Test Taking Tip 5: Extended Answer Questions

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  1. You should have at least 3-4 paragraphs.
  2. Remember to indent each paragraph.
  3. Always proofread your work for spelling and grammar mistakes.
  4. Budget your time and try not to rush the conclusion.
  5. Always remember to answer the question that is asked.

Introduction

The introduction paragraph should rephrase the question to prompt.  It should also include the topic sentence or thesis. There should be about 3-5 total sentences in the paragraph.  It should begin general by rephrasing the task and end specific with the thesis.

Body Paragraph

There should be at least one body paragraph.  It should flow and be organized logically.  If there are multiple topics, there should be multiple body paragraphs.  For comparisons there should always be at least two body paragraphs.

Conclusion

The conclusion should begin specific by stating the exact conclusion.  It should then become more general towards the end of the paragraph.  The conclusion should also be 3-5 sentences.

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Test Taking Tip 4: Short Answer Questions

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  1. Always rephrase the question in the answer.
  2. Keep the answer short and to the point.  Normally 1-3 sentences should be enough to answer the question.
  3. Write in full sentences.
  4. Check your spelling and grammar.
  5. If it is a math question, remember to show all of your work.

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Test Taking Tip 3: Multiple Choice Questions

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  1. Eliminate answer choices that you know are wrong.
  2. Look at the choices if something is repeated in multiple answer choices it is more likely to be correct.
  3. Look for the relationship between the answer choices; which ones are similar, which ones are different.
  4. Look at other questions in the test, another question might help you eliminate an answer choice or two.
  5. Depending on how the test is grade (if you do not lose more points for wrong answers than blank answers) always take a guess.

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Test Taking Tip 2: Stress Management

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  1. Take 30 second breaks during the test.
  2. Close your eyes and breathe.  Take a few deep breaths.
  3. I know this next one sounds weird but it really does work.  Picture your eyes floating in water.
  4. Remind yourself that you can take this test. Remind yourself that you will pass this test. Remind yourself that you will do well on this test.
  5. Relax and know that this is not the end of the world.  You will get through it.

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Test Taking Tip 1: Time Management

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  1.  Budget your time

Figure out how many questions are on the test and how long you have to take the test.  Get a general idea of how far you would like to be when time is half way.  Get a general idea of how long you should spend on each question.  

2. Which questions to answer

Read the question and decide if you can answer the question in a reasonable about of time.  If it will take twice as long as you decided you have, skip it and come back to it if you have time.  Always remember to go back to questions you skipped.

3. When to answer randomly

Different tests are designed differently.  Some tests such as the Redesigned SAT Exam and ACT Exam allow a limited amount of time to complete the test.  During the last seconds of the test, it is a good idea to fill in any answer if you did not have a chance to answer the question.  Since you do not lose points for a wrong answer, there is no penalty for taking a guess.  You never know you can get some of the correct.  Other tests like the Current SAT Exam, take off points for wrong answers.  In this case it is better not to randomly fill in answers.  Finally, other exams such as the GMAT Exam take off more points for a blank answer than a wrong answer.  Again, it is better to randomly fill in an answer than leave it blank.

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Being Reviewing for Finals

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Final exams will be here before you know it. You should start reviewing early so you do not need to cram right before the test.  There are many ways to begin studying.  You can look over your notes and create a list of questions about topics of concepts that you might have forgotten.  You can look at your old tests and answer the questions again.

Whenever you are creating a plan or working towards a goal it is important to monitor your progress.  This is why your goals should always be measurable.  You should make sure that you are accomplishing your short term goals that lead to the long term goals.  Check weekly and monthly to make sure that you are still on track to reaching your goals.

 

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