given two words that are somehow related and then told to pick...

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9: Short-Answer and Fill-in-the-Blank Test Strategies

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pp. 53-55

You may never see a fill-in-the-blank question on a standardized test, but many teachers are very fond of them. They test your recall of specific facts-often trivia-and the best way to prepare for them is to memorize...

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10: Vocabulary Test Strategies

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pp. 56-60

Vocabulary problems are a favorite on standardized tests. Your knowledge of the English language is supposed to demonstrate how much you have learned in school and generally how intelligent you are. On these tests, being testwise can give you a great advantage....

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11: Number Problem Strategies

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pp. 61-66

You can count on getting better test scores if you attack number problems correctly. It doesn't matter whether the course is math, engineering, or science. It doesn't matter whether it's a standardized test or...

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12: Math or Figure Series Test Problems

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pp. 67-71

Some test-takers seem to be born knowing how to whiz through these IQ puzzlers which give you a series of numbers, geometric figures, or letters and tell you to supply a missing part of the series-either at the end or somewhere...

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13: Reading Comprehension Test Strategies

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pp. 72-74

You won't find reading comprehension problems on teacher-prepared exams because they don't test whether or not you have learned anything in a course. They're supposed to gauge whether you can...

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14: Essay Exam Strategies

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pp. 75-89

Many people think that essay exams are the least biased in favor of testwise students. But the truth is that testwise students can rack up extra points on essay exams as easily as they can on any other kind of test. First, prepare for every essay exam. We...

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15: Identify-and-Explain Test Strategies

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pp. 90-91

Many teachers are fond of the kind of exam in which you're given a list of words and told to write a sentence or two that sums up everything important about the subject. The following strategies should help...

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16: Oral Exam Strategies

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pp. 92-96

Like any other kind of exam, you can prepare for oral exams. And you can become testwise enough to score extra points during your orals. Since you must be able to speak fluently and clearly, with little time for organizing your thoughts,...

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17: Open-Book and Take-Home Exam Strategies

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pp. 97-98

In order to get the most points for an open-book or take home exam, you must understand why they're given. They are not intended to test how much...

Appendix A

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pp. 99-100


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pp. 101-102


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pp. 103-104


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pp. 105-120

E-ISBN-13: 9780299191931
Print-ISBN-13: 9780299191948

Publication Year: 2003