Certificate tests will be happening over the next two weeks, and it is a good time to give some information about understanding and preparing for the coming tests for students in Levels 4 to 10.
Patricia wrote a wonderfully helpful weekly feature that you should review.
First, you should try to attend as many classes as possible. Often the teachers will mention the tests in class and will give students information on how to perform better on them. Also, you should study your English workbook. Try to finish it. Some of the questions on the grammar portion of the test may be very similar to the workbook. Make sure you know how to use all punctuation and capitals properly.
All the tests have a grammar section. They also have a reading section. The reading will be one you have never seen before, so there may be some unfamiliar vocabulary.
Remember to use context clues to guess the meaning. There are usually some hints in the sentences before and after the unknown word. The third section on the test will be writing.
All levels need to write clear complete sentences. English 6, 7 and 8 also need to write a good paragraph. English 9 and 10 need to write a good essay. Make sure you write only on one of the topics given. You have probably practiced doing this many times in your class.
No dictionaries are allowed during the tests, but don’t let that worry you. Everyone is in the same situation. Try to relax and do your best. The following weekly features are especially helpful to prepare for the upcoming certificate tests:
Test taking tips:
Here are some test-taking tips that will help you get ready for any test:
· Attend as many classes as you can – teachers will give information about what to study
· Ask your teacher what to study for the test
· Go over any work that was done in class
· Get some sleep before the test – do not stay up all night studying
· Eat before the test and/or bring snacks to the test (quiet snacks – no chips)
· Bring lots of pens and pencils so that you are ready to go
· Budget your time, make sure you have time to finish the test and review your answers
· Try to relax and breathe during the test
Some rules to remember:
· No electronics (dictionaries/phones) allowed - put away in a pocket or bag
· All bags and books must be put away – on the floor or bookshelf
The most important thing to do is to try your best.
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