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  Weekly Feature: (March 25, 2003)


Tests, Tests and More Tests!
Louise's Special Feature


Final exams are coming and smart students do not leave studying to the last moment. They begin review well in advance of scheduled tests, so they have lots of time to really learn, digest and review their course material. (More information on certificate tests held in June at Pearson Adult Learning Centre.)

If you would like to learn more test taking strategies, go to this site which covers test preparation, test taking tips and test anxiety.

Test Taking Strategies

For more information on test taking, read the following passage. When you are confident you have understood it, test your learning with a cloze quiz. And, by the way, good luck on all your exams!

The Day of the Exam

      You have studied hard, and the day has finally come where you must write your exam. Try to arrive a few minutes before the exam starts. Avoid talking to other students, especially those who are doing some last minute cramming. These people will make you nervous and disturb your concentration. If you can, choose a seat that allows you to concentrate. Try to sit away from the exit to the room so you are not disturbed by students leaving before you are finished. Listen carefully to any verbal instructions from the teacher or any messages written on the board.

Here are five steps for taking exams:

1. Catch your breath

2. Read the directions very carefully

3. Read through the test

4. Budget your time

5. Answer the questions


More Test Taking Tips from Brad's Classes held in November 2003


What kinds of tips do you have for a student who is nervous about writing a test?

1. Prepare well and youíll be less nervous.

2. Relax your mind before you start. Try breathing in and out slowly.

3. Try not to have a negative attitude in your mind. Say to yourself: ďI can do itĒ instead of ďIím no goodĒ or ďI canít do this.Ē

4. Remember that the outcome for you if you fail is not negative.

5. Imagine the end of the test and your successful result.

6. Pay attention to the test questions and less attention to how well you think you are doing.

7. Get help from a professional (counsellor) if your nervousness causes you to do poorly.

8. Donít study in the hour before the test.

9. Avoid talking (especially negatively) to your friends outside the exam room.

What tips do you have for a student while they are writing a difficult test?

1. Do not sit and worry about a single question that you donít know the answer for.

2. Remember to focus on the questions you have to answer

3. Review the whole test at once. Get an overall idea of what kinds of questions you will be answering.

4. Skip the difficult questions and do all the easy stuff first. This makes you feel better, smarter, and more confident.

5. Donít, as a rule, change answers after you do a test. If you had a strong feeling that the answer is the correct one, usually (more than 75% of the time) you are right. Changes are more often to wrong from right than from wrong to right (in many teachers' experience)

6. If you have no idea about a multiple choice, make a guess (you have 25% chance of being correct).

7. Read directions carefully as very often students rush in directions and get a whole section as a result.

8. Write neatly, so the teacher is easily able to read it. Rewrite, if needed, a good copy.

9. If the directions seem unclear, ask a teacher to explain or to help.

What should a student remember to bring on test day?

1. Pencil, pen (with ink inside), eraser. Sorry, no dictionary allowed (nor calculator for earlier tests).

2. A fresh, well-rested brain. (avoid cramming or extra study the night before and use relaxation techniques before bed: drink warm milk, for example)

3. Bring water, a piece of fruit or some hot tea.

What tips do you have for students writing a math test?

1. Read the directions carefully in a math test.

2. Check if your answer makes sense.

3. Count carefully.

4. Write a full sentence answer for any word problem. Often, you lose a half mark if you donít.

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