Tips for Writing a
Fill-in-the-Blank Test (May 8, 2004)
Make sure to review your homework before you come to class,
especially if your teacher says "We will have a test next week!"
Also, ask another student OR the teacher for notes AND also if
there will be a test.
Make sure to look at the whole exercise or sheet or section. If you
see "Directions" please read them!
Check the word list first before reading the paragraph with the
After you read the word list, read the paragraph OR sentences all
the way through before you try to fill in any blank. Usually, you can
understand the general meaning even if 10 or 20% of the words are
As you fill in the blanks, cross off the words you have chosen.
Fill in ALL the ones you know for sure FIRST.
After you fill in a blank, read it back out loud to yourself and
see how it sounds.
Put your energy into one section at a time and don't jump around
the test. However, DO do the easy parts first.
Maintain a positive attitude about your own ability to be
successful in the test. If you are in a level, the test should be
challenging but not too hard.
Using the Word Head (January 23, 2004)
to head up (verb)
She always heads up the project because she is the senior
manager in her group. This means the person is responsible for and
leads the job (project) that is being done. We know that the "head"
teacher is the senior one.
a heads up (noun)
The boss was coming into the office where the employees were
playing chess on the Internet, so the guy near the door gave the
others a "heads up." He was warning the others to go back to
work or they would be in trouble.
a head start (noun)
He had a head start over the other hockey players because he
started one year before they did. Brad had a head start on
university because he skipped Grade 4 and finished school earlier (in
to head off (verb; two meanings)
The father noticed his sons were yelling at each other, so he
headed off trouble by standing in between them. (He stopped them
from hitting each other later) Meaning 1
Let's head off to the movies after Brad's class today. (The
students will GO to a movie after class) Meaning 2
to head out; to head in (verb)
Mona headed out on a walk in Stanley Park this morning.
It's late. We should head in now.
a head-on _______ (adjective)
There was a head-on crash on Highway One yesterday and two
people were killed.
to be head over heels (adjective)
He was head over heels in love. He could think of nothing
else but his new girlfriend.
a head hunter (noun)
The head hunter in business is hired to find a good employee
for another business. The word does come from a place where, at one
time, people would cut off and collect the heads of other people.