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  1. Test Taking Created by : Curtis Mckague Learning Skills Advisor Conestoga College

  2. Testing • Test Preparation • Test Taking

  3. Quality Test Preparation • Go to class • Listen actively while in class • Take good notes in class • Read textbook actively • Create good textbook notes • Combine your class and text notes into: • Condensed notes (e.g. cue cards) • In your own words • Pictures and graphs • Study = practice test

  4. Cramming

  5. Test Preparation • Don’t cram! • Rule of thumb: • ½ to 1 hr of studying for every 1% of test • e.g. 30% test = 15-30 hrs of study • Best memory? • Frequent but short study sessions

  6. Test Time!

  7. Quick Quiz • There were 4 MC questions. How much was each MC question worth? • There were 2 short answer questions. • Did you have to answer both questions? • How much was each short answer question worth? •  Stat: • Only 20 % will read and follow test directions!

  8. Multiple Choice Questions 1. Biology is: • A type of rock • Is where animals are kept • Is the study of science • Is the study of life • None of the above • All of the above

  9. Multiple Choice Questions 1. Biology is: • A type of science • Study animals, plants, cells

  10. Multiple Choice Questions 1. Biology is: • A type of rock • Is where animals are kept • Is the study of science • Is the study of life • None of the above • All of the above

  11. Multiple Choice Questions 1. Biology is: • A type of rock • Is where animals are kept • Is the study of science • Is the study of life • None of the above • All of the above Stuck? A) Don’t guess! B) Put a symbol C) Move on

  12. Conestoga’s mascot is a: • Black-colored bird on the website

  13. Multiple Choice Questions • Conestoga’s mascot is a: • Badger • Bear • Condor • Cougar • None of the above

  14. Multiple Choice Questions • Which of the following is not a useful study tip when preparing for tests:

  15. Multiple Choice Questions • Which of the following is not a useful study tip when preparing for tests: • Taking breaks during your study sessions • Planning your reading and studying schedule well ahead of the test date • Waiting until the last minute to cram so that you don’t forget anything you studied from a long time ago • Practicing frequently over time for short durations DO DO NOT DO

  16. Multiple Choice Questions • Youmay have one of the following learning styles: • Which one do I have? • But it says styles with an ‘s’? • Hmmm…the question says may? • What does this question ask? • Think like the instructor!

  17. Multiple Choice Questions • You may have one of the following learning styles: • Auditory • Visual • Kinesthetic • All of the above • None of the above

  18. Multiple Choice Questions 1. Biology is: • A type of rock • Is where animals are kept • Is the study of science • Is the study of life • None of the above • All of the above Brainstorm: Science Bio Chem Physics

  19. Strategies for Multiple Choice Cover the answer choices Read Q carefully Highlight important words (watch for qualifiers: may, some, none, all) Rephrase Q in your own words Predict possible answers Check format of answers Look at EACH option in order slowly Eliminate incorrect answers ID correct answer If can’t answer, put a symbol and come back later Don’t leave any answer blank!

  20. Short and Long Answer • Tests: comprehension and application • Explain why and how your argument supports your answer • Include the right number (look at how much Q is worth) of specific details (examples and terminology) to support your answer • Answer all parts of the question (watch for ‘and’)

  21. Short Answer Question • Compare and contrast multiple choice and short-answer test questions from the instructor’s perspective. (4 marks)

  22. Short Answer Question • Compare and contrast multiple choice and short-answer test questions from the instructor’s perspective. (4 marks) • Compare = similarities • Contrast = differences • Instructors perspective = why would an instructor choose to use MC questions on a test? Why use short-answer questions?

  23. Short Answer Question • Compare and contrast multiple choice and short-answer test questions from the instructor’s perspective. (4 marks)

  24. General Test-Taking Strategies • Put your name on the test • Read and follow directions! • Preview your test • # pages, # Qs, Q types • Allot time by weight of questions • Read each Q carefully • Watch for qualifiers (always, not, none, some) • Underline key words; define • Rephrase Q in your own words

  25. General Test-Taking Strategies Short-answer Questions • Explain why and how your argument supports your answer • Give enough details • Give specific details • Answer all parts of the question (watch for ‘and’) • Maybe use a checklist

  26. Nervous About Tests?

  27. Test Anxiety • Prepare • Answer questions that you know • Breathing and relaxation exercises • Fantastic help through counselling services

  28. Be Physically Ready • Get enough sleep • Eat well • Protein: eggs, bacon, peanut butter, cheese, yogurt, tofu • Be on TIME!

  29. Extra Help Curtis McKague Michele Brannon-Hamilton Learning Skills Advisors