Test Taking Strategies For Success on the EOCT.
Preparation • It is important to prepare for a test in advance. Nothing good comes from simply “winging” anything that you do. • Practice • Practice tests and review is the best way to prepare. • Studying over long periods is more effective than cramming the night before a test.
Preparation • Get a good night’s sleep before the test. Pulling an all-nighter studying will only hurt your performance. • Eat a good breakfast the morning of the test. Avoid eating sugary foods. High-protein foods like scrambled eggs are often best for aiding concentration and minimizing fatigue. • Wear comfortable clothing.
During the test • Don’t panic. • Take your time. • Use the restroom if you have to. A full bladder will only distract your concentration. • Don’t worry about other people being finished before you. Everyone tests differently. Just because someone’s finished first doesn’t mean that the test was easy for them.
RATER Method • With an English test such as the EOCT, you will be presented with long passages to read. • Follow this strategy to aid your understanding of the test structure and to boost your achievement: • Read: • Read all directions and questions for the section. This will give you a clear understanding of what you are expected to do. • Annotate: • Mark any questions that you have no clue about with a minus (-) next to the number. Mark any questions with content you recognize with a plus (+) next to the number.
RATER Method • Take: • Take your time reading passages. Always be mindful of the directions and the questions that correspond with the passage. • Eliminate: • Eliminate the easiest questions (+) by answering them. Eliminate outlandish answers from difficult questions (-). • React and Review: • React with your instincts if struggling. If you feel in your gut that an answer is right, it probably is. If time, review the answers you’ve selected. You never know what you may have missed.
EACH Method • Examine: • 1. Read all questions thoroughly. • 2. Investigate the title of the passage and its structure. This may help you to predict some of the answers to the questions you have already read. • Annotate: • Take notes as you read, keeping in mind the questions you have already read. • Pay specific attention to claim statements. These hold clues to the meaning of the rest of the paragraph. • Consider: • Try to select the best answer. Be mindful of distractors: • The choice that does too little: this answer type often follows the main idea of the passage but is too specific. • The choice that does too much: this answer type relates to the main idea but goes beyond the scope of the passage.
EACH Method • The choice that does too little: this answer type often follows the main idea of the passage but is too specific. • The choice that does too much: this answer type relates to the main idea but goes beyond the scope of the passage. • The close, but not close enough choice: this answer lacks a primary detail that would make it the best answer. • The off-topic choice: this answer is unrelated and the easiest wrong choice to spot. • The contradictory choice: this answer seems nearly opposite of the right choice. The right answer may be the opposite of this choice. • Hone: • Narrow down your options and react.