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Test Taking Strategies

It is only necessary to underline information in the question, not the answer choices.
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A student should always read the directions to a test or question so they know what is expected of them when answering the questions.
T
Reading the directions to a test is important because
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There is no need to eliminate answers if you already know which answer choice is correct.
F
Going back to look for questions that may have originally misread, and consequently gotten wrong, is called
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Crossing out answers that could not possibly be correct is called ‘eliminating answers.’
T
‘Only’ is an example of a qualified term.
F
Three steps to answering test questions correctly include
D
Eliminating silly or impossible answers should be done first when crossing out possible answer choices.
T
In order to help you answer this true/false statement, which words should be underlined?:
B
Which of the following answer choices should be eliminated first from this question?
C
‘All monkeys have tails’ is an absolute statement.
T
Fossil fuels are the only cause of global warming.
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It is possible that baseball was created by Italian citizens.
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Eliminating choices to help identify the best answer is not a valid and useful test taking strategy.
F
‘Some’ is an example of a qualified term.
T
Few examples of global warming are covered in the daily news.
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George Washington may have been afraid of snakes.
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The stars can only be seen at night.
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It is only necessary to underline vocabulary words identified in a test question.
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No plant can survive without water.
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For a statement to be considered false, every part of the sentence must be false.
F
To find any special information about how to complete a test, the student should
C
Best answer questions always include
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One should read every possible answer to a multiple choice question before selecting a final answer.
T
Statements with absolute terms are always false.
F
The moon can always be seen from every part of the earth. This is a(n) ____________statement.
B
Sometimes
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Every
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Cannot
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Could
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Sandra was quite overwhelmed by her final exam. Many of the test questions were difficult to answer, and she felt like she would not be able to complete the exam. What would you suggest Sandra do?
D
Always
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In order to avoid any confusion, one should _____________the answer to a multiple choice question before reading the possible answers.
A
To eliminate the possibility of using an answer more than once on a matching question, one should
A
“Frogs are never red.” This is an absolute statement.
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May
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Before a response test, a student should
D
Definitions and vocabulary words can never be part of response questions.
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Approximately how many times should you review and practice possible fill in the blank questions that may be on a test?
B
A fill in the blank question is considered a response question.
T
A test’s directions often clarify any questions a student might have about answering a response question.
T
A good study strategy to predict what types of questions will be on a response test is to
B
An important step in preparing for a response test is to develop a study guide.
T
Answers to response questions should always be written in complete sentences.
F
A five-paragraph essay question is one of the three types of response questions.
F
Fill in the blank questions usually require______________in the answer.
A
Response questions always have only one correct answer.
F
Response questions generally focus on
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Response questions can possibly have
C
A good place to get hints about how to answer a response question could be
C
A short essay answer usually requires one or two supporting details to your answer.
T
Fill in the blank questions are considered___________questions.
A
If you don’t know the answer to a short answer question, a guess made with common sense is likely to earn you more points than leaving the answer blank.
T
Your teacher may be able to give you hints about how to answer response questions.
T
What necessary information is missing from this formula page?
B
Dictionaries are considered a resource allowed in an open book test.
T
Open book tests are about problem solving and applying information.
T
You should have as few materials as possible during an open book test, but with as much concise information as you can fit into them.
T
An index will help you locate information in your materials during an open book test.
T
Anna was asked to show proof that the amendments to the US Constitution have improved our country’s way of life. Anna has been asked to
C
Why is it important to keep formulas separate from other information?
A
Preparation is the key to doing well on an open book test.
T
The more resources you have to choose from during an open book test, the better you will do on the test because more information is available to you.
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Most students overestimate their skill level and abilities to take open book tests.
T
Students who simply copy from the book are committing plagiarism and may be accused of cheating.
T
Using your friend’s list of key topics that might be on an open book test is sufficient preparation for the test.
F
The information you bring into an open book test should be organized for fastest possible retrieval.
T
Open book tests usually require students to recall facts and basic information about key concepts and topics.
F
A quality organization strategy before an open book test includes creating an information retrieval system.
T
Open book tests often ask students to evaluate the relationships between concepts.
T
A way to categorize information and point you to where to find that information is called
D
If you copy your answers directly from the book, your teacher may
B
For open book tests, you don’t need to know everything, just where to find everything.
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Using information in context is a skill teachers are looking for on essay tests.
T
Thomas is writing practice outlines for his upcoming essay test. His practice outlines should
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To summarize means to give three examples and several supporting details for each.
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Which word identifies the purpose of the essay?
B
Essay tests tend to focus on facts and information recall.
F
Provide examples which support your argument, either for or against, raising the driving age to 18.
D
Setting up a meeting with your teacher will not present an opportunity to find out what types of questions will be on an essay test.
F
Planning for an essay test is just as important as how you write the essays during the test.
T
Which type of test focuses on debate and discussion of key content and main topics?
C
Memorizing basic facts to include in your essays is an important part of essay preparation.
T
Essay tests tend to focus on debate and discussion of material covered.
T
During the test, simply writing down one or two key words from your practice outline may help you to remember the rest of the outline.
T
If you have a choice of questions to answer on an essay test, which questions should you answer first?
A
In order to have plenty of time to answer all required essay questions, a student should
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If you have a choice of questions to answer on an essay test, always pick the most difficult questions because those will earn you the most points.
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When it comes to essay tests, understanding the relationships among concepts is more important than memorizing facts and details.
T
Essay tests do not require students to present information in context.
F
List the similarities and differences among American settlers and Native Americans.
D
The directive of an essay question
A
Christine is writing practice outlines to study for her next essay test. What should she focus on when creating practice outlines?
C
The purpose of creating a practice outline is to
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Outlining is the first step in writing an essay answer.
T
If you must use an outline for an essay answer, you do not need to use complete thoughts.
F
If you do not recall the exact date of an event, it is okay to use a general time reference instead.
T
A strong summary will mention
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The paragraphs in an essay should always be written in complete sentences.
T
The only time to not use complete sentences in an essay is when
A
The 5 paragraph essay format includes
D
Misspelled words or poor grammar may make your essay hard to understand, which will affect your grade.
T
What is the first step once an essay question has been chosen?
A
Which of the following strategies will help you to stay focused and on topic while writing your essay?
D
A good introduction paragraph will state all three of the main supporting details to an argument.
T
It is not necessary to spend a large amount of time preparing for an essay because you are never really sure of what the questions will be.
F
What statement should you use if you do not recall the exact date of an event?
D
If you know a lot about an essay topic and have plenty of time before the test is over, you should _____________.
B
On a five question essay test, five outlined responses may earn more points than two questions answered completely.
T
The beginning of each supporting paragraph can be vague because you will include additional details in the rest of the paragraph.
F
Outlines should be written
B
Unless you are running out of time and must outline an essay answer, essay answers should always be written in complete sentences
T
The 5 paragraph essay format allows for the detailed explanation of one supporting argument.
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The 5 paragraph format includes an introduction, supporting evidence and a summary.
T
A_______________test depends on the test taker’s ability to recall specific information.
D
Best answer tests always include the correct answer as one of the possible answer choices.
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