Mutiple Choice Tests
When taking a multiple choice test the answer to every question is already given. So the first thing to do is to read the answer choices first, then read the question. Can you eliminate any of the answer choice because it does not make sense for the question? Now you should have fewer answer choices. Now start solving the question. If your answer is among the answer choices, bubble the answer. If not, then use each answer choice and your work to find your mistake and mark the correct answer.
What happens when you don't know how to answer the question? Since one of the answer choices is the correct answer, try working backwards to find the correct answer. This is the reason also for reading the answer choices before starting to answers or solves the question.
Taking test can be stressful for some people or they can be a worry because you may not feel confident in your knowledge of the material. If this describes you, then working throughout the unit of student to learn the material will help with your confidence. Each class period the assignments, notes, and over all lesson is preparing you for your quiz or test over the material. Staying on task in class and at home completing your assignment and re-writing your daily notes to keep yourself organized could help with your confidence.
Learning new material in a class is much like learning a new sport or hobby. For all of these, you must practice and keep up your skills so that they don't be rusty or less confident. Much like famous basketball players staying after practice to shoot 100 free throws to improve his shooting percentages, so do you need to practice, study, and re-write the important steps to solving out math problems? But wait, the basketball player didn't just shoot 100 free throws then go home; he had to 100 free throws in a row before going home. Do you have similar expectations for yourself in math and your other classes?
Short Answer Test
These tests are either short essays or math problems requiring you to write out your answers. Both of these tests ask students to explain how and why they obtained the answer. In math these questions are answered by your math steps in solving the problem. In other classes this is achieved by asking you to write a short essay response. One why
to become more successful at these types of tests and questions is to re-read your math steps and essays before turning in your test. Many "little" mistakes can be caught when reading through your work.
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